Security & Reference
Protect Your Privacy
Every time we sign up for something FREE or NOT, we are surrendering personally identifiable and traceable information (PII) to the service provider. Most of those service providers have lengthy and confusing legal policies that allow them to share or even sell our information. Regardless of the services we opt into, we’re all dependent on the hidden enemy – the actual internet service or cellular providers a.k.a. telecom companies.
These telecom companies are the true data miners and they give our private information to whomever is willing to pay them for it. We opt into them selling our information the second we sign up for internet or mobile data.
There’s no bulletproof way to protect our individual privacy in today’s information-driven world. We can however mitigate risk and be prudent in what doors we intentionally open and what doors we try to prevent from opening. Here are some basic steps to get you moving in the right direction…
A meaningless pursuit?
Pretty much. Because we have digitized so much of our world (ex. cashless money system), each of us are constantly tapping privacy touchpoints in our everyday lives. Some argue that it’s futile to try and avoid getting digitally profiled. I personally think it’s extremely difficult to “go dark”, but still possible. At some point it comes down to a question of resources. Most of us can’t liquidate our assets to the level that would permit personal anonymity. Other personal sacrifices would include abandoning family, friends and meaningful interaction with anyone—near impossible for even a government intelligence agent.
Online Personal Risk Mitigation
- Uninstall as many apps and disable as many features from your cell phone as you can – while preserving your primary most trusted communication channels (ex. calling, texting, news feeds, email, etc.).
- Try to decrease your dependence on any Google / Microsoft / Apple services you may have. Find alternate services.
- Install Brave or Firefox (from Mozilla) for browsing the web.
- Opt out of sharing your connections, social networks and opting in to single sign-on services allowing you to integrate multiple accounts with different providers.
- Ask a professional to help you get a VPN setup on your network – these can technically block your information from going to your internet service provider. Don’t bother with FREE VPNs. Express VPN is probably the best. SurfShark & NORDVPN are great as well.
- Steer clear of sites that offer something for free in exchange for your email, name, birthdate, address or phone number.
- Remember, nothing of value is FREE in this world. Even Ad Blockers and seemingly valuable extensions will want to track everything we see/do/click. If you t rust the company offering the service – then go ahead and sign up. But make these companies EARN YOUR TRUST.
Leave the Matrix
There are two great reset plans. There is a benevolent plan and a malevolent plan. One plan seeks to DIVIDE us and position us for Communist takeover. The other plan seeks to UNITE us and bolster our freedom, our voices and our strength.
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