Bring privacy under your control again

Took me a while, but when Google fired James Damore for his memo, that was a tipping point for me. It was also a day when I entirely dropped Google Search. And also a day when I decided to start using more and more “independent” alternative services that are more privacy focused. Some are easier to switch to, some are not. But let me tell you, it’s worth it when you realize how these mega corporations are just straight up evil.  From their fucked up internal politics to endless meddling with politics worldwide to how they handle our sensitive private info with next to no regard for anything or anyone. Sure, they offer services for free in exchange for our privacy, but there will be a point when you’ll ask yourself, is my private info and data really worth so little that I trust it to Google instead of paying a relatively small subscription for a secure encrypted private mailbox with nearly same features as found on GMail? It takes some time to realize that, but take some time and think about it.

To make final decisions easier afterwards, here are some tips on what services to use in order to break free from mega corporations mining your personal data…

DNS Service

OpenDNS
Cloudflare DNS

Web Search

DuckDuckGo
Qwant
iquick | StartPage
Unbubble

e-Mail Service

ProtonMail
Tutanota
Hushmail
StartMail
Mailfence
PrivateRelay
Posteo
Kolab
Lavabit
Criptext

Data Storage

MEGA
DropBox
pCloud
AllSync
SkyCloud
Degoo

Online maps/navigation

HERE WeGo | HERE Maps for Android
OpenStreetMap

Two-Factor Authenticators

FreeOTP
Authy

Web browser

Mozilla Firefox
Vivaldi

VPN

ProtonVPN

 

Summary

After long hours of research and investigation, I’ve dug up these services that are highly focused on privacy and security, are mostly located in countries with most rigorous privacy laws or they are designed in such a way no one can even force them to uncover your data, because only you have the decryption keys. They may not be free, but can you really put a price tag on your privacy when you think about it? Some services cost a bit more a year, others less. Some are even free but with certain limitations like e-mail storage space and less features which kinda forces you to upgrade. But you can evaluate them cost free this way and decide which ones you like.

Suggestions?

If you know any other services that you feel they need exposure here, leave them down below in the comments and I’ll check them out. If I feel they are worthy, I’ll include them on the list above.

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4 thoughts on “Bring privacy under your control again

  1. Thank you for the info

    -Jack

    On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 6:23 AM, RejZoR’s Flock of Sheep wrote:

    > RejZoR posted: “Took me a while, but when Google fired James Damore for > his memo, that was a tipping point for me. It was also a day when I > entirely dropped Google Search. And also a day when I decided to start > using more and more “independent” alternative services that ” >

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  2. fastmail.com fills the criteria, australian company not required to retain meta-data, big on security, big on privacy, free trial, very reasonable t&c and pricing, various domains, etc, etc

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  3. DNS
    DNSCrypt Uses OpenDNS and Quad9 (official OpenDNS will log traffic)
    https://simplednscrypt.org
    https://github.com/jedisct1/dnscrypt-proxy

    Email
    https://www.vfemail.net
    https://webmail.vivaldi.net (IMAP and POP) (stored in Iceland)

    Use storage sites with 1 3rd party GUI
    Uploads
    File & Image Uploader – http://z-o-o-m.eu
    Management
    http://www.airexplorer.net
    http://www.cloudbuckit.com
    https://www.odrive.com
    https://www.odrive.com
    Total Commander Cloud plugin – https://www.ghisler.com/plugins.htm
    (Android versions available)

    Download from advert/tracker filled hosting sites without using a browser
    http://www.mipony.net (droid version available)

    Google chat (also FB)
    https://pidgin.im (PGP/OTR available)
    https://www.miranda-ng.org (PGP/OTR available)
    https://www.trillian.im (droid and iOS version available)

    App store replcement
    https://f-droid.org (only Open Source apps)
    https://f-droid.org/packages/fr.kwiatkowski.ApkTrack/ (find updates for apps)

    Inspect and rate apps for plugin and permissions risk
    https://public.addonsdetector.com
    https://www.appbrain.com/app/appbrain-ad-detector/com.appspot.swisscodemonkeys.detector

    Encrypted SMS
    https://silence.im

    Block trackers at the network level in mobiledevices (No ROOT needed)
    https://disconnect.me/mobile/disconnect-malvertising
    VPN app also available

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  4. AdGuard Family DNS is the best, Yandex Family DNS is a close second – but may be KGB-spied.

    Yandex e-mail is good, but sometimes kinks out on frequently-spoofed e-mail sources, leading to some frustration with signup/recovery – even if I add the source to contact book before requesting anything.

    Browser: Brave promised (but never delivered) an option to watch ads before using sites then “spend” watched ads to remove ad pop-ups and such.
    Yandex Browser is good, but doesn’t mate well with CCleaner. Firefox in minimal-junk mode is suggested.

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