PublicLewdness

@PublicLewdness@burggit.moe

I have been gaming since 1992 and building PCs since 2003. I enjoy Linux, supporting FOSS projects and am a tinfoil hat connoisseur. Gaming is my achilles heel in that regard.

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PublicLewdness,

Neither really. Telegram is closed source on the servers and is known to cooperate with governments and law enforcement. Signal is the better option but I refuse to use an app that requires my phone number when alternatives like Matrix; XMPP; and Session exist. My phone number is tied to my name; address; and payment methods. It’s not a small ask of Signal in my opinion.

Reddit forces personalized ads, starts X-like user payment program (arstechnica.com)

Reddit rolled out some changes this week as its continues its push for revenue and profitability jumpstarted by its API rule changes in July. Among the most controversial, the company will no longer allow users to opt out of ad personalization based on their Reddit activity and started a program that lets users exchange virtual...

PublicLewdness,

Sounds like more reasons to not use Reddit. No sympathy for those this effects.

voxel, (edited ) to privacy
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Little Rat - a browser extension for monitoring other extensions

"Little Rat is an open-source extension designed for network traffic monitoring. Easily view, monitor, and block traffic from other Chrome extensions on a per-extension basis."

I use it myself and I think it's a very useful extension for everyone who uses more than just few extensions for different purposes and don't fully trust them that they send no data as the developer promises, this extension can monitor the network and act as a firewall per-extension basis.

Download (Lite Version | Can't monitor requests, only block): https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/little-rat/oiopkpalpilladnibecobcecijffaflf

Source Code and full version (recommended):
https://github.com/dnakov/little-rat/

(I'm not affliate with the developer in any way and just wanted to share this)

@privacyguides @privacy

PublicLewdness,

But who monitors the monitors ?

PublicLewdness,

I use uBlock Origin; Jshelter; and Privacy Badger. I don’t even see ads.

PublicLewdness,

My question regarding stuff like this is how do they know ? iOS is totally closed source. Even if Androidf isn’t perfect it has some open parts to it. Also you can use a DeGoogled OS which you have zero options for something similar on iOS. No closed source OS should be considered private or secure in my books.

Signal is Flawed, Why XMPP is Amazing! (new animated video) (monero.town)

Some will curse me out for discussing decentralization and freedom. I am NOT saying the average person should be concerned with CIA spying. What I’m saying is that one should promote decentralized internet infrastructures that empower the individual over corrupt institutions, even though this threat model likely does not apply...

PublicLewdness,

Signal requires a phone number which is a non starter for me. I refuse to bend to that. I’ll stick with Session; XMPP; Matrix; etc.

PublicLewdness,

I’ve never used a VPN where I didn’t get a big drop in speed. Privacy and security don’t mesh well with speed in most cases.

PublicLewdness,

I take it not as a nightmare but a challenge.

What are the best zoom alternatives? (nitter.net)

After this announcement, I am planning to reject meetings organised in zoom. But the problem is that it’s really good. So, is there any privacy friendly and viable alternatives to zoom? It does not have to be open source because I nearly tried all alternatives. Your experiences?

PublicLewdness,

People who decide what software to use based on what others will label them as are cowards.

PublicLewdness,

I don’t use Youtube; Chrome; or Google Search. I use Abrowser which doesn’t play with DRM so I don’t visit those sites. I use Ublock origin; Jshelter; Privacy Badger; and LibReDirect. I did this for years before even coming to this thread. It’s as simple as making choices which support your values. Google and the like will never change to support your values. Just ditch them and change your behavior.

PublicLewdness,

On my desktop/laptop I use Abrowser. On mobile I use Mull. You could say I have been doing my part for years but thanks for joining me.

PublicLewdness,

I use an unnoficial Bitwarden app on Ubuntu Touch. I would prefer KeePassXC or KeePassDX as my go to password managers but have found no reason to distrust Bitwarden thus far.

PublicLewdness,

I use Matrix; XMPP; Session; Jami; and am looking into Briar. Some of what the article says is valid but other parts are weird such as when they list Riot as “the Matrix client”. Matrix has many clients. I don’t use Riot at all. I use Fluffy Chat and Cinny Mainly. A lot of their list of issues don’t apply to me. For instance my phone number isn’t tied to my Matrix account and while they may get my IP I am usually on a VPN so that limits what they get. They talk of Matrix being centralized but that only really applies if you use the Matrix home server, there are many alternatives.

In the end they have some valid concerns but it really depends on what Matrix is being compared to. Even with these issues is it betetr than Discord for privacy and security ? Yes it is. Discord is clsoed source so nobody knows what it gives up or does in the background. No closed source program can be trusted over a FOSS option. If you want to trust any of the options I mentioned over Matrix then feel free to but don’t trust Discord over it.

PublicLewdness,

You can say how FOSS programs don’t equate to privacy because people may not catch things or be watching but with closed source options nobody gets to audit the code at all outside the project. How is that better for privacy ? FOSS at least gives us a chance at privacy.

PublicLewdness,

My issue with closed source is we don’t know if it is insecure or secure because nobody can find out. It’s a pandora’s box of privacy and security. It may be the most private and secure code known to man or it may be sending anything and everything about you somewhere but we’ll never really know. As for public audits who picks who gets to audit the code ? The company who made it ? You can do as you please but I refuse to trust closed source code. I’m not saying all open source code is good but at least we can find out if it’s good or not through independant means rather than trusting people that the company who made it picks to tell us.

PublicLewdness,

Telegram is closed source on the server side. I don’t trust it. Lots of better options:

alternativeto.net/software/telegram/?license=open…

Aside from the lack of E2EE, why is Telegram not trustworthy?

A lot of privacy guides suggest avoiding Telegram. I understand that in its default mode there’s no E2EE (and no E2EE for groups at all). If people I know don’t wanttko use Signal, isn’t Telegram the lesser evil given it’s nicer privacy policy (than other popular ones)?...

PublicLewdness,

What keeps me from using Telegram is the server side is closed source; they have been known to work with governments; and been willing to censor content. There are enough better options that I have zero use for them.

PublicLewdness,

While I can’t say I would have use for it myself I wish you luck and will spread it around where I can.

PublicLewdness,

I already use Trisquel; libre kernel; Abrowser; DivestOS; SearXNG; Nextcloud; Matrix; XMPP; Session; Odysee and Peertube; KeePassXC; Tutanota and Protonmail; ProtonVPN. Not sure How much further I can go without going with a Talos II.

PublicLewdness,

I use SearXNG.

You can pick an instance from here:

searx.space

I use searx.namejeff.xyz myself because it’s based out of Switzerland and gets good grades.

PublicLewdness,

I use Simple File Manager Pro myself. It’s available on F-Droid. The code is licesned using GPLv3.0.

f-droid.org/…/com.simplemobiletools.filemanager.p…

PublicLewdness,

I think VPN’s are not a magic bullet but they serve a purpose.

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