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The Best Ways to Increase Your Privacy Online

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With each day that passes by, and each new technology that is invented, it becomes more and more impossible to keep your life on this earth private. Even if you think your online experience is safe from the government, your messages are probably being read by a government employee right now as you read this.

The truth is, the idea of privacy is quickly becoming more and more of a distant dream than a reality. But there are several ways that you can increase your privacy so that your information is more secure. Read on to learn more about privacy, the lack of it in your life, and what you can do to restore some of it.

Quit Social Media

Unfortunately, there is no safe form of social media. When it came out a few years ago that Facebook was tracking its users from its app, whether the app was opened or closed, it became straight spyware directly in the pocket of all of its millions of users. And when many people began moving to a new platform, Instagram, Facebook didn’t let it happened and ultimately purchased the platform.

While the Instagram app doesn’t quite track you the way the Facebook app does, if you’ve agreed to the new terms and conditions of the app (which if you’ve used it since January 15, 2021 you have by default) you’ve agreed that Instagram owns your username. This means if you become famous, they OWN your name and you can’t even get a website with your username in the URL because Instagram owns it. Not to mention that they are still connected with Facebook and that doesn’t really instill confidence in many users as to whether or not they are being tracked.

Switch to Signal Messaging

Signal messaging, which is an app for your iPhone, is the only truly reasonable private messaging currently available on the market. This is because several messaging apps, most notably Facebook Messaging, offer no form of encryption on their services. This means that anyone can read your messages if they are able to hack the system. Not only that, but other comparable services like WhatsApp, which offer end to end encryption, are still run by for profit companies that will turn over your chat records to the authorities under a subpoena—so better watch what you say.

Signal on the other hand, is backed by donations and is truly a private way to chat. The messages are encrypted and the data is not stored anywhere. This is so that even if the signal foundation, a nonprofit foundation that monitors the code of the app, wanted to, they couldn’t turn in your chat history to the government. They can only tell them when you were logged in to the app last.

And if you were wondering whether the US government knows this or not, well of course they do, because the government requires all of its employees, including US military contractors to converse using the Signal app. It’s pretty funny when the people who are spying on everywhere are trying to avoid detection themselves. Either way, if Signal is good enough for the US government, that is a huge sign that you should use it too.

Stop Using All Google Products

Alright, everyone loves Google. But if there’s anyone who’s a bigger spy than the US government, it’s Google. And before you try to argue that you’ve disabled cookies on your computer, this doesn’t matter. This is because Google uses something called Universal ID to track its users. Any time you are on Google search engine, and search for something, this is logged directly into a database next to a user number that is unique to you. And even if you go to another website, if you leave the Google tab open, this software will continue to track every click you make.

This means Google knows everything you search for, everything you buy, and if you combine this with their app Google Maps (where you give them access to your location that is again logged next to your Universal ID number) this means that you are being tracked almost every moment of every day by big Google. People were worried about tracking chips in the COVID-19 vaccine, when really, they should be worried about the one that already exists in their pockets!

Now avoiding a Google search is impossible, so consider using a more private search engine like DuckDuckGo instead. Stop using Google Chrome and switch this out for Firefox. And although it can be inconvenient, you need to delete that Gmail address too. There are plenty of open-source email addresses that you will probably like better, Proton Mail being an excellent one. They also offer a VPN service that can help stop Google from tracking and logging your IP information. You should also disable location services on any app on your phone or computer sponsored by Google, and unfortunately this does include YouTube.

Don’t Save Any Information On Sites

You’ve probably done it before, loaded your cart with goodies then went to the checkout screen of a shop that asked you if you want to make an account and save your information for next time. NEVER do this. This is because, when your information is saved by the company, it is put into one of their databases which you don’t know the security of. This means that someone could easily steal your information from that company. This includes addresses and credit card numbers.

However, even just using a site is a risk because they will often put your address into their system to create a shipping label, and this can be an unavoidable breach in security. This is why you should consider paying for a remote address that is not at your house but in a busy shopping center. This way, you are both saving yourself from having packages stolen, as well as having a thief get your information from a website and show up to your house with the intent of robbing it.

Say Goodbye to Your Apple iPhone

Do you love your iPhone? So do many other people. And it’s very convenient when you have an Apple iPad and iMac at home to share all your information across all devices quickly and easily. Although in the past Apple was generally considered more secure than a Google Android phone, all of that is about to change.

On August 6th, 2021, Apple announced a new software that will be released to all iPhones that will scan every phone everywhere for child porn. There will be no way to opt out of this. If you have an iPhone, your phone and images will be scanned. If child pornography images are found on your account, it will be locked and law enforcement will be notified. And if you thought your messages would be safe, not a chance, as those will be scanned as well. Any that could be qualified as child abuse will be queued for review before your account is again locked and law enforcement called.

This software will be part of an update that will deploy later this year on all Apple devices. As of right now, there is no opportunity to opt out, nor is there anything from the US government of this being a blatant violation of privacy rights. So if you don’t want your photos and messages being scanned, it might be time to toss your Apple products in the trash.

Final Thoughts

Society has gotten to the point where full privacy is no longer a thing. Thanks to the government and these behemoth companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, you are probably tracked almost every minute of every day. However, if you apply the methods outlined on this list, you might be able to retain whatever shred of privacy you may have left.

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Great info about privacy will follow your tips to secure my accounts

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1 month ago

Hey, nice article!

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2 months ago

This is why I use Brave browser and their search engine as well...or probably Presearch. There is no safe place online, I don't know if our service provider is also collecting our data.

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2 months ago

Really happy to hear this! I've gotten many recommendations from privacytools.io.

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2 months ago

Wow, I never knew all these, there's nothing like privacy anymore... Thanks for this update

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2 months ago

Omg! I just found out everything. I have an iphone but they can't get anything there because I'm kind, I only use it for picture purposes hahaha and to talk to my family's messenger.

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2 months ago

We are living in a modern age and we do every work through internet but no application is secure. Whatever you use Facebook watsapp anything hackers will hack you and your data is not safe . We think if we encrypt our chat then no one read your chat but it's just our thinking 🤔. The only thing we need to do that not to share any work through internet 😥

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2 months ago

Well should we stop using Google apps? Is the Facebook too has privacy issues? Really the hacking or cyber crimes are prevailing to the society it has become threat

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2 months ago

Privacy is a joke at this point.

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2 months ago

Great

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2 months ago

first of all thinks for the great article In my opinion i think we can't remove our account on social media just for save our privecy from the others the whole world is going forword we can't just stop and watch them but we should invent a new way to protect our privecy

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2 months ago

We really need to secure our privacy specially right now since all thing thatbwe do is connected to social medias, we're not capable on what others can do in our accouts, the hackers are everywhere, there are different ways a hacker can do to break the system. This article serves as awareness for us people who uses the internet everyday.

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2 months ago

I always use two factor setting on everything

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1 month ago

We cannot deny the fact that today to we use online platforms because this is our technological innovation. We influenced by social media, of course the Facebook,Twitter , and other sites which related in tracking down people.We must understand ourself and open our mind not to put all information necessarily to social media or other online information regarding your personal belongings that could affect you. Instead learn how to moderate it with dedication towards your desire.

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2 months ago

It is true what you say, I know a few who have said they will not vaccinate because they don't want to be tracked. And they are people who can not live without being all day glued to a cell phone. I do not think we can be without Google, Facebook, Apple, or Amazon, it would be something like not wanting to live on planet Earth. Even on the moon and beyond, to infinity, we would be tracked. I enjoyed, as always, reading your article, thank you, greetings.

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2 months ago

There's a lot of things I learn from read this article very big help now I know why my account has been hacked last month from joining a site and same password with my gmail thank so much.

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2 months ago

They post very good may friend greetings from Ecuador

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2 months ago

It is very helpful.Thank u

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2 months ago

As what I learnt from my ex. Once you use social media, other people can easily track you.

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1 month ago

Privacy seems like a impossible thing to have.

But see, some level of scrutiny may be required to catch real criminals. I mean if all the criminals use signal app to do their devious plans not cool is it?

That being said, its really bad that we can be tracked by basic apps like these, apps like google maps are a must for us and these days those delivery guys require your location to be shared for them to know the right address to reach your home and all that...

Anyway... Definitely, Government will scan and track movements of odinary citizens and they have right to privacy, but I feel some amount of scrutiny should be there to investigate certain groups who use platform for devious purposes.

I really fasinated about this privacy movement, because most of us hardly care about privacy but we want convenience and do a big compromise.

Anyway...nice take on the subject, definitely its good to explore all the options you have listed in the article!!

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1 month ago

Thanks for presenting it

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1 month ago

In our modern technology there is no really safe place for our data privacy hackers are everywhere so we must be very careful on sharing information online. Thanks for sharing this information.

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2 months ago