Gabriel Custodiet episode and Privacy and Security
I really enjoyed the latest show, combining many of my interests. I would just like to share some info that people in the privacy/security community might be familiar with, but might be new and useful for people in the THC community. Also, I would like to bring it back to the fore that many premium THC members got doxxed due to some update glitch in the forums and this still hasn't been formally addressed by Admin. The doxxing is still present in search engine results of users real identity. Anyway here are some tools I have gotten into related to privacy/security
For a phone I use a Pixel 4a that I purchased with cash at Best Buy. I flashed this phone with Calyx OS. I have a Mint Mobile SIM that I purchased with cash and activated with fake name and address, but I keep this SIM in my wallet and only put it in my phone on rare occasions when I need data and don't have wifi access. I don't use the phone number associated with my SIM ever for calls or texts. I only use Signal or I use JMP.Chat to send regular calls or SMS. JMP.Chat also allows me to send calls or SMS texts from my computers. I have a Garmin GPS that I purchased with cash for Navigation. Magic Earth is also a good phone app for GPS navigation, but since I don't have a SIM in my phone, this isn't a viable option. I use my phone as a music and podcast player, camera, notes, but I don't do streaming stuff. I download podcast episodes, and I keep my music library on my phones hard drive. I don't miss having data when away from wifi, in fact I love it because it is like winding back to the days of answering machines and makes me a lot more present in the world. Here are the Apps I use, almost all are from F-Droid
F-droid: app store
Aurora Store: Google play store proxy
Calyx Firewall app: blocks permissions of apps in an easy to use interface. Only available on CalyxOS
Shelter: work profile and app locking
Signal: text messages, calls, video calls
Cheogram: SMS, SIP calls, regular phone calls via XMPP using the JMP.Chat service
Gcam Mod: Camera
Open Camera: Camera
NewPipe: Youtube proxy
Podverse: podcast app
AntennaePod: podcast app
NordVPN: Always on VPN. Proton or Mullvad is more trustworthy than Nord, but I have a longterm subscription
Aegis: 2 Factor Authentication
Poweramp: music player
Shuttle: music player
SyncThing: file syncing from computer to phone and vice versa
nextcloud: self-hosted cloud storage
nextcloud notes: cloud notes
nextcloud tasks: tasks app
Protonmail: email host and app
k-9 mail: email client
Samurai wallet: bitcoin wallet with whirlpool for cleaning bitcoin history
Cake Wallet: Monero wallet
Element: app for accessing Matrix messaging and chatrooms
Tusky: app for accessing Mastodon, Pleroma, Pixelfed
I keep the apps with network access in my work profile and keep them locked when not in use
I can make one of these lists for my computers later, but this is already longer than anyone is going to read. Message me with any questions or if you need any help flashing CalxOS or LineageOS.
Hey man. I’ve been a plus member for about a year now. I’m a real novice with tech at the moment. I was fairly knowledgeable around 2000-2015 but I’ve stepped away from learning more since then. I’ve let my phone dumb me down. I’m interested in getting more private. I have at&t and an iPhone 6plus I’ve had since 2015. I’m about to get a laptop but we can talk about that when it’s in my possession. Where should I start? Mint SIM card? Downloading the programs you were talking about? Do I need to unlock my phone? Or does that even matter? Idk man. Lol anything you’re willing to help me with I will appreciate. Thanks
Sounds good. I guess all I really need to do is play with my settings and delete the Amazon app. I’ve already deleted all social media moths ago. Just couldn’t stand it anymore. Thanks for the help!
Does anyone know how to truly eliminate the bloatware from Samsung android phones?
I am guessing that if I eliminated the 50 games and all the facebook stuff I would double my memory and double my privacy.
In the news today, over 150 apps on the Google Play store were banned by Google because they were found to have data-mining funneled to US National Security Contractors. This is a bit ironic, considering that Google is probably funneling so much of its own data mining to US National Sercurity Agencies, but just lets you know that the apps are in fact spying on you for the Feds and the advertisers. Open Source apps are better and less apps is better. Here is a partial list of the apps so you can check if you have any of them, but really if the app is free, then you are the product and the app is spying on you (Unless it is FOSS, then people can inspect it and tell if it is spying on you). The list of apps is near the bottom of this article.