I have had a Pi-hole set up near my cable modem for at least 1-2 years now? Time moves differently for me for the last 18 months. Regardless, my Pi-hole device just sits there, filtering out ads from the network. I highly recommend setting up a Pi-hole for your home. It’s cheap, easy, effective and efficient!
What is it? A cheap Raspberry Pi computer with an SD card. Gets power from a phone charger and connects with a simple Ethernet cable. Runs passively without any fans at about 37 degrees C.
How do you use it? You can set it up as a Wifi source, or you can add the IP address in your wifi settings for DNS server. Use the same IP address in your web browser to see a web interface. From there you can modify the whitelist/blacklist and see in real time how many ads are being rejected.
How do you set it up? There are many guides. Here is a good one: https://www.instructables.com/Pi-Hole-Setup-Guide/
Essentially, what is involved? You flash a linux OS for Raspberry Pi onto your SD card using something like the Balena Etcher. I prefer “dietpi”, which is a low resource Debian distro. https://dietpi.com/ A simple 8GB or higher card will suffice. Then you install Pi-hole on it.
How do you maintain it? Every now and then, it’s good to log into it with SSH and run a “sudo apt update/upgrade” (if you choose a Debian distro). That’s it.
I have over 4 million domains on my blocklist and it makes a HUGE difference when I load websites without Pi-hole DNS configured in my wifi settings.
Bonus: You can SSH into it and install lynx, mc and any other useful linux terminal programs and have fun with it. As a double-bonus, you could even host web services like subsonic or ftp using it!
Call me paranoid but I see France, Germany and South Korea joining the ranks of China and Hong Kong in making it illegal to operate a cell phone without real-ID as a precursor to more liberties lost in the US.
They can spy on your every move and hold you accountable for everything you do and say.
To some “IHAVENOTHINGTOHIDE” folks, being in the establishment group-think means a golden ticket and out of harms way. They need to think again. What is acceptable today will be punishable/indefensible tomorrow.
What comes after that is FORCING everyone to have a smart phone that acts like a nanny, ankle bracelet, tracker, and facilitator of all transactions. The 1984 screen that you keep on your person and can never abandon. Can’t order from the menu without the QR code.
Can’t enter the store without your real-id tracker.
Further, I fully expect world governments to ban non-sanctioned operating systems and for them to have government agencies in charge of working with Apple/Google/Samsung on what government apps are on the phones.
If you do not like the Big Tech stranglehold on the economy, your privacy and your free speech, there’s only one way to take that control back and it might be uncomfortable. But if you care at all about winning in this fight, it’s worth it. Here’s how:
Your wallet, your data, and your time.
Don’t give them your money, access to your data and any of your time! They will die on the vine. This means not having/using a google account. This means carrying a flip phone when you travel outside the home. This means not using apps on IOS and Android that have full access to your contact list, camera, SMS messages, etc. This means canceling your social media accounts. By all means, never give these oligarchs your money! That includes cloud data usage, app purchases, online movie rentals, stock purchases, etc. If you say to yourself, “who cares, I have nothing to hide”, you will fall prey to their Artificial Intelligence as they collect *all* of your data, from your intimate sleep patterns, political/religious beliefs, sexual orientation, shopping habits, etc. They will use all this information against you in many ways and control every aspect of your life!
Spend your money, and time somewhere else. Do business with people and companies you trust. Ditch IOS/Android “apps” and start using your browser if you can’t give up your “smart” phone. The Brave Browser is a great one. Start using a good VPN like the one offered by Proton VPN or Private Internet Access (not sponsored, just ones I use and trust). Use Linux on your home computer, even if that means having one computer for business and a Linux computer for personal use. We can fight the big tech monopoly but it only starts when we divorce ourselves from them.
So far, Protonmail has evaded us with eMail client support.
Now the option exists via the Protonmail Bridge, which is available for Mac OSX, Windows 10 and GNU/Linux.
Here’s how I set it up in Ubuntu:
From the protonmail.com/bridge/install page, click on the GNU/Linux to download the .deb file. Double-click on it and launch the software manger. Install.
Unfortunately, right now the only email client that works with this Protonmail Bridge is Thunderbird, which is a Mozilla product. I had previously deleted this app out of protest of Mozilla’s anti-speech behavior but since it’s free and open source, and the only option for now, I will have to live with it. If you do not have this program, in a terminal, type: