Real-ID requirement for cell phones

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.

Big Tech Monopolies

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.

Social Media-Free 2020

As of today, I’m totally social media free!

I want to head off the new year by being free of pervasive propaganda and toxic manipulation. Today I deleted my Twitter account. I had previously deleted Facebook in 2016 after the election. It was epic toxic – people tearing each other down. Very bad for the soul.

While I believe in free speech, I don’t think wading a cesspool of negativity, lies and manipulation is good for humanity. Do as you wish, but I’m out. People who want to get a hold of me know how.

iPhone & Safari Ad Tracking

Despite what Apple says about privacy (“What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone”), ads most definitely track you on your iPhone and iPad. They also track you in every web browser, including Safari. False advertising from Apple regarding ads.

The Verge published a nice piece that shows how to limit some of that tracking. Emphasis on ‘limit’; this will not eliminate ads. Still, it’s good to do everything you can to minimize or eliminate all forms of intrusion.

To limit ad tracking on your IOS device:
Go into “Settings” on your iPhone/iPad
Select “Privacy”
Select “Advertisements”
Turn on the “Limit ad tracking”

To limit ad tracking in Safari:
Go into “Settings” on your iPhone/iPad
Find the section titled “Privacy & Security”
Turn on “Prevent Cross-Site Tracking”
Turn on the “Block All Cookies”

Block apps from phoning home when you aren’t using them:
Go into “Settings”
Select “General”
At the top, select “Background App Refresh”
From here you can allow apps to phone home via wifi, cellphone data or not at all.
Select the back button and make sure all apps are turned off.

 

Beyond all this, it’s better to use a VPN and Firefox, along with the Firefox addons: “Ghostery”, “https everywhere” and “Noscript Security Suite.” Regarding the “Noscript” add on, you can select it to allow scripts on pages you trust.

Internet Security Habits, tips and tricks

Urban Knish discusses some good internet security habits in the age of data collection and man-in-the-middle attacks.

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Relevant links:
Firefox Browser, Ghostery Plugin, HTTPS Everywhere, NoScript
ProtonVPN, AstrillVPN, Private Internet Access VPN
Tor Browser for the computer
Tor Browser for IOS
Tor Browser for Android
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