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My Privacy Practices
Or How Do I Do My Computing

There’s a lot of things I don’t use. I don’t use a smartphone, a PC, a tablet, Twitter, Facebook, Google, navigation apps, smart watch, trackers, etc. It happened a lot of times that people tell me to communicate with them using messenger apps like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger and I refused; because I don’t want to let companies violate my right to have privacy.

I recently installed Telegram Messenger on my laptop but I didn’t provide it my contacts information and I ask people to send only regular, and not serious, information to me. I always ask people to encrypt their messages and use secure ways of communication. I always ask people to send files using OnionShare or secure alternatives.

I use a Lenovo Ideapad laptop with Gnu/Linux operating system which is installed on a fully-encrypted hard drive. I never use a Windows PC or Mac/iOS computer. When I have to use another people computers, I run Tails operating system and I send all information through a secure/hidden Tor network.

I don’t own a smartphone. I use a custom configured mobile phone without a GPS tracker and ability to violate my privacy rights. I don’t connect to the internet with my phone. I don’t send serious information with text messages or I don’t provide information to people through a voice call.

I’m very careful about how I connect to the internet. I use Firefox browser with some privacy add-on. I don’t connect to websites that don’t encrypt my communication with them. It means I won’t visit your website if you don’t have a valid SSL/TLS certificate. If I have to surf your website for the first time, I’ll use Tor browser with LibreJS and NoScript add-on as well as HTTPS Everywhere. I use Thunderbird to read or send encrypted email messages.

I always download my emails to a local hard drive. I never keep my emails on the server or cloud. I don’t use Gmail, Outlook, AOL, Yahoo, or other email services which can violate our privacy rights. I use Riseup to get a personal email and Autistici/Inventati to have my custom email account. I try not to communicate with people whom don’t encrypt their messages or use not secure services but if I have to respond, I’ll do it.

I’m not a picky person about programs but most of the programs I use are free software and I try to avoid proprietary software. For example, I rather use GitCola as a git GUI and not GitKraken. I sometimes publish some programs I write under MIT license.

I also avoid using GitHub as it’s now owned by Microsoft. I used to have an account on GitHub but now I try to host my own code. I also have an GitLab account on 0xacab.org.

I try to use services which don't require signing-up but when I have to use them, I use a Temp-mail email and I delete my account and information after.

This website is proudly hosted by Autistici/Inventati. They collect as least information as possible. This website doesn’t track people or set cookies but I suggest you to use a reliable VPN service; not only for this website but for all websites. No third-party service is being used to deliver you content.

I don’t use JavaScript. It can be dangerous. I try to block JavaScript codes but sometimes it’s needed to get services.

I’m conscious that nothing is completely safe online. So I ask people not to trust anyone even if you know them. Some people give me their personal information. I never save these information and I ask them not to do that again.

Some people ask me for my personal information. I never give them these kind of information. Some people also ask me that what kind of information is personal. I tell them that any information that can be used to identify them is personal. It includes their real name, birthday, passwords, personal email address, IP, location, phone number, fax, credit/debit card number, bank information, MAC address, private GPG code, etc.

Some people consider me as a Stallmanist. What I tell them is that Mr. Stallman is founder and president of free software foundation and a free software activist. What I am is a privacy activist. I care about privacy and controlling my data but Mr. Stallman fights to have control over his computing. In a simple example, I can say that if Microsoft would protect my data in a way that nobody could access my information (even Microsoft itself), I would use Windows or other Microsoft services no matter I can configure my computer and customize it or not or whether I can access to all system files or not.

I try to pay cash as much as possible but sometimes I have to pay with a debit card; when it’s that, I always use the POS machine personally. I enter the password myself and I don’t let other people touch my card.

Sometimes people ask me to use my laptop. I only give my laptop to people I trust. I have a guest user account with no root/administrator access for other people. I don’t let people install anything on my laptop and I ask them to leave no personal information on my device.

Some people ask me to hack into other people stuff such as their WiFi router or email account. I always refuse to do that and ask them to respect other people privacy and right to own their information. I used to report security bugs to companies but I no longer do that.

 

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