A Call for more Privacy
Hello there. In my last post, I wrote about the risks of cloud computing. But this time I will deal with another, related matter. It's about privacy and anonymity on the net.
Nowadays the users seem to realize that their communication or searches are not as anonymous as they would like them to be. All the well know providers are not tired of pointing out of how much they respect and protect the users' privacy. But more and more data leaks have become public. You can see a full list at Wikipedia here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_data_breaches.
Which sites and search engines are really trustworthy? And what can you do about my privacy? So here is a short overview. But if you are really interested in that matter, make sure you check out some books in this topic on Gebraucht-Kaufen.de
Everything is for Free?
Due to the revelations of Edward Snowden, the full extend of mass surveillance has become public. Also on private users were – and still are – heavily spied on. Especially modern smartphones and additional equipment like Bluetooth Headphones are an easy target.
Also a lot of free e-mail providers have been under massive pressure. They simply can not guarantee secure message transmission.
Furthermore some big providers even do analyse all the users' mails, contacts or calendar-data and use them for their own purpose or sell it to make a profit. That's actually their business model. The users aren't aware that they are nor the costumers. They are the product.
Encryption and the Issue with Metadata
Anyone who wants to protect his or her privacy, should encrypt their mails and messages, because everything written in plain text can be easily monitored, captured, analysed and evaluated – not just by secret services or agencies – but by anyone. Therefore End-to-End encryption is compulsory. This is the only way the message can protected effectively from the sender to the recipient from prying eyes. The most popular standard for this is PGP.
Furthermore, due to the leaking information, the public became aware that secret services and agencies are also interested in who is communication with whom. However, such meta information is independent of encryption when mail servers and programs exchange messages among themselves. Actually there is nothing one can do to prevent these meta data. They are created automatically. Every mail you write, every message you sent, every call you make or every post you publish. There is metadata everywhere, especially if you are using a modern smartphone.
There are a lots of different modes available. But maybe you should consider a Fairphone. They are using a special version of Android, which is more privacy-friendly. Obviously they are a bit more expensive, but you can get them cheap for sale on http://www.gebraucht-kaufen.de/fairphone. But it's way better for your privacy.
Search Engines are collecting Data
It is well know, that Google stores every single search request as well as additional information. This is actually their business model.
A good alternative is DuckDuckGo. They don't collect all the data. They even stripe off the IP address. Actually it is a kind of hybrid-search engine, because it uses different search engines and their indexes to provide the search results.
Another trustworthy provider is IXQUICK, which is located in the Netherlands in Europe. Also no data is stored here, and a secure SSL connection is available for all the requests. According to the provider, the log files are supposedly deleted after 48 hours. IXQUICK combines several portals for the search. The results are ranked by more or less stars according to their relevancy.
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