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DuckDuckGo Privacy Weekly

Posted in uncategorized with tags , on February 12, 2021 by andelino

DuckDuckGo Privacy Weekly For Feb 11, 2021

EU Citizens’ Rights Are Under Threat From Anti-Encryption Proposals []
End-to-end encryption in the EU is at risk. We support the joint statement by ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota opposing a December 2020 resolution paving the way for encryption backdoors. “Data is either encrypted or it isn’t”.

Why You Should Change This TikTok ‘Phone Tracking’ Setting []
If you have TikTok, it’s highly likely they have your phone number, which is a gold mine that allows the platform to track users “across apps and websites used by other companies.” Zak Doffman explains how to get your number removed.

How to Make Google and Facebook Care About Privacy []
Facebook and Google don’t care about fines, so Cathy O’Neil says regulators should hit them where it hurts: “The most valuable assets — the algorithms that Facebook developed from the misappropriated data remain intact.”

What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels []
As you may have seen, Apple’s Privacy Labels have landed in the App Store. Brian X. Chen breaks down how to read them.

Why a Tweet From California’s AG About a Global Privacy Tool Has Companies Scrambling []
Global Privacy Control (GPC) means “companies doing business in California that don’t respect the browser opt-out request will be subject to consumer complaints or compliance enforcement…” Turn on the GPC setting by default with DuckDuckGo.

Clearview AI Ruled ‘Illegal’ by Canadian Privacy Authorities []
Quacking for Canada’s privacy win! Clearview AI’s facial recognition app is mass surveillance and illegal, says Daniel Therrien from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. “It is an affront to individuals’ privacy rights and inflicts broad-based harm on all members of society.”

DHS Sued Over Its Social Media Surveillance Tactics []
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is being sued by the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) for failing to respond to requests re: their “data hovering practices,” tapping into US citizenship applicants’ social media accounts.

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DuckDuckGo Privacy

Posted in uncategorized with tags , on January 28, 2021 by andelino

DuckDuckGo Privacy Weekly  For Jan 28, 2021

How to Stop Instagram From Tracking Everything You Do []
Instagram user? Matt Burgess points out: “Other than deleting the app completely, there’s very little you can do to stop Instagram from tracking your behavior on its platform, but there are things you can do to limit it.” He explains how.

Your Car Is Watching: Here’s What Your Vehicle Knows About You []
The bad news: The data your car collects on you can be shared with automakers, rental agencies, police, and third parties. The good news? You can protect yourself and your data with some simple steps.

Wearable Devices and Your Privacy []
Do you use a fitness tracker or smart watch? This handy guide from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada will help you set up privacy protection on your wearable devices.

Here’s What Google Didn’t Say in Its Promises About Our Privacy []
Eye rolling at Google’s response to antitrust lawsuits. “Google’s core arguments on the privacy and power front are actually really similar in one specific way: They only ring true if you don’t actually question Google’s claims.” Well said Shoshana Wodinsky!

High Court Rules Against Government Bulk Hacking []
Major privacy win in the UK! After being challenged by privacy group Privacy International, the UK “High Court ruled against the intelligence agencies’ use of bulk hacking for domestic targets,” as Phil Muncaster reports.

And finally…

This month marks three years since we re-launched our mobile app as an all-in-one privacy app, providing a drop-in replacement for both the Google Chrome browser app and the Google search app. Search and browse privately with one download. Privacy, simplified.

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DuckDuckGo Weekly Updates

Posted in uncategorized with tags , on January 21, 2021 by andelino

DuckDuckGo Privacy Weekly For Jan 21, 2021

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How To Survive Big Tech

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2021 by andelino

The largest technology companies in the United States don’t like you very much. Conservatives will have their voices silenced just like the dissenters in China.

So, what should you do to survive “The Purge”

Social Media

Start by recognizing that you can’t fix the tech platforms that are bent on eradicating your “Social Media” point-of-views. You’ll have to go elsewhere or be exiled. So consider alternative social media platforms focusing on freedom of speech like Parler, Gab, MeWee, Rumble, etc.

Search Engines

Google kicked Parler off its app store because it disagreed with posts that users published. Weak, lame, silly, petty. Yeah, but it is what it is. You can’t fix Google, so avoid it.

DuckDuckGo is a fantastic search engine, they don’t track you, don’t sell your data and do not have the algorithmic political bias that Google does. Go HERE to see how to change the search engine you use from Google to ANYTHING else.

Another great search engine is Brave, a fast, private and secure web browser for PC, Mac and mobile. Download now to enjoy a faster ad-free browsing experience that saves data and battery life by blocking tracking software.

Tech Choices

Apple and Google kicked free speech company Parler off of its app store. If you have an iPhone or a Pixel, you’re financially supporting their actions.

While Samsung still uses Google’s Android OS, picking a phone not made by Apple or Google nets the monopolistic demons much less revenue than buying their phones.

You can also “de-Google” your Android phone to completely release you from Big Tech’s grasp:

The ultimate idea is to make sure you aren’t stuck on a single platform, with a single provider, on a single device. You must decentralize your communications so that you can get the information you need.

While luxuriating in Tahiti, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey made a shameful but bold decision: He removed thousands of conservative voices from his platform, including GrrrGraphics. You can follow GrrrGraphics on Gab with same ID @GRRRGRAPHICS.

Our mass violation? We were all pro-Trump. Dorsey “lied” and said we were promoting ”violence” while he allowed “hang Pence” messages to stay.

Not to be outdone, Jeff Bezos also “cleansed” the Twitter alternative, Parler, from his company’s cloud servers. Trump supporters are now being smeared as “terrorists” by the far left mega billionaires.

Throughout 2020, Facebook was busy “censoring” conservative voices on their platform. Mark Zuckerberg is good friends with China’s President Xi.

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese. He asked Xi to name his child. Zuckerberg clearly interfered with the election by refusing to allow any comments or links to Hunter’s notorious laptop. Facebook went the Hillary route of lying and said with zero proof that it was “Russian disinformation.”

Try using Google for any searches of conservative opinions and you’ll see page after page of leftist opinions stating why conservatives are wrong. Goggle does “evil” and it’s now nothing more than a “socialist propaganda arm” and not a search engine.

Many on the left claim it’s perfectly fine for these CEOs to burn conservative opinions. After all, they are private companies and can do whatever they want. Not exactly. They are publicly-held companies. Twitter’s stock got slammed the other day and rightfully so. Let’s hope the mega billionaires are all taken down a peg or two, but more importantly, we all need to point out the hypocrisy of the left for blatantly violating our First Amendment.

The lefty mega billionaires know their plans for us are unpopular. Their ideas don’t stand up in the marketplace of ideas, so they want to limit and control that marketplace.  They know this is not aligned with our Constitution, but they don’t care. They admire the “Chicoms” system more. Hence their naked display of reckless power.

They must be awfully “afraid” if they’re resorting to “silencing” millions of Americans.

Banning Conservatives From Existence Is a Bold and Dangerous Move
Facebook to Aggressively Remove All “Stop the Steal” Content
Ron Paul Says Facebook Blocked Him From Managing His Profile
The Outright Lies of Equality by Big Tech Organizations
The vilification and purge is not so much about Trump as it is about you

DuckDuckGo vs Google

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on March 3, 2020 by andelino

Want to remove “Google” from your life? Here are some helpful suggestions!

Google trackers have been found on 75% of the top million websites. This means they are not only tracking what you search for, they’re also tracking which websites you visit, and using all your data for ads that follow you around the internet. Your personal data can also be subpoenaed by lawyers, including for civil cases like divorce. Google answered over 100,000 such data requests in 2016 alone!

More and more people are also realizing the risk of relying on one company for so many personal services. If you’re joining the ranks of people who’ve decided Google’s data collection has become too invasive, here are some suggestions for replacements with minimal switching cost. Most are free, though even those that are paid are worth it — the cost of not switching is a cost to your personal privacy, and the good news is we have a choice!

Google Search -> DuckDuckGo (free)
Let’s start off with the easiest one! Switching to DuckDuckGo not only keeps your searches private but also gives you extra advantages such as our bang shortcuts, handy Instant Answers, and knowing you’re not trapped in a filter bubble.

Gmail, Calendar & Contacts -> FastMail (paid)
We host addresses on “FastMail”, an independent, paid service that also includes calendar and contacts support across all devices. There are also several ways to get encrypted email between trusted parties by integrating PGP encryption tools. Even more private email alternatives are ProtonMail and Tutanota, both of which offer end-to-end encryption by default.

YouTube -> Vimeo (free with paid options)
For videos that are only on YouTube (unfortunately, a lot), you can search for and watch them on DuckDuckGo for better privacy protection via YouTube’s “youtube-nocookie” domain. If you’re creating and hosting video yourself, however, “Vimeo” is the best-known alternative which focuses on creators.

Google Maps -> Apple Maps (free), OpenStreetMap (free)
For iOS users, Apple gives you an alternative built in via “Apple Maps”, so no installation is necessary. For wider device support, check out “OpenStreetMap” (OSM) which is more open, though may not have the same ease-of-use or coverage quality as Apple Maps.

Google Drive -> Resilio Sync (free with paid options), Tresorit (paid)
Another service we use internally, “Resilio Sync”, provides peer-to-peer file synchronization which can be used for private file storage, backup, and file sharing. This also means your files are never stored on a single server in the cloud! The software is available for a wide variety of platforms and devices, including servers. An alternative cloud storage and backup service with end-to-end encryption is Tresorit.

Android -> iOS (paid)
The most popular alternative to “Android” is of course iOS, which offers easy device encryption and encrypted messaging via “iMessage” by default. We also have tips to increase privacy protection on your iPhone or iPad.

Google Chrome -> Safari (free), Firefox (free), Brave (free)
was the first major browser to include DuckDuckGo as a built-in private search option. A more cross-device compatible browser is “Mozilla’s Firefox”, an open source browser with a built-in tracker blocker in private mode. “Brave” goes one step further with tracker blocking switched on by default. There are also many more browsers that come with DuckDuckGo as a built-in option.

Blogger -> Ghost (paid), WordPress (free with paid options)
Ghost is both a hosted (paid) and self-installable blogging platform, tracker-free by default and run by a non-profit foundation. We like it so much we use it for our own blog! A free alternative is “WordPress”, powering an estimated 25% of the world’s websites. It’s also available both for self-installation and as a hosted service with no third-party trackers by default. The community is huge with extensive multilingual documentation and many themes to choose from.

Google Hangouts -> Zoom (free with paid options), (free with paid option)
Zoom is a robust video chat alternative we use internally that works well even for large numbers of participants, though requires software to be installed. A web-only alternative is “” which doesn’t require an account — just go to the website to open a chat room and you’re ready.

Google Duo and Android Messages -> Signal (free)
There are several services offering private messaging but, as we’ve mentioned before, “Signal” gets our recommendation. It offers free, end-to-end encryption for both messages and private calls. It’s also recommended by Edward Snowden and renowned security expert Bruce Schneider, among others.

Google Groups -> Discourse (paid, or free if self-installed)
“Discourse” is an open source discussion platform, offering public and private conversations with a trust system and spam protection. Paid hosting is offered but the software is also freely available for administrators to host on their own servers.

As you can see, “moving away from Google” needn’t be hard. In fact, you might find you prefer the alternatives while also getting better privacy!

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Google is watching you

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by andelino

The internet is a bit up in arms again, as Google has announced its new privacy policy. This new policy takes over 60 different privacy policies and combines them into one new one, written in easy-to-understand, plain English.

The funny part is that Google has actually changed little. The main difference here is that they are now telling you in plain English what they are doing with your information, and that has a lot of people thinking twice about whether they want to use Google’s services, including Gmail, Google+, and YouTube anymore.

Google has announced that they are going to be sharing data across all of their networks. This means that if you do a Google search for an STD or some bizarre fetish you have, that topic may just show up all over the suggested videos on YouTube the next time you’re trying to show your friend a funny cat video.

Likewise, you could mention a little known secret in a confidential email to your friend in Gmail, and have products and services related to that secret popping up all over the search ads the next time you do a Google search.

Furthermore, these “profile matches” might just follow you away from Google, as they share some of that information with other companies and track you as you move from website to website. They can even track you when you aren’t even logged in!

(This should sound familiar to users of Facebook, which also tracks its users movements across the web, logged in or not.)

The bottom line is, if you really care about your privacy and your secrets, you probably should stay away from all of Google’s services. If you’re looking for a new search engine, can be added easily to Firefox, Chrome, or even Safari as your default search engine. They also have iPhone and iPad apps that are really great as well.

Maybe that’s something worth Googling: Just one in eight of the search engine’s users have read its new privacy policy

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