Technology

Take Back Your Privacy

Take back your online privacy

With the apparent lack of care for user data at Facebook, the data breaches which seem to be an almost weekly occurrence, etcetera your privacy isn't safe, or at least it's not if you don't take a little initiative. Just because you don’t have anything to hide doesn’t mean you should let everyone see what you do online. It's not just about things stored on your computer, your financial information, medical information and more is all at risk. There are free tools that can help you regain control. Free tools that are trustworthy, tools that I personally use.

Cloudflare DNS

The company famous for making content delivery networks accessible to most websites has now made a DNS significantly more secure AND fast. A DNS is used by your web browser to look up a website url to then dispay it for you. The difference is that CloudFlare doesn’t store any records of what websites you visit. The DNS that your internet provider uses by default can and does. By setting 1.1.1.1 as your primary DNS Server, you keep your web activity private.

Encrypted Email

Chances are you use a free email provider…most likely gmail. Google does the same as Facebook. Give you free services in exchange for information about you. They provide that information to advertisers to get you to buy things. There is an alternative. One that is free and has your privacy at the top of its priority list (without sacrificing ease of use).

VPN

Virtual private networks shield your connection via encryption. So when you purchase a new camera on amazon, your credit card and mailing address aren't visible to hackers. I recommend ProtonVPN, from the creators of ProtonMail. They are honest and transparent with their heart in the right place.

 

I'm not waiting for the iPhone X

When iPhone X was revealed, like many, I said "thats the iPhone I'm getting". A large number of people are holding out for it. I was with them until I started to question why. I really started questioning the wait when the predicted amount of handsets that would be available was low and only got lower as weeks went on. Apple's manufacturers are having difficulties building components for Face ID in a fast enough manor. So I decided not to wait after considering a few factors. 

Nearly Everything Is The Same

The specs of both iPhone 8 and X are nearly identical. The Plus even gets the fancy new portrait lighting software and wireless charging. So why wait for something that you can get now? Next years iPhone will have the same exterior as iPhone X. Not to mention that the S models always seem to be better anyway. One can argue that Face ID is reason to wait, except...

Face ID Isn’t Going Anywhere

Apple killed Touch ID with iPhone X and introduced facial recognition instead. Called Face ID. Is it cool? Hell yes. Is it worth waiting for? No. It’ll be on next years iPhone. It’ll be better and faster than on iPhone X. Besides, I would imagine that there might be a few kinks to work out before it works as advertised. 

AT&T NEXT Every Year

I have AT&T NEXT Every Year. So I get a new phone… every year. Whatever phone I get, I get a new one next year. Which makes waiting for a phone sort of pointless, I can the iPhone XS.

Waiting Throws Off Next Years Upgrade

With AT&T Next Every Year, after paying for a phone for 12 months, you can trade it in. If I waited for iPhone X, I could potentially receive it in January or February. Which means I’d have to wait 12 months from then to get a new phone. I'd have to wait until 2019 to get the 2018 phone. Or I could pay a few hundred dollars extra and upgrade early. Which isn’t worth it.