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Thread dedicated to digital and internet privacy talk.

Recommend literature and software, discuss any news on the topic, provide advice.

In this day and age when the presence of Big Brother, be it governments or corporations, is particularly felt, I'm ashamed to admit I possess an utterly basic knowledge of everything related to privacy and protecting your identity on the Internet.
Personally, I'm not computer-savvy, but would like to know more about any privacy measures and what goes into them. If anyone could provide good resources on the matter I'd appreciate it.


here's one

delete your wizchan cookie


Stop using Windows

Stop using Google

Use a VPN, Firefox with noscript and anti-fingerprinting enabled in about:config

That gets you pretty far. Wizlife is very good for privacy as you avoid things like Facebook and a social network. Those are the things that stop normalfags from following the major steps


install gentoo


This is good advice. Here's mine:

Step 0: USE CASH.
Step 1: Keep your name and your address separated from each other. In places where you have to use your name, use a PO Box, CMRA, a previous residence, or 'alternative place you might hang out.'
Step 2: no social networks.
Step 3: no Google or Google-derivatives.
Step 4: VPN+Tor Browser
Step 5: Linux or Tails OS.
Step 6: No cell phone (if you must, use Twilio to get a VoIP number).


Use uncucked and outdated processors, not AMD or Intel
Make sure hardware is chinese free
Use a completely open source operating system
Tor browser was made by the government and isn't open source
Torsocks hardly works but you could still use that
Use vpns, not pptp


Why should we care about Chinese people spying on us? They can't do anything to us who are living in places outside of China.


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>outdated processors, not AMD or Intel


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Funny enough, he never said that. In fact he hates Gentoo for distributing proprietary programs and its maintainers for refusing to use the GNU/Linux term.


Yeah I think he uses (or at least used to use) Trisquel.
Also he's never installed a Linux distro by himself.


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I know, I just am fond of these old pics


The privateinternetaccess VPN is running specials right now, you can get a yearly subscription for $3.33 per month. That auto-renews every month, so you can cancel at any time btw.


there is an actually trustworthy free vpn that I know but I will not tell anybody about it


The more people use it, the safer you are. The only way to get privacy is to blend in with the crowd


As a VPN, I would suggest sentinel.co, mysterium.network or privatix.io

They are decentralized VPNs, so there is not one company that controls all the servers. Makes it also much less likely that your data will be sold or accessed by law enforcement or also just be blocked by netflix,…


Stop using steam or simillar shit. Steam is just a social network and as other social networks, it is also monitored.
For communication, use something which gives you full control over data. DO NOT USE fUcking discord. Host your own teamspeak or mumble server instead. If you want just to chat, you can download some open source chat tools from github.

Avoid windows.Avoid macos. Avoid android.

Very soon librem 5 will come out, and maybe we will live to see the day where you will be able to install linux distro on phone just as easy as on pc.


The price is a bit steep for me. What do you guys think about Ubuntu touch? The list of available devices is pretty small and most of them are outdated hardware but should suffice for my needs.


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What's an OS that has Window-ish UI?


Ubuntu running either XFCE or KDE can be made to look like windows out of the box. Ubuntu MATE in particular doesn't stem far from Windows and many chose it when transitioning away from Microsoft OS



>inb4 canonical x amazon blah blah



Because Windows 95 has the most aesthetically pleasing design of any operating system. Especially compared to the flat touchscreen-primary themes are so in vogue nowadays.


Windows 10 default settings is a normal desktop that is similar to 7 and xp.
Yeah the touch tile bullshit is bloatware for the vast majority of users, but for most modern systems the small wasted space isn't functionality important.

Also I have nothing but bad memories of Windows 95. I don't like anything about it and have flashbacks of some of the worst computer fatal errors I had ever had to deal with in my life.


It's not just about space, it's about aesthetics. The raised steel theme of windows 95 evokes a no-nonsense functionality that has vanished from computers nowadays.



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I see a lot of wizards here recommending VPNs but they are not private imo. Only use them if you want to circumvent censorship or access foreign content. There is no way for you tell whether they sell your data or not or whether some of their employees have been bribed. Anyway here is what I do:

1.) Use linux. I plan to shift on a completely free GNU/Linux distro (like Parabola) and a completely free BIOS (libreboot).

2.) For web browsing, I use tor browser for general browsing. For all other websites that require identification, I use firefox with telemetry disabled. I also use uBlock origin with dynamic filtering enabled. Keep JS disabled until necessary.

3.) I don't use google, facebook or any other social media. I have a VPS on which I self host my email server and my own cloud (using NextCloud). For searching, I use startpage and duckduckgo (onion service). I still have a google account but I'll delete it shortly.

4.) On my phone, I run a fully open source custom ROM. I don't have any GApps installed and only use FDroid apps. You can use Aurora store to install PlayStore apps btw. The only botnet app I have installed is Whatsapp but I'll be deleting that shortly. I plan to shift to something like Pinephone that also has 100% free hardware and software.

5.) If you use YouTube (I do, but not all that much) then use it through invidio.us on your computer and using Newpipe on your phone. They require no JS to function, are completely open source and allow you to subscribe to channels without having to sign in to google. They also protect your anonymity and add extra features like audio only mode and video/audio downloads.

6.) USE CASH. You can still use credit cards at hotels or for flights because they require identification anyway.

That's all I can think as of now. I'll add more points later if I remember something.


I seriously need to start using cash. Problem is, all my bills are done through credit/debit and I cannot ever withdraw anything until those go through


VIA processors are another option.


Use cash whenever possible.


Any warlocks here?


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When going out, always carry a cellphone jammer for good measure.


Windows with an ubuntu theme


But how will I listen to internet radio while on the move?


You never listened to internet radio, internet radio listened to you, only normans own a mobile phone anyway.


That is how you get fined tens of thousands of dollars.
By doing really dumb shit that is really obvious and draws absurd amounts of attention to yourself. You know the total opposite of privacy.

Do I really need to explain how triangulation work or how easy it is to track exactly when and where those things are used? Or that it will draw heat from the feds if you use it in the wrong spot?
How dumb can you get.


You're just jealous because you don't have one.


But why? Genuinely asking


It was mostly a shitpost but practically I guess it could help against ending up on someones livestream for example.
If you're planning on making a school shooting you could probably buy some time placing out a number of them beforehand, delaying dispatch.


>Implying you have one either


I'm not the one being furiously jelly here, puyo.
>blublu the fedz will getcha with their trianguluz


>caring about privacy
>even though wizchan doesn't let you post through tor.


There is a reason we can't have nice things.
Fuck off retard


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Step 7: Live off the land as much as you can.


I would be a little wary of using a VPN for privacy purposes. All this really accomplishes is shifting your trust from your ISP to your VPN provider. Many of them claim to be "no-log" VPN services, and there have been several instances where these services were hacked and, surprise surprise, it turns out they were logging people. If you truly want to hide your internet traffic, the only reasonably safe option is Tor (I say reasonably safe because it can be circumvented by very targeted exploits, and it's not entirely out of the question that the network as a whole is compromised). However, using Tor is also a one-way ticket to ending up on an NSA watchlist, but then again, so is using an imageboard, probably.


very cool webm

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