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Cake day: api. 16, 2021


Since this keeps getting reposted, I’ll repost my comment.

It is not hard to apply critical thinking when looking at such a biased and opinionated “article”. The original writer provides little to no proof of anything and if you (OP of this Lemmy thread) just took 5 minutes out of your day to seek a response, you would’ve found one: debunking every single point.

Here you go: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27552530

Poorly titled in my opinion.

Quitting social media includes the Fediverse too (based upon the titling).

Something such as “Quitting centralized social media” might be better worded.

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My personal recommendation would be Protonmail.

It is not hard to apply critical thinking when looking at such a biased and opinionated “article”. The original writer provides little to no proof of anything and if you (OP of this Lemmy thread) just took 5 minutes out of your day to seek a response, you would’ve found one: debunking every single point.

Here you go: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27552530

That’s like asking a drug dealer who they think the best dealer in town is.

It’s not a very hard guess.


*I strictly browse using the privacy friendly front-end https://teddit.net/ and I don’t own an account.

$30/m for the first 6 months, then a flat rate of $70/m for 1000 mbps up & down.

I’m assuming it’s gonna follow the same principle of Whatsapp which is: introduce more people to E2EE but still farm the metadata like Big Tech does.

Overall, I’d say this is a good thing, but far from perfect.

That is scary.

Over a month for an extremely privacy invasive tracking method that can potentially get journalists deanonymized is not acceptable.

I remember this being talked about a month ago, but I never saw any patch notes stating that it had been patched. Is this still a concern?

🍃 Organic Maps is a better fork of MAPS.ME, an Android & iOS offline maps app for travelers, tourists, hikers, and cyclists based on top of crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap data and curated with love by MAPS.ME founders. No ads, no tracking, no data collection, no crapware.

A user should be able to ask for a chromium-based browser with good privacy without having other Gecko-based browsers shoved down their throat.

What you guys are doing is not helpful.

If you don’t like the question asked and can’t be bothered to give decent alternatives, scroll by. Just keep scrolling.

This is not helpful advice.

You’re no better than the r/privacy subreddit who shove everything that OP didn’t ask for down their throat, instead of attempting to recommending something that the OP asked for.

Replies like yours is the reason why people who even have the slightest interest in privacy quickly lose that interest and switch completely back to Google, Facebook and other privacy-invasive alternatives.

Any step closer to better privacy is a good step taken.

In my opinion and from personal experience, I would go for Brave if I were you.

The “controversies” are blown way out of proportion and for the privacy and security it offers, it’s a great web browser.

For a Gecko-based browser, I’d pick Librewolf as it’s an actively maintained fork off Mozilla Firefox without the bloat and tracking.

If you have any questions or concerns, let me know and I’ll be happy to assist.

Their reasoning is even more ridiculous.

If Vivaldi browser is so close to being released under a unified open-source license, why isn’t it?

The Vivaldi UI is truly what makes the browser unique. As such, it is our most valuable asset in terms of code.

We don’t publish it under an open-source license and only release obfuscated versions of it. The obfuscation is partly there to improve performance, but it also very much is the first line of defense, to prevent other parties from taking the code and building an equivalent browser (essentially a fork) too easily.

It’s a major red flag if an “open source project” is against forks because of “competitive reasons”. You should not be in the open source business if that’s what you fear. The ability to fork leads to innovation, proprietary software and patents stop innovation.

Stop supporting companies who are against innovation and are purely driven off profit, with no actual care for whether the product is good or not for the end-consumer.

I don’t know if you read the entire thread but it is in early alpha. As of the time of writing, there is no way for you to sign up. You can apply to become an alpha tester and even then, it is clearly stated that it should be purely used for just that: alpha testing.

They won’t roll out a stable release for mass adoption without end-to-end encryption.

A Discord replica with privacy in mind is a great idea for mass adoption as recommending it and getting people to switch over would be the easiest thing in the world since it functions exactly like Discord which people are already familiar with.

Federation is preferred but is not a must to have a successful privacy friendly alternative. It might be a deal breaker for you, but for most people out there, it’s not.

REVOLT is basically trying to become Discord but privacy friendly. They’re looking to implement everything that Discord has and mimic the same layout for usability.

Regarding federation, they have no plans for such a thing, they built it without federation in mind.

I’ve actually been in the REVOLT community for a while and currently there is no end-to-end encryption since it is in very early alpha, but they have confirmed that they will implement end-to-end encryption by default.

Thanks for the clarification, I couldn’t find anything mentioning downloading music on their git.

  1. The core is still proprietary as it runs off Deezer.

2) You don’t own anything. You merely stream it, which still requires an internet connection.

  1. I’m pretty sure it’s classified as pirating which is illegal and it most certainly shouldn’t be promoted in a privacy community, not to be linked or associated with any illegal activities.

It gets worse (“Spotify wants to suggest songs based on your emotions”): https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55839655

Time to switch to a better alternative.

  1. Make a list of all artists/songs/playlists you enjoy.

  2. Subscribe for a month to either Tidal or Qoobuz.

  3. Rip all songs, albums etc in FLAC via https://github.com/yaronzz/Tidal-Media-Downloader-PRO or https://github.com/ImAiiR/QobuzDownloaderX.

  4. Sit back, relax and stream the highest quality music completely offline without any tracking via Quod Libet (https://github.com/quodlibet/quodlibet).

Finally someone speaks out about this.

If you’ve ever tried to sign-up for their rewards program, you’ll know that it does everything that Google would do.

They require that you either give them your phone number, credit card or link social media accounts.

I’m sorry what? This is supposed to be a private alternative? Not only that, but you can literally do all of these steps and still get declined.

The last step being extremely creepy as they want you to link all of your social medias and hand them over on a silver plate for “verification purposes”.

Some might argue that you don’t need to opt-in to their rewards program but the point of being a YouTube alternative is that creators can get paid for their work.

Do not sign up, do not give these guys your personal information for “verification” and please do not trust a project just because it’s open source: it can still harvest your data as a proprietary website and application would (LBRY/Odysee being a perfect example of this).

Opt for Peertube (https://joinpeertube.org/) instead.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that they decline all verification attempts that are done using a VPN or proxy, but they only tell you this AFTER you’ve done the verification and handed over your personal information. Private alternative my ass.

Wikiless - A new FLOSS front-end for Wikipedia.
> wikiless.org > A free open source alternative Wikipedia front-end focused on privacy. > No JavaScript or ads. > All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Wikipedia. > Prevents Wikipedia getting your IP address. > Self-hostable. Anyone can setup a private or public instance. > Why I should use Wikiless instead of Wikipedia? There are couple of reasons why you might want to use Wikiless: > Circumvent censorship (1) > You prevent Wikipedia getting your IP address (2)

Never heard of it before. Thank you so much!

That’s not really true. Discord beat Skype, I think that proves a lot.

I have a sneaking suspicion that OP might be a shill.

That doesn’t prove anything.

Just because they utilize their libraries to make it decentralized does not make the entire application open source.

I’ve searched around for 30 minutes and the whole platform is awfully sketchy. It’s made by a UX & marketing team (that seems to be their only focus), and they haven’t released any source code anywhere.

I would not trust it.

You’re all wrong, use GNU/Linux.


BTW please switch of Windows 7, it’s outdated and doesn’t get security updates anymore.

All telemetry technologies and methods that are used in Windows 10 got ported to Windows 7 too a while back.

When a human right such as privacy is taken away from you, every step forward to reclaim that right is a step in the right direction.

I’ve noticed that the entire c/privacy is anti-crypto. I’m not saying you can’t have your own opinion, but downvoting someone simply because you don’t agree is stupid.

ProtonVPN (Free plan) is in my opinion the only true free VPN out there. It’s owned by the reputable company of Protonmail. The free plan is paid for by paid subscribers (not your data), they keep no logs and impose no bandwidth limits. There are of course a few limitations such as slower speeds, no P2P activities, no geo unblocking. Overall, it’s a great service for being truly free.

Does using a torrent search engine via qBittorrent that is coded in Python affect my privacy in any way?
I recently installed some torrent search engines into my qBittorrent application and I was wondering if it came with any privacy concerns. How does it gather the data using Python? Does it visit the website using my default browser or does it fetch it in some other way?