HOW TO: Delete Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp

Just in the last week or so there were two major issues with Facebook. It gave Amazon, Spotify and Netflix access to users’ private messages and a bug exposed private photos of 6.8 million users. And this is not even scratching the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a list of Facebook scandals and controversies in 2018.

Facebook owns many many things. It’s not just Facebook.com. But the most popular services are Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Delete them…

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HOW TO: Encrypt Your Emails

Like it or not we need to start using encryption in everyday tasks. Privacy is a fundamental right and “I have nothing to hide” is a bullshit argument for not using encryption and has nothing to do with privacy. Most of us, 99% of the time, have nothing to hide, but that doesn’t mean we should give everything away, for free, on a silver fucking platter.

Email encryption is easy, and you won’t have to spend a dime as we’re going to use only free and open source tools.

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10 Minute Email

A free and privacy-friendly temporary email account

Quick tip: Sometimes you need to signup for a service with an email address to confirm the user registration. When that time comes,  it’s a good idea not to use your personal email.

You should take a look at 10 minute Mail, a service that generates a 10-minute email account for you.

According to their privacy policy, the service does NOT keep logs or records of your personal data. A temporary cookie is used to allow the service to deliver the e-mail to the right person, but will expire when you close your browser.

 

FreeTube: An Open Source YouTube Player Built for Privacy

an open source desktop YouTube player built with privacy in mind

This is just a short and sweet update on my “HOW TO: Break Up With Google” post. For most people the hardest thing to do, when breaking up with Google, is to move away from YouTube.

What most people don’t realize ( including myself until a couple of months ago ) is that you can use RSS with YouTube. Check how to do it here.

One other thing you can do is use FreeTube – a free and open source cross-platform app that allows you to watch YouTube without advertisements and prevents Google tracking from you with their cookies and JavaScript.

The app is still in beta, and there’s some bugs ( like using Tor for API calls does not work and max video resolution is 720p ) but for the most part works great. Also keep in mind that if you have a ton of subscriptions, when you open the app, it will take some time to load all the subscriptions. Also, I THINK, it will bypass geo-restrictions. Not sure though, as I’ve not come across any geo-restricted videos to test it out.

FreeTube Features

  • Watch videos without ads
  • Use YouTube without Google tracking you using cookies and JavaScript
  • Make API calls through the Tor network
  • Subscribe to channels without an account
  • Local subscriptions, history, and saved videos
  • Export & import subscriptions
  • Open videos from your browser directly into FreeTube (with extension)
  • Mini Player
  • Light / dark theme

Learn more and download FreeTube on the project’s github page.