"Can I fully control my Android phone?": No, you can't.
– in our tests, AFWall+ leaked DNS queries of all apps on the device (including blocked apps), making it easy to determine apps installed on the phone
– updating Android doesn't imply that firmware vulnerabilities get fixed
– apps from F-Droid/Play Store etc. can still leak personal data as shown in our /e/ article
– besides, your proprietary baseband processor, GPS, sensors etc. remain out of control
#Mozilla #Firefox to Enable Hyperlink Ping #Tracking By Default | #privacy https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/mozilla-firefox-to-enable-hyperlink-ping-tracking-by-default/
RSS is a timeline of sorts, yes, but it runs at a sane speed, and it stays in your control, unlike Facebook or Twitter’s unknowable whims, and it excludes the vast majority of toxic noise that characterizes so much of social media https://gizmodo.com/rss-is-better-than-twitter-1833624929
#Fediverse: I created `Cloud Firewall` addon. Block connections to big 5 tech clouds based on IP address ranges they own. If a site/page/resource IP matches a bundled list of IP address ranges, it's blocked
It's not a hosts/filterlist type "ad tracker blocker".
It's "firewall" - looks at IP address of URL bar and 1p/3p resources.
Want to #livewithoutgoogle #deletefacebook and protect your #privacy? Find a nice list of tools here!
Y'all should be using #Firefox containers for your site-isolating and anonymous browsing needs and I wrote about them https://spin.atomicobject.com/2018/10/29/virtual-browsers-firefox-containers/ #privacy
Google may be the world’s most popular search engine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best. Don’t forget, Google is notorious for tracking users and logging search act…
Article 13 and Article 11 both passed the European Parliament. I'm sad, but the next step is fighting this in the courts, and in the national implementations of the law. The #1 priority for me is to make sure this doesn't affect the decentralised alternatives to the main platforms. They can fight their own battles: what we learned today was the wider, independent Web needs representation too.
#FOSS: On the Road to Nowhere
I find it funny how all the contraddictions described here or at https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/43zak3/the-internet-was-built-on-the-free-labor-of-open-source-developers-is-that-sustainable suddenly disappear if you stop considering FOSS a thing and distinguish #FreeSoftware from #OpenSource.
We have talked about this before @webmink: they overlaps only at legal level, but on all other dimensions they are totally different.
They're orthogonal but can work together.
My sons college is forcing students to use proprietary Adobe products like Illustrator and Photoshop and this really pisses me off. Any school should offer their students the possibility to use free and open source software and with #Inkscape, #GIMP, #Krita and #Blender there are excellent alternatives available.
@thinkMoult 🔗 https://mastodon.social/users/thinkMoult/statuses/101753691452278888
Software is trending in the wrong direction. Decreased transparency, centralisation, and proprietary monopolies.
In this article I describe the 5 ingredients to ethical software:
- open data
- open source
- distributed deployment
- decentralised hosting
- end to end encryption
Let's make software less about profit, and more about people again.
Todd from Purism is guesting the latest episode of Late Night Linux.
They have a lot of great visions regarding privacy and convince. He talked a lot about offering a complete ecosystem based on open and decentralized services that's not locked into any hardware or platforms.
I hope that they can live up on all of it as well. I'm more than willing to pay for ethical, libre and secure convenience.
#RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a way to follow your favourite news sites and blogs.
When you subscribe to an RSS feed using an RSS app, every new story gets sent to you in chronological order. There are no algorithms or trackers.
You can find out more about RSS (including recommended apps) on switching.social's "Alternatives to Google News" page:
You can also follow Mastodon accounts by just adding ".rss":
Had no idea that Tencent invests in Reddit.
Here's Lunduke on Reddit needing more than $100 Million per year to stay online.
Reddit is reportedly doing another round of raising funds... to the tune of several hundred million dollars. Which will likely result in needing to run more ...
“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.
Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.
Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.
Friend: Are you OK? You haven't posted on Instagram in ages
Me: I quit FB, Instagram, and Twitter.
Friend: Why'd you quit the internet?
Me: Actually I've *rejoined* the Internet.
Next time someone asked me why did I leave the internet, I'm gonna say I'm still very much on the Internet. When are *you* coming back?
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