Bard wrote on Dec 28, 2018, 12:18:
I'd like to be able to keep my personal data personal, except it is literally impossible if you still want to use a device like a tablet or smartphone or a computer.
It's simply not possible - regardless of how educated you may be - and those educated usually work in the tech sector so are reliant on technology.
It's not possible to entirely keep all of your personal data personal...true.
But it is possible to thwart a majority of unwanted tracking.
1. ublock origin with 3rd party scripts and frames gloabally set to blocked (acts much like noscript), and block remote fonts (on top of all the ad, social network, and privacy filters enabled).
2. Use a vpn like "private internat access" so your ISP can't watch your data in combination with a DNS service that doesn't log... cloudfare 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 is the fastest. (By using a VPN, even your DNS lookups are encrypted from your ISP's eyes)
3. Don't have any social media or cloud accounts that tie into social media.
It's a little more difficult to do on a phone, but you can still do it. I just run an ad blocker / marketing tracker blocker on my phone, which isn't as thwarting as my windows and linux devices.
That said... no you aren't going to stop the NSA from snooping. But the question is... what is it you are targeting to thwart?
For me, it's unwanted marketing and social media tracking that's monetizing me without my permission. The more I can put a wrench in the works... the more I giggle my @ss off.
Google is the hardest to avoid. You go to sites that are running gstatic, googleapis, or ajax.googleapis just to render the web site... you're screwed because you have to temporarily unblock those to see the content. It's a pain to do it temporarily per site... but that's what I do. This comment was edited on Dec 28, 2018, 13:18.
Get your games from GOG DAMMIT!