Notes on Privacy and Anonymity

A mobile phone is a traceable gadget that can trace back to you always. No mobile in this world can make you truly anonymous.

If you follow some precautions, you can make it less traceable and maintain your #privacy.

The moment a mobile phone connects to the mobile network to make a call, it sends your IMEI number to the service provider.

IMEI numbers are assigned to mobile phones by the OEMs when they manufacture them. They are hardware coded and can't be changed unless you have a unique hardware box that can flash and alter mobile chip level software.


#Privacy is different for everyone. Not everyone needs privacy in the same way as another.

A Journalist or a whistle-blower working in a repressive regime needs more stringent protection than someone who sits on the couch and watches Netflix every day.

Having privacy is essential for anyone, but what level of privacy you need depends on your threat model and personal preference.

Know your threats:

First, you need to understand what is your need for privacy. Some want privacy from spying apps. Some from their police or government and some from their spouse or stalkers online.

A lot of people have something to protect, and you should build your #threat model around that.


Privacy does come at a cost, convenience. One cannot maintain confidentiality while having a convenient service like Hey Siri or Hey Google to use.

These two terms are a kind of oxymoron's that don't make sense when they are together.

You would be naive to think that you can have privacy while giving away your data to Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon.

Either you choose to abandon these services, get the privacy you deserve, or lose your privacy for a more connected presence on the internet.


As a new decade dawns upon us, we all make some resolutions for this year. Some about career, some about love, some about life and some on goals. Another resolution we can add to the list is to take back your privacy.

I have added it to my list of resolutions and urge you all to do the same. Privacy is a luxury one cannot afford online.

Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Twitter, Xiaomi and Huawei all track your every moment. They’ll track you even if you haven’t enabled location on your phone or disabled it on your computer.