Privacy vs Convenience: Pick your choice!
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.
1. Picking Convenience:
We all like to keep things simple and easy by depending on technology to do our work.
Voice assisted search, Google Maps so that we don't need to ask anyone for directions, Facebook to make friends that may or may not exist and many more.
All of this drives us to have more convenience at the cost of privacy. We give away our details, our financials and our family details all for the sake of convenience.
This approach will make your life easier but not secure.
No matter how hard you try to take back your Privacy, Privacy once lost cannot be regained.
The 'big companies' can use your data to manipulate you into buying things you don't need. They can snoop on your location and send it to heir partners to give you the best deals on hotels, restaurants, and whatnot.
You can become a victim of cyber fraud giving your family and financial details online.
If you are okay with all of these and prefer your life to be more comfortable, stop reading this.
If you like reliance on big tech to get your things done daily, you are not entitled to privacy.
2. Picking Privacy:
There are those of us who like privacy over convenience. We want to follow the open standards of the web and utilize them effectively.
We are a sort of resistance that you see in the Terminator-like movies—fighting against Big Tech with the open-source privacy-respecting tools.
It's not easy to be someone that stands out of the crowd. People look at you like you are an alien or something. But if that doesn't scare you, then you can leap to the privacy side.
Having privacy doesn't mean you need to live in a Faraday cage or wear a mask like in watchdogs.
Privacy lies in the little things that we do every day and what services we use daily.
We can choose to abandon data-hungry services and instead move towards privacy-centric services. I will give you two daily examples where you can implement privacy.
_The best example is Mastodon. It is a federated social platform that is equivalent to Facebook. It may not be as popular as Facebook, but it's certainly getting there. _
Remember, Facebook also started without many fans initially. Try Mastodon, and you'll undoubtedly love it.
Move towards a better mobile ecosystem. Android in OEMs is full of Google frameworks and tracks you every hour. Try changing to AOSP based ROMS or Graphene OS.
You can also try secure alternatives like the Librem Phone.
Apple is a closed ecosystem. No one knows if their claims of privacy are valid or not. So choose it only if you trust it enough.
There are many more things that you can do to improve your privacy. I will try to cover them in upcoming posts. Making a decision and committing yourself to privacy is what matters.
Remember, you can always choose convenience over privacy. But privacy is hard to maintain these days.