Make a privacy resolution in 2020!
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.
We have all fallen for the “we make your lives better” promises from the tech giants.
I am not going to ask you to degoogle in this post as I will be writing that in a separate article soon. What I’d suggest is to maximise your privacy and reduce your digital footprints.
Privacy is a right that every human being must have. So, let us fight for these rights. Here are a few things that you can add to your new year resolutions:
1. Stop using Facebook:
This is the first suggestion that I would give anyone who asks about privacy. Facebook lives on user data and nothing else. They want to know what you like, what you watch, where you go and whom you befriended. They’ve even kept a memorializing option to track who visits your page even after you die.
They already know so much about you, stop providing them more information. If you have a Facebook app on your smartphone, delete that too.
2. Reduce the use of Google:
If you can reduce the number of Google searches you do, that would be a significant improvement. If you stop using Google search altogether you can break free from their spying.
There are some search engines that respect privacy and do not spy on you. Some examples include Searx, DuckDuckGo and Qwant.
They do not track your browsing habits like Google and Facebook do.
Remember that your searches in Google will help them show you ads on that product or service. That way they’ll manipulate you into clicking it so that they can make money.
Stop making Google rich with your data. Use other search engines instead this decade.
3. Stop sharing every little info online:
There are Instagram, Twitter and Facebook users who like to share everything online. Where they went, what they ate and whom they met etc.
They want to keep in touch with their friends and family but it’s not privacy friendly.
Social media profiles are accessible online and anyone who saw them know what you do, where you were.
4. Use alternative browsers for Chromium:
Most people use Chrome and Googlized version of Chromium or Edge or Firefox. While Firefox protects privacy up to some extent, true privacy is not achieved.
Use Tor browser when possible and if at all you need to use chrome-based browser, use Brave. WaterFox is a better alternative to Firefox.
For phones, there is Firefox Klar and Tor browser as well.
5. Use a dumb phone:
Smartphones rule our life these days. In fact, we need one during the day, near your bed and even in the bathroom for some. Smartphone addiction is a different thing which involves social media, video and games.
Most devices are Android and iOS which violate your privacy completely. They track your every move, your messages, your emails and your location.
Try using a dumb phone when you want to stay in touch with friends and family. Use your smartphone only when you want to check your social media, emails and maps etc.
These are some of the easier resolutions we can take this year to make our lives more privacy friendly. If you have any suggestion or feedback, please use the comment box to let us know.