Your privacy is a basic human right. However, with the Internet, your information is at high risk for being exposed. Not only can hackers get your information if they breach a company’s website and get usernames and passwords, but various tech companies themselves make tracking you part of their scheme to monitor your activity to sell advertising to you, or worse.
We will never have privacy as long as we live in the age of technology, the Internet, and smartphones. Your phone is the biggest tracker and keeper of your personal information. It knows your fingerprint, face, all your private messages, and you even give it permission to track your location. All of this is granted by you, the user, as you give up your privacy for the sake of convenience.
This agenda of tracking your every move has been in the background for a long time, but with contact tracing being discussed in 2020, this agenda has come to the surface, and people still sacrifice their privacy for what they think is the greater good, but in reality is the next phase of total control of the human population.
So how then can you be more private if you need access to technology, the Internet, and a smartphone?
Step one is to get a VPN, or virtual private network. This will change your IP address and location and make you appear more secure online. It is harder to track someone who uses a VPN as opposed to someone who doesn’t. However, this will often only make it so websites cannot track you, but your Internet service provider may still monitor your behavior.
Step two, ditch everything Google related. Many of you probably use Google Chrome, Google Search, Gmail, Google Drive, and even YouTube. Google is one of the biggest companies that stores your personal information and knows everything about you. Dropping them from your life is a challenge if you use their services.
Anything but Google is definitely better, but look into dropping all companies that don’t have your privacy in mind. Instead of Chrome, use Brave, an excellent browser that blocks all trackers and ads by default. Instead of Google Search, use DuckDuckGo. Instead of Gmail, use ProtonMail. Instead of Google Drive, use Icedrive or MEGA. Instead of YouTube, use LBRY, which rewards you in cryptocurrency.
Maybe it’s hard making the switch, but you will feel better knowing your privacy is more secure than it is with Google. Some of these companies may not offer as much as Google, but that’s why it’s so important to support them since with your help, they can succeed and may become better than anything Google could offer.
And the final step and hardest to do is to get a phone that doesn’t track you. Apple and Android phones track you wherever you go. Even turning off location services will not prevent them from acquiring your information. For instance, your phone will try to connect to Wi-Fi networks and search for them in the background, and thus will always reveal your location to nearby routers. Furthermore, mobile carriers track you when connected to their cell towers. There is no escaping the tracking unless you leave your phone at home, get a Linux phone, or use other methods to remove the tracking on your phone.
Lastly, I wanted to touch on the topic of contact tracing. This has come to the forefront in 2020 and jeopardizes not only our privacy, but also our rights. Contact tracing that infringes on your rights and privacy has been built into both Apple and Android phones with the latest updates. Turning off contact tracing in settings is a false sense of security. How the surveillance works is not based on GPS, thus a VPN and having location services turned off won’t help you. It is a proximity based tracking system that uses both Bluetooth and RF waves to identify surrounding phones, exchange a unique identifier code, and store it in a database that will be used to monitor infections. Once someone tests positive, the system will ping each phone that the user has come into contact with. While it’s claimed the system is anonymous and no personal data is collected, this too is a false sense of security.
Don’t willingly give up your privacy for convenience. There is nothing wrong with leaving your phone at home when you go out to the store. Don’t be dependent on your phone since a life exists outside of it, and life exists without it.
Let me know how this works for you. Have a great day!
Tracking has become a big thing in recent years. It is largely to advertise and sell products and services to users, but has gone to a whole new level. Contact tracing in 2020 set this into motion that showed how surveillance can be used to make laws. For instance, if you do not have evidence that you have antibodies to a certain disease, then you will not be allowed to enter public spaces. In public spaces, you will be logged and tracked to ensure the government knows where you are at all times, in case you can spread this disease to others. Everyone you come into contact with are also tracked and monitored – all via technology and smartphones.
So, stop this agenda now! Since this information has come out, I’ve made major steps at limiting the tracking by websites and Google. I no longer use my phone the same way I use to, making sure it is disabled when I am away from home. I even started dropping Google services. All of this because I refuse to be tracked and traced without my consent. I will not be part of this agenda, and neither do you if you can stand up and fight against this. You have rights, so make your voice heard!