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GAF Encryption and Privacy Protection Thread

Valued Gamer

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I thought it would be good to have a thread for information about how to keep your data safe and private from all prying eyes, including Government and scammers.

In Australia we have had the Goverment introduce metadata retention laws, laws to compel IT companies to break encryption on messaging apps to allow back doors for the state, and even forcing ISPs and phone makers for download updates which includes spying software.

Of course this is all in the name of catching pedos and terrorists, but in reality its anyone they want.

On top of that we have companies like Apple, Google and MS recording all your search terms, site visits, and even logging your movements through your phone.
Are they listening to your background conversations through the mic? Some say yes.

So what things should people be doing to keep their data and privacy?

VPNs? Don't use Google to search the net?
TOR? What phone apps are good for hiding your media and private info?
 
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Karunamon

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  • Use Google as little as you can get away with. There's probably no avoiding their search engine since all others suck, but at least don't put your email there.
    • Use a paid email provider like Fastmail or Protonmail or something, some place where you're paying a company to provide a service that is their main service.
    • On that note, avoid free email providers in general. The ways they make their money is never privacy friendly.
    • Use a non-Chrome web browser like Firefox. If you must, use the open source versions like Chromium or a fork like Brave.
  • Run Linux and open source tools if you can.
    • Whether FOSS systems are objectively more secure is debatable, what is not debatable is that proprietary vendors are often the target of government backdoors and orders to do things to ruin your privacy, which they will gladly do without putting up a fight.
    • Gaming on Linux is still inferior to gaming on Windows, though Proton is pretty decent and getting better all the time.
  • If you have the time and inclination, host your own stuff.
    • Dropbox -> Nextcloud for example
  • Ensure you have a browser that gives strong privacy guarantees and gives you addons to shore up the corner cases.
    • NoScript
    • uBlock Origin
    • Privacy Badger
    • Decentraleyes
  • VPN in a country unfriendly to the country you live in
    • DO YOUR RESEARCH. Many VPN companies lie about not keeping logs.
 
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eddie4

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I will vouch for PIA as a VPN provider, have been using them for years and I have no complaints. ($79 for 3 years, about $2/month) Apps for all devices, browsers. Port forwarding, proxies, 5 devices per account. They do not sell your data as they have stated this and it has been proven.

Do not use free mail providers as they do mine data, use Protonmail or Fastmail. I use Protonmail personally.
I use DuckDuckGo for search, when I can't avoid it, I use google.
Don't use Windows or Mac. I understand a lot of gamers use windows because it's the only OS where most games work. Use Linux or another open-source OS. If you must use windows, debloat and remove the telemetry features that are built-in.

For messaging, use the Tox protocol as it provides end-to-end encryption.

Try to self-host things that you can get for "free". I know people don't want to go through the trouble of setting everything up, but in the long run its great.
 
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Valued Gamer

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I will vouch for PIA as a VPN provider, have been using them for years and I have no complaints. ($79 for 3 years, about $2/month) Apps for all devices, browsers. Port forwarding, proxies, 5 devices per account. They do not sell your data as they have stated this and it has been proven.

Do not use free mail providers as they do mine data, use Protonmail or Fastmail. I use Protonmail personally.
I use DuckDuckGo for search, when I can't avoid it, I use google.
Don't use Windows or Mac. I understand a lot of gamers use windows because it's the only OS where most games work. Use Linux or another open-source OS. If you must use windows, debloat and remove the telemetry features that are built-in.

For messaging, use the Tox protocol as it provides end-to-end encryption.

Try to self-host things that you can get for "free". I know people don't want to go through the trouble of setting everything up, but in the long run its great.
Apparently Gmail and Hotmail both use AI to scan your photo attachments to see if any of them could be child porn, which means dont send any nudes of the GF on those platforms as they will most likely be flagged and looked at.
 

eddie4

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Apparently Gmail and Hotmail both use AI to scan your photo attachments to see if any of them could be child porn, which means dont send any nudes of the GF on those platforms as they will most likely be flagged and looked at.
Yep, they also scan for keywords, so that they can tailor ads to you, if you talk about specific items. Also if you talk about some illegal shit they can investigate.
 
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MaestroMike

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Is Apple's Safari browser good for privacy? It has this tracker thing that prevents you from being tracked I think and I'm using it, now.
 

Karunamon

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Is Apple's Safari browser good for privacy? It has this tracker thing that prevents you from being tracked I think and I'm using it, now.
It's merely okay from that standpoint. Apple's one of the better companies out there for privacy, but they are still a large corp that has to be trusted at the end of the day.
 
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cling to the embers while you can

 
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