Running a Matrix-Synapse homeserver may be the ultimate solution for privacy and absolute communication control. Here's how to set it up...

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Reminder of why #Signal is far from optimal:

- No #anonymity (every account is connected to a phone number)
- Not #opensource (the git repo of the server hasn't been updated in a year)
- No #decentralization
- No web client, and max. 1 mobile client per account
- No #privacy (your entire contact list is uploaded to the server. It's encrypted, but it's trivial to brute-force encrypted phone numbers. You can prevent it by disabling the PIN feature, but it's enabled by default without warning.)

@lefarfadet okay good to know about protonmail! I don't think encrypts by default if both are using it. But it is fairly easy to set up I think.

I'm curious if anyone regularly encrypts email to communicate? If so what do you use? I recently imported a private key into Thunderbird and associated it with an email alias. But hardly anyone I know (outside of gov't) encrypts email or cares.

SEC is a mafia, trying to shut down healthy competition and free enterprise. If this lawsuit goes the wrong way for LBRY, it's one more reason for crypto startups to leave the US.

Instead of allowing Apple to monitor me, collect and sell my data, I chose to replace Mac OS X with Debian Linux.

This article (written in 2019) is interesting... I'm curious to know how many of you believe there might be truth to this now that we're in 2021.

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Here's my story of how I kicked Big Tech in the nuts. Do you think I was being too extreme to get rid of everything Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Microsoft in my life? Maybe it wasn't extreme enough?

@sometimealone don't give up on Linux on Mac hardware. I installed Debian 10 on a 2011 Macbook Pro. It has taken me tweaking a few kernel modules and system apps to get it right. Now it's my daily driver. Very reliable. It's very satisfying to run Linux on shiny Apple hardware (while outperforming OS X!) ...and it's my own personal snub to Apple. Cheers!

@GymratTim thanks for the reply. I'm going to leave Brave installed for now, but want to test a few other open-source browsers. Cheers!

@leonidas I agree with your view of Mozilla. I have uninstalled Firefox but may go back if I don't find a better alternative. Thanks for the reply. Cheers!

Brave feels slightly hypocritical as a browser promoting ad blocking, yet wants you to agree to their ad rewards system that essentially tracks your online activity. The Brave Rewards system, although opt-in, doesn’t sit right with me.

Anyone have experience using the Brave browser?

@elliptic Yes... I very much agree. And I admire Tor's goals the more I learn about the project. I hope the developers aren't A-holes! 😆
I'm going to sleep on all this before purging Firefox. Seems my options are all Firefox or Chromium at the core.

@elliptic Thanks for taking the time to read my post and reply. I have considered that Tor Project uses Firefox as the core browser. But the technology behind its bridges and relays are altogether separate. If I hear your point correctly, it would be foolish to walk away from all software because of political differences with the developers. I'll give this more thought. Honestly I didn't know Mozilla was so political, or of Brendan Eich resignation over Prop 8. Cheers!

Once someone supports silencing opposing voices, they are giving power to an evil ideology that ultimately leads down the “Road to Serfdom”. Silencing opposition is a shortsighted view by Baker. What happens when her own beliefs and opinions aren’t accepted by the algorithms and “tools to amplify factual voices” that she’s calling for? Simple. She will be deleted too.

Instead of backdoors they are developing reputation data that will depend on "fact-checking" companies? Am I reading this correctly?

@rd @SeanGeil Thank you for asking. It was migrating to the alternatives that took 4 months. I am honored to answer any questions...
Password mgr: yapet
Drive/Photos: ownCloud
Hangouts/Duo: matrix-synapse
Search engine: DuckDuckGo, Swisscows, MetaGer, Searx
Chrome: Tor, Firefox
Maps: OsmAnd, Qwart
Fonts: Font Squirrel
Youtube: LBRY
Youtube music: my mp3 library

It took 4 months to cut the tentacles away, but on 15 OCT I deleted my Google acct. For over 15 yrs I naively trusted... while they collected every imaginable piece of personal information about me. I gladly used the "free" services (gmail, youtube, voice, drive, maps). The convenience was wonderful but I was selling my soul... then slowly realized I had given up my rights. I assume my data is still on their servers(how long?) but starting 15 OCT I am reclaiming my right to privacy & freedom.

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