It's obviously very much still a work in progress, so I'm looking for early feedback. Someone wanted a mention... I think it was @JacobNeplokh ?
@njha May I ask what you used to create the site?
@njha Well done.
This looks great.
The heading "Stop Using Popular Services" almost sounds like, "Use services nobody likes." Perhaps a heading like, "Replace Services that Track You" would be less intimidating?
Also browser plug-in suggestions: Privacy Badger by the EFF (uses heuristics instead of block lists, and dead simple), and Multi-Account Containers (moderate difficulty).
@pcrock Good ideas - added them to the website. Thanks!
@njha generally speaking it this is great! Especially likes the social networks section 😁
But I would add also KaiOS based phones and “dumb” phones into mobile section.
Regarding email, there is also tutanuta (or totanota, don’t remember exactly) and posteo.
Also, you can link @switchingsocial website, there is a plenty of useful applications, services and recommendations
@max I really only felt like Mastodon has the potential for widespread appeal.
If you go to https://joinmastodon.org - it's pretty user friendly and explains everything very well. Meanwhile, other platforms either
- Don't have clear links to instance finder
- Don't explain the concept of federation
- Don't have "pretty" websites
(or some combination of those three)
@codesections Passwordstore seems okay, but I'd definitely list it as "difficult" just because there's no UI. (Even though it's not *actually* hard, terminals scare the heck out of most people.)
I also initially hesitated with adding Protonmail because they don't directly support IMAP. I added them now but with that as a warning.
Thank you for the suggestions!
@njha Good initiative. Some good advises, like 'Switch your Email Service'. Some not so good advises IMHO, like 'Use a Password Manager'. Some missing advises like, for example, 'Use Alternative Search Engines'.
@njha You might mention disroot.org? Through them I've set up my email, nextcloud and calendar.
Really nice what you've put together though!
@joachim Oof, I didn't even know that existed.
Oh well. At least I got a neat markdown compiling workflow out of it.
@joachim I'm going to convince myself that mine is better because privacyplan...
- has no google analytics
- recommends FOSS over non-FOSS when the FOSS solution is good enough
- doesn't actively encourage using Facebook and Twitter
- content is Creative Commons instead of Copyright
Their website is MIT licensed so I may want to simplify and reuse it...
@njha very true! FOSS alternatives should be put on the forefront, and zero thinking has been done on securitychecklist regarding Facebook and Twitter
Nice article. I guess I need to do the AdBlock to UBlock Origin switch.
In the same section, you might add: remove Stylish and replace with Stylus.
@leadore That’s a good one, I forgot about that. Thanks!
Oh, I'm not going to disagree with that. I'm just saying that I need a website to link to that explains everything well.
I checked Diaspora (and Friendica) and they seem to have one, so thank you, I will add them.
Misskey's is also alright, but a little rough (most of it is mixed JP-EN so it's hard to understand).
@petar If you *need* to have something other than an adblocker, use Privacy Badger by the EFF.
Otherwise just install uBlock Origin and you're good to go.
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