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#1 OFFLINE   securitybreach

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:15 AM

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Traditional privacy focused apps and “no track” add-ons are out, and the digital tentacles of data miners and security agencies are in. At least, that’s the case for 34 year old local man Jack Hiscox.

Mr. Hiscox told us yesterday via Skype that he had long given up on the usual avenues to socialising, including the popular forms of social media, instead choosing to embrace the very thing most people were looking to avoid - online surveillance. He says that popular browser add-ons such as Privacy Badger, ad-blockers and NoScript were “thrown out the window”, as well as choosing to install programs that “widen the net” for his unique idea of social connection.

“It’s just nice to think someone is there, you know?” Mr. Hiscox explained. “Everyone is only interested in memes or one upping their friends on social media. It’s not really for me. I mean, the memes are good. Everyone likes memes, right? But I don’t feel like anyone really cares about anyone else, and no one seems interested in anything I write. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing. I run a Linux system and used to do all the usual stuff concerning privacy, but I realised I was really missing out. Think about all those people who could potentially spy on your stuff. And then think about all those people you could reach!”.

He says that it was a surprisingly easy transition to make, though with the increased widespread focus on security and privacy, he found that he “had to change things up at the OS level” as opposed to simply using insecure browser sessions. “I made sure I was using a distribution running systemd, I switched from Xfce to Unity with the Amazon search results enabled, I signed up to Hotmail and share stuff to OneDrive. I even switched full time to a completely vanilla and official Google Chrome,” he said. “But it still didn’t seem like enough. Some people have said systemd probably has some back doors for the likes of the NSA built into it, but we can’t be totally sure yet. With that in mind, I’d like to announce that I’m actually currently in the process of switching to Windows 10.”..

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 10:35 AM

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