Published: 23rd January 2021
Unhand my data, homie! Here's how we can stay away and safe from invasive apps
Privacy! The one thing we don’t seem to have nowadays! It’s actually SCARY and trust me, if you really delve into it, you’ll not only realise how much we’ve allowed technology to USE the US rather than the contrary but will also understand how dependent we are on the same. The irony is that most of us DON’T EVEN CARE if our privacy is compromised as long as we’re online.
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What to do and how to be safe
Well, this isn’t going to be an easy thing, simply because each of us has our own requirements and have different needs. Hence, I’ve given some simple pointers that can be understood by all, and then, the choice is left to each of you.
1. Open source is the best:
Most people don’t understand the IMPORTANCE of using open-source software. Many feel that it is more SECURE because the code’s kept as a SECRET. But unfortunately, it is the contrary that works.
2. Use software and apps that are ethical and moral:
One site that’s really helped me choose the above is a website coincidentally named as ethical.net. This site helped me understand the data collection and privacy issues with different apps and which made me understand that Signal was the best alternative to WhatsApp and the next best alternative was Telegram. I use duckduckgo.com to search as it doesn’t collect my information.
3. More permissions = More Invasion of privacy:
One simple thumb rule is to carefully analyse the permissions an application asks when you install it on your smartphone. If it asks for too many or irrelevant permissions, I’d stay away from it.
Adarsh Benakappa Basavaraj