Abusive parents be acting like we would abuse any privacy we
get.. to do our own stuff in private. The mere thought of us getting to do
something they don’t know or can’t control is infuriating to them. It’s not a
crime to want to keep some things to yourself, or have some things in your life
unknown to everyone, especially if it’s things that make you vulnerable, easy
to embarass or mock, or can be used against you by a cruel person. Every person
in the world has the right to privacy, children as well. Children living in
abuse don’t ask for privacy in order to commit crimes, they’re asking to be
safe, to have some small parts of themselves protected from possibility of
abuse. That is not too much to ask, and they should not be punished by shame or
guilt, or sabotaged by making them feel like liars and criminals for wanting to
keep their secrets. Abusive parents keep many, many more secrets. How about we
put some shame on them.
The joy and freedom of not being known, not having your whole life uploaded on the internet. Share some things, keep the rest safely tucked in a treasure box that you bring out only for those you know and love.
Say what you will about the new Tumblr dashboard experience, one good thing to come out of it is that they’re finally complying properly with privacy laws. In particular, they now offer a quick and easy switch to opt out of your data being sold for ads.
Go to your Settings:
Go to “Privacy”:
Set the “Do not sell my personal information” toggle to ON:
Now Tumblr cannot profit from stealing your personal data and selling it to shady advertising exchanges.
WASHINGTON—A small U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities has embedded its software in numerous mobile apps, allowing it to track the movements of hundreds of millions of mobile phones world-wide, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Anomaly Six LLC a Virginia-based company founded by two U.S. military veterans with a background in intelligence, said in marketing material it is able to draw location data from more than 500 mobile applications, in part through its own software development kit, or SDK, that is embedded directly in some of the apps. An SDK allows the company to obtain the phone’s location if consumers have allowed the app containing the software to access the phone’s GPS coordinates.
App publishers often allow third-party companies, for a fee, to insert SDKs into their apps. The SDK maker then sells the consumer data harvested from the app, and the app publisher gets a chunk of revenue. But consumers have no way to know whether SDKs are embedded in apps; most privacy policies don’t disclose that information. Anomaly Six says it embeds its own SDK in some apps, and in other cases gets location data from other partners.
Anomaly Six is a federal contractor that provides global-location-data products to branches of the U.S. government and private-sector clients.
«Consider that the internet has become essential for social participation, that the internet is now saturated with commerce, and that commerce is now subordinated to surveillance capitalism. Our dependency is at the heart of the commercial surveillance project, in which our felt needs for effective life vie against the inclination to resist its bold incursions. This conflict produces a psychic numbing that inures us to the realities of being tracked, parsed, mined, and modified. It disposes us to rationalize the situation in resigned cynicism, create excuses that operate like defense mechanisms (“I have nothing to hide”), or find other ways to stick our heads in the sand, choosing ignorance out of frustration and helplessness. In this way, surveillance capitalism imposes a fundamentally illegitimate choice that twenty-first-century individuals should not have to make, and its normalization leaves us singing in our chains.»
— Shoshana Zuboff: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (p. 11)
Hey I noticed that some of the faces in the gifs aren't blurred, could you try changing that pls?
I’m glad people are thinking and talking about protecting the identities of the protesters, but please also think about why and when this is important.
We want to protect protesters from prosecution by the cops, by making it hard to identify them. My gifs are made from footage from an international news station. Blurring faces in those gifs has no point, when the source is high resolution mainstream news footage.
It IS important to protect people’s identities when the source is an obscure twitter video, or some person’s private livestream or similar things like that, things the cops might not find as easily, so I make sure to blur faces when that is the case, but mostly I just make my gifs from public, easily findable news footage.
The most important time to keep in mind the safety and privacy of protesters is when you are filming or photographing protests yourself! Any footage you upload of identifiable people participating in a riot or protest can be added to the footage they get from their own cameras, from journalists and news crews, and so create a more complete picture for them to be able to prosecute people.
iPhone users, if you haven’t done so recently go to your location services and check up on what apps have permission to track your location. I know I was surprised at how many apps were tracking my location that definitely didn’t need to.
Then I went to the bottom of that menu and clicked “System Services”
When I opened that menu, ALL of these were on. I shut off all the ones that I saw as completely unnecessary. After I took the screenshots I also turned on “Status Bar Icon” so it will give me the little icon by my battery indicator whenever these System Services are tracking my location.
That’s right, it’s off by default. As in, your operating system is tracking your location without notifying you.
Apple and Google have both said they will use location data for contact tracing. They also said they’re going to judge proximity to other people using Bluetooth, so turn that off when you aren’t using it.
And relevant to that last reply, I certainly feel A Way about how the present online culture encourages– or even mandates– the disclosure of personal details, with the promise of better treatment. Or the implication that sharing this information is What Good People Do.
You don’t have to go far on Twitter to find people asserting that everyone should have pronouns in their bio, and that if you’re cis, it’s the bare minimum you can do as an ally, don’t even think of claiming to support trans people if you don’t have them. IRL, I use the pronouns associated with my assigned sex, and disclosing them means disclosing my assigned sex, which I don’t necessarily want to tell to every random stranger I talk to about video games. So I say “any pronouns” which is what I’m honestly comfortable with, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there are trans and non-binary people who feel like I’m a cis person trying to conceal my status and privilege and/or get extra queer cred.
Because that’s the other thing– identities have become a form of credibility. And, while the base idea that you should listen to people within a group about issues that affect that group is a very good one, it seems to have resulted in a culture where identities are listed to give additional credibility to anything anyone says. So you get posts like “Help an [LGBTQ identity] afford rent!” even though people should not have to out themselves to deserve help with rent (and indeed, cishet people also deserve shelter), and of course, people claiming identities they don’t actually have to gain internet clout. Not just that, people in a grey area (say, questioning their sexuality, or unsure if they count as disabled) are pushed to either claim an identity they aren’t yet sure of, or be excluded from the discussion.
But apart from the moral pressure, there’s also a creeping normalization of sharing personal details– here’s an app that will add a pride flag colored border to your Twitter profile pic, here’s a meme that requires your birthdate, post your selfie next to your art, etc. Of course some people genuinely enjoy participating in this sort of thing, and none of them are bad in and of themselves.
But not everyone on the internet takes these things in good faith. You may put a pride flag around your profile pic only to see your wider social circle sharing an “informative post” about how that identity is problematic, and wonder how many hostile people you’ve just outed yourself to. You might, as someone I know did recently, post about your depression and anxiety while a fandom argument is going on, and be accused of using “white woman’s tears” to sway people to your side (even if you weren’t talking about the argument). And while “Fuck you, I will be myself louder,” is a valid response to things like these, it can be genuinely distressing and uncomfortable if you shared that information to a community that seemed to promise sympathy and support in exchange for disclosure, but instead turned it into some weird form of social judo.
Personally, these days, I prefer “Fuck you, it’s none of your business”. Being yourself does not obligate an explanation, in fact, it requires you to be true to your own comfort level before anyone else’s.
Yeah, I know, you’ve all sat through the talks at school telling you never to tell strangers your credit card details or whatever. But it has come to my attention that there are a worrying number of people who don’t know the actual practical things you can do to stay safe and secure while on the web. These tips cover invasions of privacy from anybody including big companies and hackers. It’s probably worthwhile to give ‘em a go.
Password Safety - Use a different password for every website. I’m not kidding. If you think you’ll struggle to remember that many, you have two options. Firstly, you can use a password manager such as OnePassword, which is probably the safest option. If you’re like me and can’t quite bring yourself to trust one (there’s no reason not to, it just doesn’t sit right with me) you can use variations on a password for unimportant sites, and then come up with secure ones for sites you share more personal info with.
Have I Been Pwned? - This is a website which tells you if your email has been involved in a data breach. Don’t worry if you have been pwned - you have different passwords for everything, remember! Just be aware of what data has been leaked, and change a password or two if necessary. Sign up for their email notifications to stay on top of recent breaches.
ProtonVPN - A VPN, if you don’t know, stands for virtual private network. Picture all the different connections between devices in a network, linked through WiFi or cables, as highways. VPNs section off a lane for your own private use, so nobody can see what you’re sending or receiving. It’s unlikely that anyone will be looking on your home network, but on public WiFi networks it’s important to prevent anyone seeing anything they shouldn’t - it’s not hard to packet sniff! You can also use them to bypass school and workplace website blocking, and access sites blocked in your country. Obviously ProtonVPN isn’t the only one, but I’d recommend em as they encrypt everything and have some pretty beefy systems in place to prevent tracking. It’s available on all devices for free.
ProtonMail - Yes, yes, more ProtonStuff, but this is a really good one. I’ll get onto why Google tracking you is a bad thing later, but if you want to break out of Google’s ecosystem, ProtonMail is a good alternative to GMail. It encrypts all your emails, which means nobody intercepting the email will know what it says. That means it’s great for private matters that you want to keep secret or avoid Google telling people about, like banking and stuff. It’s also a bit more customisable than GMail.
Social Media Checkup - Do you know exactly how much someone can find out about you, just by looking at your social media? Facebook is a special offender for that one (I don’t even have an account there anymore - and dear lord was deleting it a struggle) but Insta, Snapchat, Twitter and yes, even Tumblr, might provide a creep more info than you bargained for. Think about how much you want to make public, or how much the app has on you at all. There are plenty of tutorials on how to adjust your settings.
HTTPS Everywhere - A very handy extension that forces websites to encrypt all your data as you send it back and forth.
Why? - I know it might seem weird that a large company, or even the government, might want to keep track of little old you. Sure, they can target you with relevant ads, but whatever, you use an ad-blocker anyway. That is, until you realise that behind the scenes, on almost every website you visit, data-brokers are collecting info on you and what you do online, and building a profile of you. It’s not anonymous. And it can be used for anything from determining your creditworthiness and insurance premiums to detailed surveillance. Yeah. With all the protests going on lately, it would make sense to keep these people from learning about you for your own safety and your future.
DuckDuckGo - Start by using this search engine instead of Google, and installing the Privacy Essentials extension. It’s a good search engine, for one thing. For another, it prevents tracking and lets you know whose schemes you’ve foiled, you meddling kid. It gives each site you visit a privacy rating, and lets you know how much it’s increased that by. For example, Tumblr usually receives a D, but DuckDuckGo has blocked some trackers and improved it to a B. It has also informed me that trackers have been found and dealt with on over 50% of the websites I visit. Google is unsurprisingly the main culprit.
Alternative Browsers - There are lots of things you can use instead of Chrome, and many of them work really well! I recommend Firefox, since it’s almost exactly like Chrome but open-source, and it also protects you from trackers and has lots of fun extensions. There are some other good PC ones too like Opera and Vivaldi, but I haven’t used them before so I wouldn’t know how good they are. DuckDuckGo has its own mobile browser which is currently my main one.
Adblockers - You can’t get targeted ads if you don’t get ads! You can choose who to show ads for too, so if you want to support a certain site you can whitelist them. Try UBlock Origin, or Adblock Plus. Install ‘em as extensions for whatever browser you’re using.
Privacy Checkup - Go through your Google account with a fine-toothed comb and check what is being tracked about you. Pause your YouTube history, your Maps history, your Google Assistant history. Clear what you can. Check Amazon too. Also, never ever use Cortana or Siri or Alexa or anything like that. Ever. No matter how cool having a robot assistant is.
And that should be that! I’ll try to keep updating this post with new tips as I find them, but this is everything I do for the minute to ensure I’m protected online.
UPDATE #1 (9/8/20): I started using Vivaldi and goddammit is it brilliant!!! Extreme customisation, it’s chromium-based so you have all your fancy Chrome extensions and it has a lovely mobile app too. My current browser setup on both desktop and mobile is Vivaldi with Firefox as a backup, both with DuckDuckGo and adblockers.
This morning Lethys posted an “announcement” about Ser Aymeric’s privacy in the bot’s Discord in response to my previous posts and tweets.
So here’s the takeaway:
- They again admit they do store messages. They go on to try to explain that it would be impossible for them to log everything. I already covered this in the previous post: they do trailing database saves. After a period of time, messages posted beyond a certain date are expunged from the “live” database. However, because of backups, your data is never really gone. They’re conceivable held onto and retrievable indefinitely.
- They again suggest they encrypt their data, with no proof or technical explanation. They admit they do in fact store the data “at rest”, as I suggested in my previous post on this, but then go on to say an astonishingly blatant lie: they claim the developer has no way to decrypting this data. That is, in every conceivable way, impossible to do. Cryptography does not work that way. Period. If the bot can, and by it’s feature set MUST, decrypt that data, then the developer by definition must old the private key on their server to decrypt it. And that, as my analogy in the previous post explains, is no security at all when you’re dealing with an untrustworthy developer.
- They suggest there is no code or functionality that enables the developers to perform actions on their Discord. Well, strictly speaking, they own all your data, what more would they need? But let’s not forget the ‘secret h’ function which I documented with full source code in the previous listing. Any one of the developers could have used it at any time on a whim. Is that code still there? I don’t know, but here’s Roxas, the bot’s co-developer asking the same question
- Someone asked to explain why the bot is not GDPR compliant:
He believes the Discord terms of service protect him from his own country’s laws, which is kind of an amazing statement when you think about it.
- Someone asked how his cryptography works in a way that allows him to keep it secure but also decryptable by the bot:
Security through obscurity, right? No, sorry.
- At times Lethys has claimed that Discord “looked at the code” and verified Aymeric was safe, but now they’re backpedaling entirely on that, and instead saying:
So they gave them their drivers licenses and promised to be super duper good with your data. Please. If that’s all that’s involved in a bots verification none of us are safe.
Your data is not secure, and certainly not safe in the hand’s of a known sexual harasser. Again, I implore you, do not use this bot. For your safety and that of your friends.
Hey remember when I said that idols aren’t property and that their privacy was to be respected? Yeah, I frick-frackin mean that for ALL celebrities. People are going bat-sht over Tom Holland bc they think they own him???
Screw. You. These celebrities are not your property and are allowed to be happy in THEIRRELATIONSHIPS.
I need parents to understand that searching your child’s room/phone will make them afraid to share things with you and much less willing to let you enter/touch those things in the future. A lack of willingness to hand over those possessions does not mean they are hiding things from you. It means that you have conditioned them to cling to any shred of privacy they have because you take it from them so frequently.
Just read some great commentary by @theviewofmylife on the scene where Gregory gets between Jesse and Michael, which was accompanied by some lovely gifs by @stevenrogered.
I think it’s telling that this showdown happened in a semi-public place. Not a bunker, prison, trailer, abandoned warehouse, etc. I forget who did a meta on this a while ago (maybe @ober-affen-geil ? *edited to add that it is NOT @ober-affen-geil , ha. Maybe @hannah-writes ? If someone remembers, please let me know), but it really stuck with me, just about the way Michael and Alex are filmed - it tends to be quite voyeuristic (from a distance, in a mirror), or super tight and close up (like during some of their actual moments of physical intimacy).
Also, the settings in which they are actually communicating with each other tend to be private (empty room at the reunion, the junkyard, the trailer, the shed, the UFO museum, Alex’s patio, the bunker, the back bedroom where Alex was held captive). Big exceptions have been the drive in and the “is this really how it ends?” scene at the Pony. To an extent the Crashdown scene with Forest as well, though there were some shots from further away that give the audience the feeling of being a bystander, watching this unfold from a distance.
The overall feeling, though, is that this is a relationship that has been carried out, for the most part, in the shadows. In secret. And any public interactions have to be very carefully contained, because someone might be watching.
I put this scene somewhere in the middle. It’s not completely private - they’re at a fair, and Jesse and Gregory are present. But it’s also not totally public. And as @theviewofmylife points out, Alex and Michael have been trying and trying and trying to hide how they feel - from each other, and from others (ALL others - casual bystanders, people who have harmed them, AND people they love and trust). And it hasn’t worked. They’ve been noticed and seen by Gregory, and he is laying this bare, at this moment that has high stakes for everyone present.
As this show continues, I’ll be interested to see if there is a shift from these secretive, private interactions to more public ones. I hope that will be the case.
There are certain things I don’t talk about. I have kept diaries, of course, but they can’t be read for quite a long time. What will emerge when people read them? I can’t imagine that anything will emerge that can’t be deduced from reading any of my books now. This is why I’m always curious about people who are fascinated by writers’ lives. It seems to me that we’re always in our books, quite nakedly. I wonder, too, does the private life really matter? Who cares what is known about you and what isn’t? Even when you make public something that’s been private, most people don’t get it – not unless they’re the same generation and have gone through more or less the same experiences. So, in a sense, we’re all private, by definition.
Doris Lessing, Doris Lessing: The Progressive Interview, by Jonah Raskin, The Progressive, November 19, 2013
Hi! First of all, I'd like to thank you guys for creating a new platform where harassment will not be tolerated! You guys really are the heroes that we don't deserve aaaa I just have a question regarding Fanexus. I'm an artist and sometimes I draw R18 content, does Fanexus contain or would consider a feature that is similar to privatter where we can limit who sees our works? Like how in privatter, we can limit an R18 post to mutuals only, followers only, list members only, etc?
Thank you so much, and yes! You’ll be able to decide exactly who is able to see your individual posts.
What would you consider private questions? I have sent some anons which I didn't think were private, but maybe you do
A good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t ask a stranger at a party that question, don’t ask a stranger on the internet. Tumblr tends to foster oversharing and that can create an illusion that nobody has any boundaries, but that really isn’t the case and it’s better not to assume you can ask people intensely personal questions and expect them to answer in front of an audience of thousands.
Ok fangirls are getting way too creepy by looking deep into people’s lives. THIS IS AN INVASION OF PRIVACY PEOPLE!! So many stars have been subjected by fans digging into their personal life and it’s their choice if they want to show it or not. I’m currently only gonna talk obx because it’s one I’ve seen the most of. Chase isn’t the only one I’ve seen so many pictures of Rudy from his high school years and other from childhood. It goes way too far when they have to address it. So just stop please, how would you like it for people to do the same? No I may be a hypocrite because I did like the post but now I realize how rude it is. I get it, you love them. I do too but this is way too far folks
so i keep seeing a post circulating with info on how to keep browsing provacy and avoid targetted ads and comapnies saving your data, but unfortunately the commenters a known freaks el em ayo. they also just dont explain the addons very well, or how to set them up properly. so, as an official paranoid™, here’s my info on how to keep yourself safer while browsing, and to avoid companies tracking your internet habits.
first of all, use firefox.
i’m not kidding. drop chrome. chrome is terrible. many of these addons work for chrome, but really what are you doing using google chrome if you want privacy? that shit is sent right to google. firefox is also very heavily privacy and safety focused, and has many tools to help you manage your browser time. also, all of the addons i will mention here work on the mobile version of firefox! and, yes, you should be setting them up on your phone too.
make sure to remove any other ad blockers you might have on firefox before installing any of the following addons, as they might conflict with these.
trackmenot is a very helpful addon that will generate randomised searches through various search engines. this means that your actual searches will be lost in the fog of so much other search data, making it extremely difficult and even outright impossible to track your search trends, thereby avoiding many targeted ads.
it takes a little to get it optimally set up, but i am here to help!
first step after installing it, go to your addons page in firefox. if you dont know what that is, here’s a pic to show you where it is:
click the three horizontal lines in the top right of the browser, and then click add-ons in the drop down menu.
on your addons page, find trackmenot, and click it.
then click ‘options’….
on the next page, make sure your boxes look like mine do:
now you want to add an rss feed for the addon to use. you can add whatever you like, but i reccomend the following just to get you started:
what this does is find any links that contain google analytics parameters in them- which is what google uses to track link clicks and internet movement- and changes them to ones that do not have the analytics in them. now you can click links without fear of Big G knowing what you’re doing.
this addon blocks cookies, headers and other code in pages that track your activity, and falsifies information to browser fingerprinters to prevent trackers from knowing the specifcs of you and your browser. many websites use headers with embedded code and other fingerprinting methods to load the rest of the code on the page, and many other addons (such as privacybadger) simply block these outright, making the webpage not work properly unless disabled. privacypossum avoids this issue bu simply falsifying your data, meaning you can load websites without having to worry that they know who you are.
unlike other adblockers, adnauseum will, in fact, click ads. but before you scroll by, let me explain. many websites need ads to be able to continue being up, they rely on ad revenue and clicks. but nobody wants to click ads, nobody wants to see ads. so what do we do? adnauseum addresses both sides of this, blocking any and all ads that you may see, and in the process, registers clicks on them. all of them. similarly to trackmenot, by blindly clicking every single ad, the amount of data generated creates too much noise to be useful to ad companies.
advanced tip: DOH (dns over https)
so what the heck does THAT mean?
simply put, http is a middle man who gets you the thing you want to see. but, it’s not safe, and is kind of like passing a paper note in class- anyone can read it.
when https was introduced, it was like putting said note into a locked box, that only you and the recipient had the key to, theoretically preventing anyone from being able to read it. however-
not all data sent via https is encrypted. so people can still look at it and record it. dns is a much more secure method, as it has encryption. the downside of dns, however, is that it often has personal information still attached, such as your ip address, what you were doing, and so on.
there are various ways to avoid even your dns giving information, such as firefox’s own DOh protocols, or third party ones, designed to avoid giving out any more data than is needed to actually connect you to the page you want.
Jangan dengan alasan suka, cinta, lalu berperilaku seenaknya, ingin tau segalanya tentang dia, seolah membaca privasinya adalah sesuatu yang biasa karena kau merasa perhatian padanya. bodoh itu namanya. membenarkan segala hal mengatasnamakan cinta. Halah. Maluuuu diketawain semut.
for someone who has been involved in sex work (massage girl, temporary hooker) do you think it would unwise to put yourself out there? whether it be career wise (for example journalism, PR, etc.) i only dipped my toe in it temporarily, what are your thoughts? thank you
Do you mean that your done with that lifestyle and are afraid that it will catch up to you? If you didn’t document anything and there is no one out to get or there is nothing to blackmail you with— you should be fine. Clean anything in your computer, email and social media that connects to your sex work past. Cancel any accounts + delete anything compromising. You can get into pr and journalism or w/e career you want but just be careful because you will not only represent yourself but w.e company or brand you work for. Rebrand yourself. In the event that it does catch up to you, have a sob story about why you did it and make it something to inspire or draw sympathy. You will need to paint yourself as a victim of your circumstance or regretful of your actions even if it’s untrue.
So there’s this whole issue of the contact tracing and the APIs being nearly unavoidable in the two major smartphone manufacturers’ products, followed by what may become an involuntarily enforced installing of the actual apps that do the tracing.
If so, rather than resist the apps, are there any ways to overwhelm the tracing system? Make it useless to use on those who don’t want their every interaction to be tracked?
Privacy doesn’t exist in desi homes. Its just feels so fucked up on so many levels. When I don’t come out of my room for some time my parents end up invading it !!! I feel so suffocated in my own home constantly.
Our generation’s compulsion to share very private things online as a way to show we’ve healed and we’ve let go is very unhealthy. It’s almost as if if it’s not shared with the world, it didn’t happen. Are we really healed if you need to share it? Or are we looking for validation? The lines of privacy have been washed away and now it’s all for everyone to see. And the worst thing is so many feel entitled to that information. Why have we normalised this?
Proposed solutions to the Ser Aymeric spyware situation
Open source the bot. Allow everyone to audit your code. That you don’t have features baked in
that enable you to spy on others. That you’re actually encrypted the
database, as you now claim.
Get a security audit from a professional, reputable, third party. I’m not talking about your developer friends in the XIV community. Have a real, professional, third party firm that specializes in this audit your work and publish the report.
Shut down the bot. I mean that’s always an option. You threatened to do it last year when I brought all this up, when Roxas kicked you off his servers, at the same time you threatened to delete Gayorzea. Still sounds like a reasonable solution to me.