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This post was originally published on 11 SEP 2020; it has been updated to include more relevant and updated information.

With the increasing popularity of NFC and RFID technology being used in smartphones as a method for delivering "wallet" payme...


Microsoft Windows 10 (and the newer edition, Windows 11) is a data collection machine that phones home a lot.

Some examples of the data Windows collects:

  • Searches (which get forwarded to Bing, Microsoft's search engine)
  • Voice data (for devices where a mic is present)
  • Keystrokes/typing hist...


Originally published on 17 FEB 2021.

This is a guide for tweaking the Firefox browser for enhanced online privacy. We explore the "normal" and the "advanced" tweaks here.

This guide is intended for desktop users across all platforms such as Windows, macOS, and Linux.

This guide is based on...


Odds are that in this day and age, you've got a smartphone. Odds also are that your smartphone is either an iPhone (iOS) or some flavor of Google Android (but still an Android.)

Unfortunately, it can be said that neither are exactly the best for your privacy. Between these two, which mobile...


If you're not aware of the privacy nightmares of Windows 10 and Windows 11, then let us inform you: Windows is not all privacy friendly.

(Yes - the same thing goes for Apple's macOS.)

Just about any closed-source, proprietary operating system is more than likely not going to be beneficial fo...


Originally published on 21 JAN 2021; revised on 7 OCT 2021.

Long story short: Google Chrome sucks for privacy.

Now, with that out the way, I'm here to show you how to download, install, and tweak the Ungoogled Chromium browser.

Bear in mind that installing and configuring Ungoogled Chrom...



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