Privacy and security seem to be trending among the more informed, and since the trickle down theory of economics applies to the great unwashed masses of humanity– including Apple’s one billion customers– I think it’s time for us to favor putting a little paranoia into our lives.
We live in a capitalist world. Everybody wants your money. We also live in a very insecure world where nefarious sources are out to make money by taking information about you and using to their own ends, and the only defense is a little paranoia.
After all, if everybody is out to get you, a little paranoia is the right attitude to have.
Yes, I’m deeply ensconced in the Apple ecosystem; mostly because the alternatives are less private and less secure. A few of my Android-toting and Windows PC friends have their horror stories about identify theft, viruses and malware, and occasionally ask why I don’t worry about such shenanigans on my Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
I do worry. Paranoia, right?
Why worry? Michael Grothaus:
In today’s connected world, we’re being tracked and surveilled more than ever by everyone from search giants and social media companies to ISPs and advertising firms.
Remember, we live in a capitalist world. Everybody wants your money. If they can’t get it the old fashioned way– by selling something to you– they’ll get it the new fashioned way– by giving you something to use for free, and in exchange you provide them with personal data that they use against you.
How does that even make sense?
To a large extent, your average user can claw back some of their online privacy by using ad blockers or more privacy-focused browsers like Brave and Firefox.
Good idea. But that’s only a start to utilize paranoia in the correct manner. Compare how much you use a standard browser– Safari, for example– vs. other apps on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. They collect personal data, too.
Grothaus created an online guide to help out and it’s a good and worth read.
The paranoid person’s guide to online privacy
NoodleMac fully supports actions that improve privacy and security and this list will help, especially so if you’re a little paranoid.
- Ditch Facebook
- Make Online Accounts Anonymous
- Use A Burner Phone
- Say Goodbye To Google
- Use A Secure Browser
- Use A VPN
- No Smarthome Products
- Say Goodbye To Android
- Use A Secure Messaging App
You can do more, but if you’re sufficiently paranoid then you’ll put those into practice right away and help secure your present and your future from those who would give you something free in exchange for personal privacy and security that can be used against you.
A little paranoia can go a long way these days.