Topic: Techniques To Staying Private Online
I think that privacy is important just as much as the next guy here. How can we truly remain private online though?
I sometimes suspect that popular Operating Systems such as Microsoft's Windows, or Apple's Mac OS are backdoored, and every keystroke we make is sent to them or something. I know this may be paranoia, but you never know today with our government (at least here in the U.S.)
There are supposedly Private Linux solutions such as Tails for instance. I have been considering making the switch to Linux, even from my Mac... If there are any other private Linux distros out there, please post below.
I would like to discuss some different ways to remain truly private online. I'd like your help as well.
In terms of email, there are a few different options I've found as alternatives to the popular Gmail service, as well as Yahoo Mail, and even Hotmail, and AOL providers.
For privacy, I personally use Hushmail as of now (hushmail.com), however they only provide free LIMITED accounts in certain areas. You can obviously pay for their email service too if you wish.
There is also one I found (I think the first one I've ever found) is Reagan mail. Conservatives are going to LOVE this one. I didn't get it initially because it was premium only I guess, or I didn't know how to get the free account at the time (reagan.com). That one is another private email provider to my knowledge.
(NOTE: I WAS JUST LOOKING AND REAGANEMAIL.COM IS NOT THE SAME AS REAGAN.COM TO MY UNDERSTANDING, IF I AM WRONG, PLEASE REPLY, BUT BE CAREFUL!)
Lastly, there is Startmail, provided by IXQuick Search engine. Their more popular StartPage, you may be more familiar with. They are in development at the moment with Startmail I guess, but you can buy their service too (startmail.com).
So basically, if you want PRIVATE email, you're going to have to pay in most cases, unless you have limited features of either Hushmail (as I said, Hushmail is provided freely only in certain areas.) Apparently ReganMail is now free too, and they give you UP TO 1 GB FREE (going on reaganemail.com)! I may consider switching from Hushmail, to Reganemail, but I might as well just stay where I am.
With Hushmail, I think the Limit is 25MB for the free accounts; 1 GB is a LOT more, and it could come in hand, but I am grateful with the Private mail account, and blessed to have it, so I will probably stay with them for the time being.
(But what if you HAVE to use Gmail for school or business? Just use Epic then I suppose? :~))
There are other things you need to take mind of too when browsing online to remain private... Other services such as social media for instance... the only social media that I use is Skype, but I may be soon to cut that off. I don't appreciate all my conversation being sent to Microsoft.
I've heard of software such as Audium to keep private when using these messenger softwares, what do you guys think of this? Do you have any other private software to keep private when messaging?
As for me personally, my church's online chat room is the pastor's OWN private server, so that's why I know it's safe to use that for conversation, they're a non 501(c)(3) church too, so they are non-government owned. No need to be worried there! Anyone's welcome there too, it's the Seventh-Day Remnant Church (remnantofGod.org/chat.htm) But other than that.. I'm iffy on other programmes for online socializing.