This is a collection of scripts so people can run their own server with their own software. The list of software here is pretty impressive. It has everything from Plex to Bitwarden. It sort of reminds me of Sandstorm.
A few weeks ago Google shipped an update to Chrome that fundamentally changes the sign-in experience. From now on, every time you log into a Google property (for example, Gmail), Chrome will automatically sign the browser into your Google account for you. It’ll do this without asking, or even explicitly notifying you. (However, and this is important: Google developers claim this will not actually start synchronizing your data to Google — yet…)
I’m curious how much of this impacts Chromium. I usually don’t sign into Chrome/Chromium anymore since I use so little of Google. And I’m using less and less. Which is my larger point. The problem isn’t the browser — it’s the company behind the browser.
Why I’m done with Chrome | A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering
Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, saying it wanted users to “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount.”
But the internet giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails, a Wall Street Journal examination has found.
This is positively chilling. I have a junk Gmail account I use for non-essential communication and I’m thinking of dumping even that one.
Also, sorry for the subscription-only link. I think I captured the scariest part of the article, though.
Fastmail lets you create referral links and I’m consciously not doing that, just so my saying “Go get Fastmail!” doesn’t seem like a come-on.
Go get Fastmail!
Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail | The Wall Street Journal (subscription only)
“Yes, this is jingoistic; the idea of a handful of American tech giants controlling much of society has helped push regulators internationally to try to limit their power. But we would almost certainly do the same if a bunch of foreign companies attempted to take over our economy. At least it’s our own giants that we have to fear.”
I take very little solace in the idea that a tech monopoly is somehow less dangerous if everyone involved happens to be from the same country. There’s no upside to a lack of choices.
“Only thing I wonder is how much people really worry about the privacy/data issue. I don’t get the sense that too many do, or at least they view risk/reward as acceptable when the latter is a cost-free utility.”
Axios has been doing a great job covering the evolving role of the tech giants in American society—including our elections. One recurring theme is that while the impact of companies like Facebook and Google on elections is disturbing to some, it might not be disturbing to enough.
I just started covering my laptop cameras. You can use anything, but if you want to help out a good cause, you can also buy them from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The $10-plus-shipping price is absurd for stickers, but if you think of it as a donation with perks, it’s not that bad.
It’s true. Cloud providers–especially American ones–are insecure on a number of levels. But on a practical level, they just make life so much easier. The thing of it is, I know I could host things like email and files on my own server, but I’m not sure how much more secure the data would be. Because while anyone can create their own cloud, keeping a cloud secure isn’t a trivial task. So I use hosted clouds and try to remember how many corporations are looking through my files. It’s not perfect but it’s convenient.
One day I hope to have the time and energy to create/find something more secure. Most probably a hosted solution in a privacy-minded country. If your family is already interested in security, I’d encourage them to explore alternative solutions. You might have a situation where your family is doing the leg-work of a secure cloud project for you!
Then tell me what you’re doing!
It’s tough getting Google out of your life—especially if you use an Android phone. But I’m slowly shedding Google services. I even see an exit strategy for getting off of Google Calendar.
It might be impossible to get out of Google completely, but that’s OK. Just reducing the number of eggs in the Google basket is a healthy project worth considering.
I hope some readers will submit a proposal. Rainey Reitman from Electronic Frontier Foundation will be the keynote!