Open Source Alternative Apps

I chose the ” Data Anonymization” Video. This video talks about how everyone generates and produces a lot of data while using digital devices and the internet. Masses of information about you and your activity is being collected. Some of this data we give them ourselves (e.g whilst ordering online). But most of it is being collected and created without us knowing (e.g. tracking location). A lot of this data seems irrelevant and not important, but it actually is very important. If you put some of that irrelevant data ( job position, gender, IP address…) together, the internet can make a very detailed profile of you as a user. The video states “Anonymization is a process of encrypting or removing personally identifiable information from data sets.” Adding to that Deanonymization is very easy. You can match anonymized data with other publicly available data. This leads to a reveal off personal data. Anonymization is very difficult because of so much data that is already out in the open and even more, is being produced every second. The question that comes up after watching this video is how we are going to keep our information private is Anonymization is almost impossible to achieve.


After that, I chose the ” How to control your data on chrome” guide. The information and tips I got out of it were:

You can go and switch into Incognito Mode. This mode blocks cookies and browsing history. Traces are automatically cleared after closing the window. Things like history, cookies, and searches are not being saved or remembered. But after all Incognito mode does not give you full anonymity on the internet. Another way to reduce your data is to customize your browsing mode. On chrome, you can create your own default browsing mode. You are able to set your own preferences what will be saved while browsing. Even though your history will only be cleared when you fully close the browser. “Do not track” is another tactic to protect your data. Your Browsing traffic will not be tracked because chrome will ask every website you visit to not track it. You could also just change your search engine. Google is the default engine on chrome but it is not private at all. Engines that are way more private are DuckDuckGo; Searx; start page; lxquick. The main thing you can do to reduce your data while using the Google Chrome browser is deleting your history once in a while. frequently clearing your browsing history lets you avoid for data to add up and letting trackers access this data.

I reviewed “Adium with OTR” as a tool. It is an accessible source for instant messaging and free of charge. This tool is very easy to use and supports a lot of different instant messaging protocols. Furthermore, it supports open source and encryption support. The “Adium with OTR” is very private and cautious about secrecy,  because the messages that are being sent through this tool are encrypted end to end. The only negative is that it is only compatible with Mac OS X and not Windows.

1 comment
  1. dylan barry
    dylan barry
    November 16, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Even with these ways of hiding your information such as incognito mode, is it really safe from third-party websites from finding out things they want to? I feel like they will always have ways to get information out of people one way or another. Also, with the messaging website is it completely left out from encryption or can they still figure some information out?

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