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Zerush wrote (edited )

To better understand the importance of choosing an appropriate search engine that respects privacy, it is that the usual Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc, log the user's activity, to offer content according to the user's preferences, Although at first glance it seems like an advantage, it is not, since it puts the user in what is called a filter bubble, it is something like asking someone who always agrees with you even if you are wrong. In other words, a Flatearthler will always find articles and blogs as first results that confirm his delirium. Worse if these companies use this also to manipulate opinions, also in politics. Although DDG and others use engines from Bing, Google, etc. or search the web with AI, like Andi, the most important thing is that they do not log the search history, offering objective results, as it should be. This is the importance of a private browser, not that maybe there is some tracking cookie that everyone blocks anyway.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filter_bubble

https://choosetoencrypt.com/search-engines/filter-bubbles-searchencrypt-com-avoids/

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Zerush wrote (edited )

I know that DDG is not exactly the most private search engine out there, but it is a very good search engine. If it doesn't block MS trackers it doesn't matter much, since I'm blocking them myself. Besides it is only one among many engines that I use, mainly Metager, Mojeek, Peekier and Andi as my main search engine, among others and specific ones.

https://metager.de

https://www.mojeek.com

https://peekier.com

https://andisearch.com

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Zerush wrote

ImageMagick is a fine app, but IrfanView is way better, IrfanView even can substitute a Video or music player, not only images, Even Nomacs is better than ImageMagick.

Yes, you can fork an disatended FOSS, if you are capable to do that. Maybe in a small app you can, if you are a dev, but in more complex apps with hyndreds of thouusends of lines, you need a teem with severral devs to do this.

A normal user can't. He don't even read the TOS and PP of a soft and less thousends of lines of the code to prove that it works without problems,

Although Windows, as the most used OS is also the most atacked, Malware exist also in Linux, with the difference that Windows has a catalogue of dozends of excellent AV, and Linux ? The placebo ClamAV? Don't trust on this, until now Linux are relative secure, because hackers mainly atacks Windows and not so Linux as minority OS, but this is currently changing, due to the increment amount of servers which use Linux.

Every OS can be a victim of Malware, more in these moments in a war between east and west, They don't fight only with guns and tanks, also the cyberspace is a battleground between corresponding secret services since years, with the user in the middle. In every OS is advisable to check well what you download, the biggest security hole is the user himself. As I say, don't trust your own shadow in the web.

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Zerush wrote (edited )

Same in OpenSource, not all OpenSource is free to use. Currently I use Proton Mail and VPN free, both are OpenSource, until now until a limit the use is free, but can change in the future. Anyway, if you use a free product like the mencioned SSuite, it isn't a problem if they change their policy, to use it you don't need an account, the use is completly anonymous. Apart a fast and friendly user support (via mail)

If they change their policy, simply stop using it, but I don't think so, I use it since more than 7 years now and also know that these two guys don't have interests to change it, it is a hobby project, they gain money working as electricians with a own workshop.

Another example is the, I think, very known IrfanView, freeware image and multimedia viewer and editor (only for Windows, but works perfect with Wine in Linux too), it don't have a really FOSS alternative with this amount of functions, the nearest and only is Nomacs -Image Lounge (FOSS), but even this one has only half the funktionality of IrfanView. IV was created in 2006 and until now it only has improved its features, nothing in its TOS.

There is always the risk in any software that one day the conditions of use change, that the dev sells the product, etc. This can have consequences in a product that requires registration to use it, but not in one that is free to use without Registration.

Also in FOSS there are numerous problems, the web is full of abandoned and unattended products, without any user support, or worse, filled with malware (hackers can also read the script, taking advantage of the lack of maintenance).

FOSS is preferable, as I said, but there are never any guarantees and not everything is gold, less so since Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Zuckerbot also developed FOSS.

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Zerush wrote (edited )

Antivirus and antimalware . I don't know any OpenSource alternative which are not only a bit more than a placebo. Some multimedia drivers, these from your ISP to connect you., most games, some profesional or official apps,

It is always good to prefer OSS or FOSS, but for many things there is no other option than to use proprietary software. In any case, it is always recommended to read the TOS and PP of the soft, apart of a good user support/community, which in proprietary soft is not necessarily worse than in Open Source apps or services. Example https://www.ssuitesoft.com/privacypolicy.htm

(You can test it with Blacklight, or with Exodus Privacy in Android)

https://themarkup.org/blacklight

https://exodus-privacy.eu.org/en/

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Zerush wrote

Apple in general looks more for its profits than for the user. Who in his right mind carries a locator on him, apart from the fact that it is a logical consequence that these gadgets are used for malicious purposes. Sometimes the Apple fans freak me out, which I consider almost a cult.

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Zerush wrote (edited )

I use Vivaldi, it has inbuild an ad and trackerblocker, with filters from uBO and others (customizable). But for more privacy, there are some good extensions also for Firefox

https://github.com/wooque/site-bleacher (In FF you must add it by hand, not in the store currently)

https://addons.mozilla.org/es/firefox/addon/absolutedouble-trace/

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/whatcampaign/

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/localcdn-fork-of-decentraleyes/

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/css-exfil-protection/

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/clearurls/

There are others, but these are already for those who wear a tin foil hat

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Zerush wrote (edited )

Not only in Spain. Smartphones are the favorite target of all kinds of malware, because they are more exposed and less protected as a PC, which ministers and Chancellor Merkel have experienced in the past due to spyware on supposedly armored smartphones used by German politicians and others. A smartphone is not a secure device and it is never recommended to store important information or use it for banking and official uses, precisely because not only malware like Pegasus and others, but also simple hackers can intercept it in a matter of seconds. Old mobiles are much more secure, almost impossible to hackear or interceptar a distance.

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Zerush OP wrote (edited )

I think that the VLC devs will solve this problem, every soft is in danger sooner or later, of being the target of attack by malicious hackers, for this reason there are security updates that any software or service needs.

I found this in the VLC forum https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=159606&p=526483&hilit=chinese+hackers&sid=6a1388a7fa571b4c4226c377901cf5e2#p526483

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Zerush wrote (edited )

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Oxitocin is a own chemical produced by the own organism, it is what he calls the hormone of happiness, produced in the hypothalamus in certain circumstances, for example in women in maternity or when we win the lottery. Naturally it can be administered artificially, but production can also be caused in the body itself, through a certain behavior against it. Naturally it requires a good knowledge of this animal (or person in question) and its nature to provoke this feeling in him. If this were not the case, there would be no friendship with, as you have seen in the video, even with sharks, there were even alligators, octopuses, and there are even cases with insects such as wasps. All beings on the planet come from the same unicellular being that was formed in the beginning on Earth, we share DNA even with an onion, and all with a hormonal system that works in a similar way. No animal is evil by nature, they kill to survive and become aggressive when threatened or attacked. If a wasp appears and, as usual, we hit it, we cannot be surprised when it stings us, or if we enter its territory as is. If we treat another person with disrespect or aggression, we cannot expect that they respect us either or that hedirectly breaks our faces, the same. The key is this, if they notice that we are not a threat and that we respect their nature, there will be no problems with them either.

https://piped.kavin.rocks/watch?v=IB-smJr5rc8

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