Practical Digital Privacy and Security


St John St John Sep 24, 2021 · 1 min read

The layman view of privacy and security is that they are, for the most part, synonymous. Nothing could be further from the truth. Though seemingly harmless, the adage “if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear” should inspire fright at any true democrat’s core.

In this short blog I’ll expose some of the dangers we face in the current digital age. I’ll argue for why ownership of one’s data should be a inalienable right, and in this light, how you can start to take ownership and protect it.

  • Discuss Palantir and movement towards Thielism
  • Argue for Snowden’s view and discuss key arguments in his book.
  • Parallels between West and East view

  • Are you the product? Discuss FOSS vs paid software - when to use either?
  • Decentralise your dependency on any single company
  • Buy your domain. e.g. -> Use it to host a free website on e.g. GitHub Pages.
  • ProtonMail
  • SimpleLogin
  • VPN
  • Use FireFox. Brave if you insist on Chrome. Highlight containers feature and really nice plugins.
  • Consider cryptocurrencies
  • Stop giving out your data online. Default to using one or more throwaway aliases.
St John
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Author of the Asking Why Blog - a personal blog and website with everything I find interesting.