An Update On My Quest Not To Be Tracked

I thought I’d publish an update on my quest to create a computer set-up that eliminates tracking companies from my world. Basically, this infographic explains why (it’s a large graphic  — you may have to zoom in). So far I’ve really only eliminated the following: Google, Facebook and various other data collection companies. I’ve made my web browsing relatively free of tracking using the techniques I explain in this previous article.

However, there are several other companies that are still tracking me: Verizon (my ISP), AT&T (my mobile ISP), HMA (my VPN provider which keeps logs), Rackspace (my email provider), Apple (I still use an iPhone), and various online stores that I patronize. I also use Dropbox, which means my files are not encrypted before they leave my computer, and are readable by Dropbox.

I still need to make these transitions:

Also, originally, I was using Google as my DNS provider, then I switched to OpenDNS, but now I’m using the DNS services listed on this page, because they are supposed to clear their logs regularly.

I’ve also testing Identica, as a Twitter replacement, OpenPhoto as a Flickr replacement, and Libre.fm as a Last.fm replacement.

Comments 7

    1. There is no convenient replacement — you can try the SilentPhone or a jailbroken Android phone — check out my site GreyCoder for more information on privacy.

  1. Though lavabit is reliable and does offer some level of anonymity I’d recommend you consider hushmail as a more pleasant overall email milieu. Zoho.com is also a good alternative. It has no special encryption or privacy features but seems to be far enough off the beaten path to not be targeted by those gracious government officials whose police I can’t remember voting for.

  2. Why the bother? I enjoy receiving targeted ads – they introduce stuff to me that I need, occasionally. The ad space will be on the page – why not make it useful?

  3. Already eliminating Google and Facebook you have come a long way! Now with 13 million Apple ID’s found on a FBI computer it is time to think about where you login.

  4. If your device can’t be shut off PHYSICALLY, then you are being tracked. You should never buy or use ANY device (phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) that does not have a usable removable and replaceable battery. Not only is this obvious consumer protection advice, but it ensures that there you are neither sending nor receiving data without your consent.

    1. I understand that an iPhone is not a optimal device to own if you are interested in privacy. I will probably sell it before the end of the year.

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