Surveillance

Surveillance tools/techniques, surveillance avoidance, end-to-end encryption, VPN, Tor, email aliasing, financial privacy, VOIP, device configuration.

Email - Mobile Phone - Privacy and Security - Technology - Hands

Email is Insecure – Stop Using it for Sensitive Communications

Email is the primary means of sending messages and documents for many people. Unfortunately, email was never designed to be private or secure. Over time, we’ve developed several tools and techniques to help make it more secure. But at the end of the day, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel, email is inherently insecure. Just ask the US military. Millions of military emails are going to Mali (.ml TLD) rather than the military (.mil domain) due to mundane typos. We go into detail about why email is insecure and go over real-world and personal examples. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us.

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Cybersecurity - Privacy and Security - Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Are Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) Useless Honeypot Scams?

You may have heard others in the privacy and security community call virtual private networks (VPNs) “useless”, “scams”, or “honeypots”, but is this actually the case? There are certainly a lot of sketchy VPNs and creators who shill them, but does that invalidate the thesis for using a VPN? We discuss this issue as well as offer a few tips for using VPNs and Tor to protect your privacy. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us.

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Corporate Surveillance - Data Sharing - Data Breaches - Account Linking

12 Considerations for Opening Your Next Account – Part 2

Have you ever opened an account and regretted it? Has your private data been used, abused, and breached? We have years of experience fighting with hundreds, if not thousands of different apps and services to harden, sanitize, delete sensitive information, and recover from data breaches. In this episode, we share our insights from these experiences so you can hopefully avoid the pitfalls we and our clients have encountered over the years. More specifically, here in Part 2 of 2, we discuss: 1. App and service providers may make it difficult or impossible to close your account or delete your data; 2. Many or most entities will be breached; 3. App and service providers may not actually be deleting your data when they’re supposed to; 4. Phone numbers for SMS two-factor authentication (2FA) being abused; 5. Usernames and email addresses revealing information and linking accounts; and 6. Password recovery and other features revealing information about you. Take these considerations seriously when you consider opening your next account. We also discuss detailed action items for addressing these concerns, but caution listeners that some of the techniques detailed in this episode (fake information, email aliases, VOIP phone numbers, etc.) may not be appropriate or lawful in some jurisdictions or some circumstances. Some of the images presented in the video and blog content for this episode are AI-generated and provided for entertainment purposes only. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: We are not attorneys or other legal professionals and nothing in this episode should be construed as legal or other advice.

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Corporate Surveillance - Privacy-invasive Apps and Services - Spying on Unsuspecting Users - Smart Devices

12 Considerations for Opening Your Next Account – Part 1

Have you ever opened an account and regretted it? Has your private data been used, abused, and breached? We have years of experience fighting with hundreds, if not thousands of different apps and services to harden, sanitize, delete sensitive information, and recover from data breaches. In this episode, we share our insights from these experiences so you can hopefully avoid the pitfalls we and our clients have encountered over the years. More specifically, here in Part 1 of 2, we discuss: 1. Avoiding data silo mentality; 2. Your account and data can be taken away at any time; 3. Policies can change against you at any time; 4. If a system can ID you, assume this is permanent; 5. Apps/services making it difficult or impossible to change or delete data; and 6. Some systems will disable your account when you change your data. Take these considerations seriously when you consider opening your next account and stay tuned for Part 2. The images presented in the video and blog content for this episode are AI-generated and provided for entertainment purposes only. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Correction (25, July 2023): It was stated in this episode that Amazon purchased iRobot. Amazon has entered into an agreement to purchase iRobot, but this transaction has yet to close. However, we expect it to close and remain concerned about Amazon’s data collection.

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Software - Open-Source - Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS)

Why Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) Matters

Do you love money and freedom? Do you hate being spied on and having your data monetized, shared, breached, and held captive by creepy organizations? If so, Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) is right for you! Even if you’re paying, many closed-source applications and services are harvesting and sharing your personal data (searches, purchases, location, health and fitness, etc.) and potentially exposing you to critical security vulnerabilities. Many have come to accept that if you want to live in a modern society, you must use proprietary software and accept their abusive practices. This just isn’t the case. Not only are there a lot of great FOSS alternatives out there, many of them are actually better than their proprietary counterparts. In addition, we see a disturbing trend of proprietary software weakening encryption, collecting more data, bundling adware, and moving to subscription payment models. Abandon this sinking ship while you still can. In this episode, we explain what the issues with closed-source software are and how FOSS can help. We also discuss action items for transitioning to FOSS and using closed-source software in a controlled manner if you need to. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Correction (25, July 2023): It was stated in this episode that Amazon purchased iRobot. Amazon has entered into an agreement to purchase iRobot, but this transaction has yet to close. However, we expect it to close and remain concerned about Amazon’s data collection.

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