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Sunrise81

Great topic @2earls!! Me, personally, I’m like 2earls. Started out using gmail (separate acct from my every day, usual one), then recently got protonmail b/c some vendors prefer more security measures. And since I don’t know hardly anything about computers and such, I wouldn’t even be able to begin to know how to be more secure other than mail sources like proton. 

With that being said, even some vendors use Gmail and other ‘old’ mail sources, and some who only work with extremely secure mail sites and such. 

So, for me, I try to be careful but a good portion of my decisions is based on how secure the vendor prefers to be. Just my experience from it all. 

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SleepyMonkey
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20 hours ago, Sunrise81 said:

Great topic @2earls!! Me, personally, I’m like 2earls. Started out using gmail (separate acct from my every day, usual one), then recently got protonmail b/c some vendors prefer more security measures. And since I don’t know hardly anything about computers and such, I wouldn’t even be able to begin to know how to be more secure other than mail sources like proton. 

With that being said, even some vendors use Gmail and other ‘old’ mail sources, and some who only work with extremely secure mail sites and such. 

So, for me, I try to be careful but a good portion of my decisions is based on how secure the vendor prefers to be. Just my experience from it all. 

Pay for a good VPN and always have it on.

if you don’t know what a VPN is the. my advice would be to do a little research on them. :) 

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Hammerblow

I’m very much like @2earls and @Sunrise81 I use gmail I have two different accounts but I’ll happily use either what’s the difference they aren’t work related which will always remain confidential. I have proton for vendors who prefer to contact via. That’s literally it. I’m experienced and careful with who I work with  and who I give my details too so that goes far with my decision making. Common sense goes a long way.

 

Why the need for a VPN? 

My philosophy is unless you are dealing with quantities that go waaaaay waaaaaay waaaaaaay beyond the realms of personal use then relax. The authorities with their very limited resources are a bit busy going after the big cheddar. Well that’s the way it is in the UK anyway. You’ll never find/read a story about someone being early morning raided for personal use. And you’ll be amazed what is classed as. 

 

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USR

The data that google collects on your email should actually scare the shit out of you.  I pulled my account last year and went into panic mode.  For a sample just take a look here:"  https://myaccount.google.com/purchases " It pretty much has a purchase history of all transactions from most vendors.  If your Dr. sent anything that resembled an invoice chances are it is in there.

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bdrc36

We gave them 1984 without even a shot fired. We willingly gave it up for ease of access and ignorance. 

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Sunrise81

@bdrc36...huh? 🤔 Please clarify cause I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. 🤷‍♀️

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Hammerblow

So they collect information on your purchase history to then use so you are exposed to certain ads. Quick tip always make sure your microphone is off on your apps this method is also used to collect data . Yes big brother is watching and I’m not entirely comfortable with it either but it’s too short to live one of paranoia and conspiracies. I am merely a piss drop in the ocean in terms of a security risk that’s why I can sleep comfortably. The black helicopters won’t be descending any time soon.  

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Hammerblow

@Sunrise81 I think what I’ve just written is what he is meaning. We have given up our right to privacy through our use of modern technology without actually being aware of it as these practices are well either buried deep in t&c’s or just not spoken about but are well known. I personally couldn’t give a flying f’k because I know I live life on my terms as I am sure you do,  but there are those that are deep down the rabbit hole on this one. Chem trails, flat earth moon landing, dinosaurs aren’t real, big foot lol. The illuminati and a new world order. Bullshit basically.

There are certain conspiracy theory’s that are true but most are just that and I’ve got more important things in life (live it) then to concern myself with who really controls the world, government mind control. And even how my data is used.

 

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bdrc36
5 hours ago, Sunrise81 said:

@bdrc36...huh? 🤔 Please clarify cause I have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. 🤷‍♀️

We live in a world just like in the novel 1984.. well we are well on the path. And the powers that be did it  without having to fire a weapon at us to comply.  We gave them all our info on everything and everyone through social media,  web searches and anything you do that can be tracked.  

All that info is saved and stored. Now wait till quantum computing/A.I can sort through all this info in real time and predict what you will do next.  Similar to minority report.  Info is power now, not money or anything else. 

Whomever discovers  a true A.I will be the next true great superpower,  why do you think trillions is being dumped into this tech my the Chinese, Russians and anyone who wants any future part in this world. 

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SleepyMonkey
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21 hours ago, USR said:

The data that google collects on your email should actually scare the shit out of you.  I pulled my account last year and went into panic mode.  For a sample just take a look here:"  https://myaccount.google.com/purchases " It pretty much has a purchase history of all transactions from most vendors.  If your Dr. sent anything that resembled an invoice chances are it is in there.

I don’t see a single thing on mine. It’s all about using a VPN, which browser you use, etc... 

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SleepyMonkey
On 7/2/2019 at 3:43 AM, Hammerblow said:

I’m very much like @2earls and @Sunrise81 I use gmail I have two different accounts but I’ll happily use either what’s the difference they aren’t work related which will always remain confidential. I have proton for vendors who prefer to contact via. That’s literally it. I’m experienced and careful with who I work with  and who I give my details too so that goes far with my decision making. Common sense goes a long way.

 

Why the need for a VPN? 

My philosophy is unless you are dealing with quantities that go waaaaay waaaaaay waaaaaaay beyond the realms of personal use then relax. The authorities with their very limited resources are a bit busy going after the big cheddar. Well that’s the way it is in the UK anyway. You’ll never find/read a story about someone being early morning raided for personal use. And you’ll be amazed what is classed as. 

 

R

Why the need for a VPN? See my previous post.

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automagic

Started with safe-mail still use and proton. Most vpns are a scam to steal bandwidth from you. If you’re not a seller and are ordering personal don’t worry about it imo.

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EuroMeds

Nord VPN by far the best

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EuroMeds
On 7/5/2019 at 3:38 AM, SleepyMonkey said:

Why the need for a VPN? See my previous post.

Choosing to use Gmail and no VPN is basically maximum potential risk you put yourself at ( for no reason ) and with a company (google) who has all your emails...who directly shares with government....People undervalue privacy, clearly you aren't worried about your operational security which is fine. However, I am of the belief of protecting my own security is same as someone who is unable to enjoy security benefits. VPN's are not created equal. Tor is brilliant, especially with the DDOS fix...

 

If you don't use a VPN in 2019 is laziness. Especially when we are talking $3 a month for Premium...for which you can actually exceed your own provider's cap, privacy while browsing, breaking attachment from your internet browsing with a static IP very easily traced backed to you.

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