How to protect yourself while using the Internet (VPN = bad)

redbeard

Hummingbird
Moderator
Why do you need that?
If you don't want to watch porn, just don't watch porn.
For many men, "don't watch porn" is easier said than done. Putting blockers in place is an easy way to increase the amount of work it takes to relapse. More friction makes it harder to access.
 

TheFinalEpic

Pelican
Gold Member
If you want to know 100% that your info isn't being logged, make your own vpn on a remote server that you can pay for anonymously.

Paying for a vpn is more expensive in many cases than spinning up a server that you can host email, sites, searx instances on, etc.

Duckduckgo is not a good idea anymore, if you can't see what a service is doing, and where your info is going, you shouldn't be using it. Taking these companies at "their word" that "oh yea, we'll never track you or sell your data" is your first mistake.

Host your own services, use your own services, and get your friends that aren't capable of it to use those services.
 

gework

Ostrich
Gold Member
Why do you need that?
If you don't want to watch porn, just don't watch porn.
It was useful in getting me off the stuff.
I've not watched any in well over a year now. And it feels amazin'!
The blocking helps stop anything slipping back in; and it's some practice for when the sprogs are here.

I get a list of IPs from a company called Firehol. These two lists will block most VPN traffic/proxies if you are worried about kids using them:

https://iplists.firehol.org/?ipset=firehol_anonymous
https://iplists.firehol.org/?ipset=firehol_proxies
 
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acco

Woodpecker

foolhardie

Pigeon
Duckduckgo is not a good idea anymore, if you can't see what a service is doing, and where your info is going, you shouldn't be using it. Taking these companies at "their word" that "oh yea, we'll never track you or sell your data" is your first mistake.
Instead of duckduckgo, or startpage, or any other search engine, you can try a meta-search engine, like searx.

Here is a brief explanation video: https://videos.lukesmith.xyz/videos/watch/e0f5a4d7-070d-4a03-aca4-3d898b5c5002

A meta-search engine is a tool that routes your search query to other search engines (google, duckduckgo, startpage, bing, qwant, etc.) and fetches the results from all these search engines.

This way, searx disconnects your search queries from the search engines.

You can start using Luke Smith's searx instance. He says he doesn't log the search queries, because, first: he doesn't care about your search terms, and second: he has limited disk space resources.

So, give searx a try.
 

PixelFree

Kingfisher
What do we thinks about Windows 10 VS Windows 7?

I remember when it came out by default it's set to intrusively spy on you, and in their TOS it says MS can read the contents of your files!

Maybe Windows 7 is the better choice - seems to be basically the same.

Also - don't forget browser protection as well. Brave is a good choice.
 

TheFinalEpic

Pelican
Gold Member
Stay away from Surfshark where they support the BLM terrorists and have also donated to them. I was talking to a woman on their technical support live chat and getting nowhere so I ask to speak to a man. When I was transferred to a male, he spits the dummy at me and doing a whole White Knight bullshit.

Spin up your own VPS and start an OpenVPN instance where you control your own information. Outsourcing VPN services is a red Herring
 

Zep

Kingfisher
Much of this is over my head, so I checked out this video. He states a VPN is mostly a waste of time, it simply scrambles your I.P., so your employer for example, won't see what web sites you've visited. If that's important to someone then fair enough, other than that? Your information is still logged with the VPN apparently.

 

TheFinalEpic

Pelican
Gold Member
Much of this is over my head, so I checked out this video. He states a VPN is mostly a waste of time, it simply scrambles your I.P., so your employer for example, won't see what web sites you've visited. If that's important to someone then fair enough, other than that? Your information is still logged with the VPN apparently.

Yes, that's why you set up your own OpenVPN instance on a VPS provider that you trust. See the following for references.



 
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