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Using Android Without Google

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As soon as you start up a new Android phone, you get prompted to sign in with your Google account — but what if you don’t want to do that? Maybe you want to take advantage of Android but limit what Google knows about you, or maybe you just prefer the alternative apps; whatever the case, […]

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My phone is spying on me

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If your phone is turned on and has signal, it can be communicating — whether you’ve asked it to or not — with a wide variety of companies, many of which you won’t have any direct relationship with. And yes, this can happen even when you’re not using it. Your phone and other personal computing […]

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Using Signal correctly

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There is a major issue with Signal: Your account is tied to your phone number. This makes these apps really easy to use, since there are no usernames or passwords to deal with. It also makes it easy to discover other app users; if someone is a contact in your phone and has the app […]

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“Nothing to Hide” Argument is Flawed

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Over the years, we at DuckDuckGo have often heard a flawed counter-argument to online privacy: “Why should I care? I have nothing to hide.” As Internet privacy has become more mainstream, this argument is rightfully fading away. However, it’s still floating around and so we wanted to take a moment to explain three key reasons why […]