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Hello everyone!

I would like to say sorry for not tooting a lot lately..

That is because I have been learning a bit more Python than usual and I promise that is Not a excuse not to toot.

Python is my first programming language and I'm a slow learner.

I will still toot about privacy but not as much.. Don't worry, I will toot more when I'm better at Python and my goal is to make free software and help other's free software ;)

Please forgive me for that and,
Stay Safe!


Hey everyone!

I would like to announce that this account will be moved to @librebuddys !

I'm still the one behind it so don't worry ;)

Librebuddys will be all about free software and privacy!

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Hello everyone!

I would like to say I'm so sorry for not tooting for such a long time :((

That is because I have a big increase of homework compared to last year and I'm not much used to it...

Also, a very big change!! I created @librebuddys to spread the message of freedom in technology! It's still being set up though.

But the bigger announcement is that I will no longer use this account and will be using @tommy for my main blog account! It's on LoadAverage(GNU Social node).

Stay Safe!

Tommy boosted

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Hey everyone!

It's the first day of online school 7th grade and I'm kinda not happy.

I just woke up a few minutes ago and school still starts in 2 hours.

I am a little rushed since, 1, I really, really, really don't want to install required malware on my computer and I haven't yet did that. 2, I probably can't even install those non-free, DRM-infected, spyware on the OSs I'm using(gnu guix and trisquel gnu/linux).

Welp, let's see how it goes!

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Hey everyone!

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Hi everyone!

So you might notice that I sometimes delete and redraft my toots(posts).

I just wanted wanted to tell you I do that because I feel like that toot wasn't good enough.

I promise I don't delete and redraft my toots just because I can't think of something to post about.

Also, if you ever have any feedback or questions you can always direct message me! Feel free to chat with me if you want ;)

That's all I wanted to say for now, and,

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Hey everyone!

Most people use a mobile device each day. But many mobile-OSs don't respect your privacy..

The best approach is to not use a mobile device, but that's not very convenient...

Which is why I have a , -respecting mobile-OS that you can use daily!

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Name: Replicant

Features: Fully free software | Based upon LineageOS and avoids every non-free component |

Site: replicant.us/
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Honorable mentions: postmarketOS, Plasma Mobile, CalyxOS
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Hello everyone!

If your a developer, then you likely use a 3rd-party service for your source code repository for your awesome !

I'm not really a developer yet, but certainly can't wait to be one!

I would want to use a source code repository service that is - respecting and .

Below I have some I favor!

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1. TuxFamily

Site: tuxfamily.org/
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2. Sourcehut

Site: sourcehut.org/
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3. Savannah

Site: savannah.gnu.org/
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Hey everyone!

I just wanted to say, I feel so bad for the people who got laid off by Mozilla.

I already saw that Mozilla was a quite profitable company and yes, they have increased contract time for Proprietary, non privacy respecting companies, such as Google.

They will also focus mainly on developing profitable products such as their VPN.

That's all I wanted to say and,

Stay Safe!



Hello everyone!

I would like to say sorry for not tooting a lot lately..

That is because I have been learning a bit more Python than usual and I promise that is Not a excuse not to toot.

Python is my first programming language and I'm a slow learner.

I will still toot about privacy but not as much.. Don't worry, I will toot more when I'm better at Python and my goal is to make free software and help other's free software ;)

Please forgive me for that and,
Stay Safe!


Hello everyone!

So lately, I've been learning more about GNU and the FSF.

I recently realized that Free software and Open source are not identical values.

Below I have 3 articles that could be helpful on the point:

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Richard Stallman's, "Why Open Source misses the point of Free Software":
gnu.org/philosophy/open-source

Free software definition (GNU):
gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.htm

Open source definition (OSI):
opensource.org/osd
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Hi everyone!

I highly recommend you Not to use proprietary and -intruding
social networks such as Twitter or Youtube.

But if you can't stop going there, I know some metadata, -respecting, web services for accessing those non-free social networks!

Below are the redirects!

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Youtube --> Invidious

Instances: instances.invidio.us/
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Twitter --> Nitter

Instances:
github.com/zedeus/nitter/wiki/
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Instagram --> Biblogram

Instances: git.sr.ht/~cadence/bibliogram-
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Hello everyone!

Encrypting your disk is worthy since it protects your information from unauthorized users.

Which is why I have 2 options below!

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1. VeraCrypt

Features: Derived from TrueCrypt | Easy to use | Full disk encryption (FDE) |

Site: frama.link/Veracrypt

For: :linux: :windows: :apple_inc: :freebsd:
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2. Linux Unified Key Setup

Features: FDE | Uses dm-crypt | Included by in Ubuntu |

Site: frama.link/luks

For: :linux:
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Stay Safe!

If you ever wanted to check the amount of trackers for an app on an :android: phone, try the option I got below!

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1. Tracker Control

Features: Uses VPN to detect and block trackers | Map of tracking destinations | Can block internet access | Traffic log | Option to quickly request data deletion | Can manage system apps | Can change IP address and DNS servers of VPN | Can enable subnet routing | :ad: blocking |

Site: frama.link/tracker-control/
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Shoutout to the Odysseus Web Browser by @alcinnz !

It's a fast, privacy respecting, elementary OS-style browser!

Site: odysseus.adrian.geek.nz/

Stay Safe!!

If your on Android, and use the Google Play Store, then there's something to change.

The Google Play Store is the place to see :ad: s thrown in your face. Also full of Proprietary software and trackers, I would skip it.

Instead use F-Droid.

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Name: F-Droid

Features: Free software, Respects your privacy, Almost all apps Free software (if not partially open e.g. Tutanota, Bitwarden).

Mastodon: @fdroidorg

Site: f-droid.org/

For:
:android:
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Stay Safe!


Tommy boosted

Questions to ask when evaluating an online service 

1. Are they open source to an extent that you're comfortable with? Do they ask you to run proprietary software on your devices? Is the code running on their servers open?

2. If they claim to be open source, do they use an OSI-approved or FSF-approved software license? If not, they're misleading you.

3. Is your personal data handled by such proprietary software? Do you ever transmit your personal data to their servers? Even if open source, they would be able to read and use this data however they wish and you wouldn't be able to tell - do you trust them to? What if they're compelled by law enforcement?

4. Do the needs justify the personal data they are collecting about you? If not, why are they collecting it?

5. If they claim to use encryption for the data which is transmitted to their server - question whether or not it's really private. Do they ever handle the unencrypted data? For example, if an email service claims to encrypt incoming emails, they have an opportunity to read the unencrypted email before they store it. Do they disclose these "gotcha"s, or do they make clear the limitations of their encryption? Is any encrypted information decrypted by software they control, like their web application, or a desktop application which is automatically updated without your consent? If so, they could decrypt it on your computer and transmit the decrypted data back to their servers.

6. Are they responsible for any scarce resources, like an email address, phone number, and so on, which you wouldn't be able to take with you if you leave? Are there ways to provide the same functionality without scarcity, such as the use of your own domain? If so, why aren't they offering them? How important are these resources to your identity, will your friends be able to find you if you choose to stop using the service?

7. How do they make money? What is their motivation for providing services to you? If their circumstances change, will their values change? How likely is change?

If you ever wanted to contact me privately, some info is below ;)
Stay Safe!

----Contact----

Email: tommyw@cryptolab.net

OpenPGP Fingerprint:
8ff2 9d3c bbfa f115 e532 01ff 5c40 4ace 77e8 1cad

Just DM or email me your Public key and I'll be happy to send mine!

Jabber:
tommyw3@jabber.calyxinstitute.org

OMEMO Fingerprint(s):
59ccbf65 a61b2994 bca4434a bc9bcd8b e870d606 8dbdc75f fd0d160c f352bc58

OR

50898558 90603a12 0268a218 c57895ec 81811080 0aad2105 d6535f19 9392da34

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If you ever wanted to securely send files to someone or just sync files, Syncthing would be perfect in my opinion.

Details are below! ;)

What it is: A P2P File Syncing/sharing tool

Features :verified_neon_green: : File versioning, Easy to use, uses TLS, Data stored on your device

Site: syncthing.net/

For:
:linux:, :freebsd:, :openbsd:, NetBSD, Dragonfly BSD, :windows:, Illumos, :apple_inc:, Solaris, :android:

I hoped you enjoyed and Stay Safe!!




Hello everyone!
For this toot I would like to say sorry I didn't toot anything for the last 2 days.. That is because me and my family were a bit busy.

So please forgive me and more Privacy crash course will be coming up soon!

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