It is 3:55 AM on Friday May 4th, 2018.
It took some time to find a solution that would make me happy in using this new laptop. It is small, there is very limited space and after hitting a number of roadblocks yesterday I stumbled into a wonderful solution.
Although I was happy with the size and weight of this laptop I wasn’t happy with the OS and bloatware. Windows took up just about all of the space and after installing the very necessary antivirus and malware blocker I was left with only about 2 gigabytes. It also ran pretty slow as Norton Antivirus was taking up nearly half of the cpu with its constant scanning.
Well, what started out as simply desire to use my old Nokia RAZR to limit the influence of social media, tracking and all the invasive aspects of the internet has become one of privacy and reducing the influence of the internet in my life.
As I mentioned previously, I wasn’t really enjoying the internet anymore. This sounds like a silly thing to say and it is mostly my fault because I was visiting the same websites, doing the same social media and everything felt stagnant. Also, within the past couple months I’ve learned how little control over my data I actually have; this was underlined by Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before congress. And so I dug into this a little more and learned that Facebook is bad, but Google is much worse.
I’m excited about the internet again, but this time in limiting its invasive aspects instead of adding new.
Privacy and the amount of information companies such as Facebook and Google have on their users has been brought to the forefront with the Cambridge Analytica debacle. This has been a catalyst for me to reevaluate how I use the internet and where I want to go from here.
I’ve spent the last few days encrypting everything. We’ve had a lot of home break-ins recently in our little seaside hamlet and it made me realize how vulnerable all our data was to thieves. With all the security, firewalls, passcodes and so on I never really thought much about having our physical devices stolen out of the house! And so, I went into paranoia mode and have been encrypting everything and anything.