Any device that defines itself as “smart” now needs an application to function.
Download our app for your new car. Then download the app for your new smart thermostat. Here is the app for your smartwatch, this one is needed for the smart bulb. You can't miss the application to use your modem / router either.
I'm exaggerating? Not really. We are forced to install on our mobile phones a lot of apps so they will become slow and obsolete within a few months.
Usually everything that is smart needs an application to work, and at the same time often the application is also the only way to install and use the latest gadget bought.
The result? We have to install, configure and update an infinite array of apps of dubious utility, create as many infinite accounts of which we do not even remember the password (unless you make the huge mistake of using the same or a small one of it. variant) with the result of exposing our personal data to cyber attacks, sharing our personal information to unknown third parties (check the permissions of what you have installed on the phone and you will be amazed). .
These applications therefore often become a way to convey advertising, keep us informed of news (are we really sure we want it?) and there is no guarantee of security updates in the long term.
In short, the consumer customer finds himself caught between two fires: if he wants to use the smart object he has just bought, he must use the app otherwise he only has an ornament left.
Think about it the next time you read smart about some item you buy.
Who is smartest? The company that sells it or the gadget you are buying?
LibreWolf is a “fork” of Mozilla Firefox designed with privacy in mind.
According to their website:
LibreWolf is designed to minimize data collection and telemetry as much as possible. This is achieved through hundreds of privacy/security/performance settings and patches. Intrusive integrated addons including updater, crashreporter, and pocket are removed too.
After using it for some hours I can provide you my personal impressions.
it is already tweaked “out of the box” providing best security and privacy;
uBlock extension is already included and active;
default search engine is DuckDuckGo;
it is DeGoogled, Mozilla telemetry is disabled;
cookies and site data are deleted by default once the browser is closed;
it is based on latest Firefox stable version.
Firefox Sync is removed;
Pocket is removed;
there is no automatic update, you have to manually download the latest version of the browser;
some websites may not work properly due to hard privacy settings;
it is basically a tweaked version of Firefox, so you can achieve most of the security and privacy settings just working on Firefox options.
There are a lot of Chromium-clone browsers out there, but not much alternatives to Firefox.
LibreWolf is different since it is basically a tweaked Firefox with security and privacy in mind.
If you're looking for a second browser you may try LibreWolf.
Also people which are not technology enthusiasts or that simply don't want to loose much time changing Firefox settings can give a try to LibreWolf.
With Firefox 93 Mozilla has introduced sponsored suggestions that send your searches to Mozilla.
Actually this feature is currently available for a limited number of users in the US only.
If you're not willing to offer your search data you can easily disable this feature in “Settings” page of Firefox.
An easy how-to guide to do it is here.
I believe that keeping a blog is like an hobby.
You can spend some time writing about things you are interested about.
For sure there are people that transformed this hobby into a job (e.g. famous fashion bloggers, travel bloggers etc...) but for most of the bloggers it is just a funny activity.