Wikipedia Founder Tells Everyone to “Stop Using Chrome” & Switch to Brave Browser Just Like Him
The likes of “Why you should stop using Chrome,” or to make a switch among other similar topics are spread all over the internet and now the latest member of this group is Larry Sanger.
Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger’s New Year resolution has been to lock down his cyber life which he shared in his blog,
“How I'm locking down my cyber-life,”
in early January.
This step has been taken by Sanger due to two reasons. The first one was because his phone was hacked and his Google ID reset, the second one is because Silicon Valley behemoths include
“so-called FAANG companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google)” along with YouTube, Twitter, and Microsoft that have moved to “viewpoint censorship of conservatives and libertarians.”
He talks about how the threat to privacy undermines the basic principles of “decentralized Internet.” What was once a centerless, privacy-respecting phenomenon has turned into something “centralized, invasive, risky, and controlling.”
His motivation is to try to take himself out of the hands of these networks and “kick the tech giants” out of his life.
Make The Switch To Brave Browser
“There’s absolutely no need to use Chrome for anything but testing,”
says Sanger and that's why one of the actions involved in mitigating his risks is “Stop using Chrome,” which he doesn’t use anymore as, through its browser, Google collects a massive amount of info from us.
As an alternative solution, he tried out Firefox but hasn’t been “happy” about that and has now switched to Firefox co-creator Brendan Eich’s new creation Brave.
“I’ve had a much better experience using it lately than I had when I first tried it a year or two ago and when it was still on the bleeding edge. Brave automatically blocks ads, trackers, third-party cookies, encrypts your connections—and, unlike Google, they don’t have a profile about you. It’s quite good and a pleasure to use,”
said Sanger about his experience of using Brave Browser.
Though he says, there might be a few issues but overall it works best for him and the Brave iOS app, he says, is
“really nice, too.”
“You’re not the product,” as aptly said by Sanger means unlike Google, Brave and DuckDuckGo respect your privacy and one can just go to the browser Settings page and switch that provide with “surprisingly” good search results as well.
But still, websites can get some info about you from your IP address. VPNs are the solutions for this that makes your connection to the Internet anonymous, however, it has its own problems in the way that it slow down your Internet connection.
But if you are serious about your privacy, this is the way to go and
“a nice fallback is the built-in private windows in Brave that are run on the Tor network, which operates on a similar principle to VPNs,”
He further talks about a few more steps that you can take such as stop using iCloud to sync your iPhone data with your desktop and laptop data; replace it with wi-fi sync, stop using gcal, switch to Linux, stop using cloud storage, get identity theft protection, study the privacy of other categories of data and make use of website/service/device privacy options, and nail down a backup plan, a way to counteract the risks to your privacy.