Kev Quirk

How Online Tracking Works

With the numerous Facebook snafu's going around, as well the feeling that new data breaches are being reported daily, privacy is currently top of mind in the tech world. For many, privacy equates to advertising, cookies and tracking, but it's so much more than those three things alone. Having said t...

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Commento - The Privacy Respecting Commenting System

Regular readers of this blog will know that I recently migrated from WordPress to Grav. One of the things I was really concerned about when migrating was the comments, as the WordPress commenting system is really good.

I didn't want to go back to Disqus because of a number of privacy and securi...

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Privacy vs “I have nothing to hide”

I wrote an article a while ago about why I’m ditching Android. That article got numerous comments asking why I was so concerned about privacy and asking what I have to hide.

I want to take some time in this article to explain why each and every one of us has something to hide and should probably...

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Building My Home Server

I recently wrote about how I nearly lost all my data. Honestly, it was a blessing in disguise as I now have a far more powerful and capable server to store and backup my data.

After a tonne of research and a few trips to the post office to return hardware, I think I now have a setup that I’m hap...

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Ditching Android – 6 Weeks On

Around 6 weeks ago I decided I was ditching Android in favour of iOS. I bought myself a cheap iPhone SE and set about migrating from Android. I don’t really want to drag this out, but I did promise in the last article that I would provide an update, so here it is.

Long story short, I’m really en...

De-Googling Smartphone Privacy

Why I’m Ditching Android

Regular readers of this blog will know that I went through a process of de-Googling my life a while ago. For the most part I think the process was pretty successful, however there were some things that I couldn’t replace.

Fast forward a year, and after a lot of trial and error I’m ready to now...

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De-Googling My Life – 6 Months On

It has been 6 months since I decided to de-Google my life, so I thought I would do an update post to let you guys know how I’m getting on, what’s changed since my last de-Googling post, and most importantly, have I gone back to the big blue G?

Now I know every single one of you read every...

De-Googling Privacy

Why HTTPS Is Important

You may have heard of Let’s Encrypt, the free certificate authority who are hell-bent on getting HTTPS everywhere. But why is that little green padlock in your browser so important? Let’s take a look…

What Is HTTPS?

I suppose a good place to start would be telling you guys what HTTPS actually...

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De-Googling My Life 06 – What I Can’t Replace

The process of de-Googling my life has now come to end, and I’m pretty happy with the results. However, we all know that Google pretty much runs the Internet, and although I have managed to escape the clutches of Google in many ways, there are some Google services that are simply not feasible for...

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De-Googling My Life 05 – Gmail

Ok guys, it’s time. Let’s be honest, this is the article in the series you have all been waiting for. Gmail is a goner!

This was by far the most difficult part of the whole process, as I am heavily reliant on Gmail. Not just for email, but also for my calendar and contacts.

I know Gmail, Goo...

De-Googling Privacy