J. R. Swab's Blog

VPNs Are Awesome (When Used Correctly) - Internet Service Providers can see the sites you visit, log them, sell them, or slow you down when using a specific website. All of this is the focus of net neutrality which may or may not be a good thing for the internet. I'll avoid my strong urge to blast my politically educated opinion on net neu... Categories: [Technology]

You Need Secure Chat Apps - Secure chat is a topic that I am always looking into because I believe we all have a right to privacy. Searching new apps that come onto the market to see if they have default encryption are open source and respect the users. Encrypting our chat does not mean we have something illegal to say or sh... Categories: [Technology]

Keep Your Email Private - I have several email addresses that claim to encrypt my data and even the email sent if the other user has an account with the same provider. All of them work well, but Tutanota is my favorite by far for many reasons. The main reason is its open source, and we all know how much I love open source so... Categories: [Technology]

Encryption and Quantum Computers - Encryption becomes more of a backbone to our daily lives with every passing moment but what will happen when quantum computers are the norm?

What is Encryption

Put simply, Encryption is taking information and scrambling it, so it becomes gibberish. Turning this scrambled mess back into readable... Categories: [Technology]

How To Make The Switch To Linux - So you know that Linux is a better system for privacy and security, has more customization features, and is lightweight compared to its other operating system candidates. The problem is that the leap of faith into Linux is a bit anxiety inducing since it can feel so much different than your current... Categories: [Technology]

Introduction To Vim - I began my VIM journey years ago after following a tutorial online for some obscure Linux function that said to open a configuration file in VIM. I then found out I had no idea how to do anything in this program. I could not type, only move the cursor. It seemed much too odd for me as a text edito... Categories: [Technology]

How To Create Your Own Cloud - I am an advocate for freedom and privacy. Since my nerd level is so high this leaks into my love of technology. You may not know this but I did not graduate with a degree in computer science. It was political science with a minor in music. Weird, yes. But technology has always been my passion an... Categories: [Technology]

Why You Need to Learn These Three Programming Languages - There are so many programming languages out there to pick from but how do we know what ones will benefit us the most? We could go off of total pay a particular language brings the average programmer, ease of use, or how efficient the execution of the code will be. What is more important than all of... Categories: [Technology]

Android Apps To Increase Privacy & Security - The news is littered with data leaks and abuse of data collection but what can we do now that we are all so connected and reliant on these devices? It's not always simple and not always intuitive, but it is possible with a few apps and a little bit of learning.

Keybase

We covered this app in dep... Categories: [Technology]

Web Browsers To Increase Privacy & Security - Web browsers are our gateway to the internet but with so many choices how do we know which is best for us? Being a big nerd, I tend to hop around from browser to browser looking for what fits me. I want the application to not get in the way of serving up pages while allowing me to customize the priv... Categories: [Technology]

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