Must Read: Targeted Advertising Is Ruining the Internet and Breaking the World

Lately, I have announced in my German Blog to quit using Facebook and Instagram. I have switched from Android to iOS. And my Company will be switching to iOS and Macs as well.

Reason for that is Googles and Facebooks ongoing hunt for personal information, ignorance of Privacy and their business model to serve you targeted ads. Its not them alone, though! I for myself decided not to help them in doing so and I just found a wonderful article which summarizes the problem way better then I would be able to.

So, I urge you to head over to https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwjden/targeted-advertising-is-ruining-the-internet-and-breaking-the-world.

Read that article. Understand the message. Understand the consequences. And act. Even the smallest change in your behaviour, the decision to buy a pricey (or an used) iPhone next time or to install an Ad-blocking tool could change the world a little bit.

Read. Understand. Act.

Kauflust (V): iPhone Xs Max

I regularly change my telephones, usually around September, latest in October, I switch to an iPhone, since the new models for the upcoming season are presented in that time frame. But this time, things are a little different. And this has little to do with size and features and much with one other aspect many people tend to ignore.

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Try something

My girlfriend asked me this afternoon, how to log out of the official Twitter App for Android. Turned out, it was very well hidden, since they – of course – don’t want you to ever log out of it.

This made me think of the way I personally use these apps (Twitter, LinkedIn, XING, Facebook) and why I always should remain logged in there and if it wouldn’t make sense to actually uninstall them and use a browser instead.

Well, I did so. I installed Firefox Focus (Firefox Klar as it is called here in the DACH-Region), navigated to these sites, added Homescreen Shortcuts and uninstalled or at least cleared the memory of the social media apps.

Frankly, it is a little bit more work to log in into the mobile websites all the time (which one could circumvent using something like LastPass) and the Firefox Focus Icons look very dull, but it feels right since every time I close the website, all cookies get erased. This prevents my privacy outside these networks and helps keeping my mobile devices fast.

Feels good so far, let’s see, how long I will remain committed to this experiment.