Recently, CloudFare launched a public DNS service that they position as a “privacy-first Consumer DNS service”. And that got me thinking about how much information and data we are leaking through DNS queries and what that does to our privacy.
I have been using an Android phone for about 6 years now. I have been using GNU/Linux exclusively since 1998. Hence, the desire to have a phone that provided me with the same freedom and flexibility has been very strong.
Unfortunately, a few months back I realised how I had accepted a life where I could have complete freedom and privacy on my computer but was content with having almost none on my phone. I was surprised at how I was ready to tolerate proprietary software (and evil practices) on my phone when I would never install or use such software on my computer.
This is an account of that introspection and my reasons to take various steps to have more freedom and privacy while still using Android on my phone.