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November 26th, 2021

Step 1. Create a Njalla Account

Njalla is a “privacy-aware” domain registrar. Using a traditional domain registrar like GoDaddy to buy a domain like thisismyprivatewebsite.com requires that you provide your “name, address, telephone number, date of birth, email address, billing and payment information, and other data collected that could directly or indirectly identify you.” 😬

It doesn’t help that when we give out our personal information it always seems to get hacked. When you use Njalla, none of that applies. All you need is cryptocurrency. Go to their site and create an account.

Public website: https://njal.la/

0xf4A3
November 24th, 2021

Originally Posted June 20, 2021

Modern phone cameras are amazing. Shallow depth of field, wide-angle, nighttime photography... 🤤 For CalyxOS users, the camera that ships by default isn't the camera that you'd find on stock Android. Users that want the most up-to-date Google Camera app will need to download it from APKMirror.

Demo of limiting the internet access of Google Camera
Demo of limiting the internet access of Google Camera

For people concerned about the privacy impacts of Google gathering metadata about their photos, the team at The Calyx Institute recently shipped the Datura Firewall, an app that allows users to control how individual apps connect to the internet. Options for background access, wifi, mobile, and VPN data are all controllable by the user. So you can now benefit from the Google Camera features without sending any information back to Google!

0xf4A3
November 24th, 2021

Originally Posted June 27, 2021

I like to tinker with Raspberry Pis - small, inexpensive, and powerful computers that run Linux. One of my favorite projects is from Adafruit, written in the wake of the Snowden disclosures in 2013: a Tor-powered wifi hotspot. Since then, the teams at The Guardian Project & The Calyx Institute took that idea, simplified the heck out of it, and brought it to the phone. We'll walk through how to set it up on CalyxOS.

Demo of setting up a Tor hotspot
Demo of setting up a Tor hotspot
0xf4A3
November 22nd, 2021

Creating an onion website is private, free, and can be deployed easier than a traditional domain. Follow the steps below and eliminate the need to purchase a domain and add-ons (like domain privacy), configure your web hosting, or provide personal and financial data to yet another vulnerable company.

Step 1: Setup Raspberry Pi

First, you should have an operational Raspberry Pi running a Debian-based OS. I used Raspbian via the Raspberry Pi Imager.

Raspberry Pi Imager
Raspberry Pi Imager