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Welcome to Opt Out, where I sit down with passionate people to learn why privacy matters to them, the tools and techniques they’ve found and leveraged, and where we encourage and inspire others towards personal privacy and data-sovereignty.

Opt Out Seth For Privacy

    • Technology
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Welcome to Opt Out, where I sit down with passionate people to learn why privacy matters to them, the tools and techniques they’ve found and leveraged, and where we encourage and inspire others towards personal privacy and data-sovereignty.

    Sponsor Special w/ Viktor Vecsei from IVPN

    Sponsor Special w/ Viktor Vecsei from IVPN

    Wanting to find a solid VPN provider, but struggling to break through all of the marketing fluff and grandiose claims? This episode, we're sitting down with Viktor, a member of the IVPN team, the newest sponsor of Opt Out to discuss the ethos behind IVPN, their approach to providing privacy to users, and some of the history of IVPN.

    More about Viktor:
    Viktor's guest profile -- https://www.optoutpod.com/guests/viktor-vecsei/More about IVPN:
    Website -- https://www.ivpn.net/Twitter -- https://twitter.com/ivpnnetReddit -- https://www.reddit.com/r/IVPN/Do you need a VPN? -- https://www.doineedavpn.com/IVPN's ethics statement -- https://www.ivpn.net/ethics/The team behind IVPN -- https://www.ivpn.net/team/IVPN's privacy policy -- https://www.ivpn.net/privacy/IVPN privacy guides -- https://www.ivpn.net/privacy-guides/IVPN blog -- https://www.ivpn.net/blog/IVPN's Github -- https://github.com/ivpnOpt Out's Sponsors:
    Cake Wallet, an easy-to-use Monero mobile wallet -- https://www.optoutpod.com/sponsors/#sponsor-cake-walletLocalMonero, an excellent and privacy-preserving way to buy and sell Monero -- https://www.optoutpod.com/sponsors/#sponsor-localmoneroIVPN, an ethical, no-nonsense, non-logging VPN provider -- https://www.optoutpod.com/sponsors/#sponsor-ivpnSupporting Opt Out:
    Donations -- https://www.optoutpod.com/support/Reviews -- https://www.optoutpod.com/reviews/new/Share it with your friends, family, and other communities!

    • 43 min
    A Bitcoiner's journey towards privacy w/ BitcoinQnA

    A Bitcoiner's journey towards privacy w/ BitcoinQnA

    Wondering what drives normal people to focus on FOSS? This episode, we're sitting down with QnA to chat about his journey towards privacy through Bitcoin and the impact of FOSS along the way.

    More about QnA:
    QnA's guest profile -- https://www.optoutpod.com/guests/bitcoin-qna/QnA's full list of recommended tools -- https://bitcoiner.guide/toolkit/QnA's recommended tools to Opt Out:
    FOUNDATION devices, a FOSS-first company producing the Passport, a Bitcoin hardware wallet -- https://foundationdevices.com/Samourai Wallet, a privacy-preserving Android wallet -- https://samouraiwallet.com/Pop_OS!, an easy to use Linux OS -- https://pop.system76.com/StarLabs, a Linux-first laptop company -- https://starlabs.systems/Threema, an end-to-end encrypted messenger, similar to Signal -- https://threema.ch/en/Yunohost, a FOSS platform for simplified self-hosting -- https://yunohost.org/Matrix, the protocol -- https://matrix.org/Element, a cross-platform Matrix chat client -- https://element.ioMullvad, a well-known and non-logging VPN provider -- https://mullvad.net/en/This week's project to help you Opt Out - Pop_OS!:
    Website -- https://pop.system76.com/My episode with Jeremy Soller from System76 -- https://www.optoutpod.com/coreboot-foss-firmware-pop_os-and-system76-w-jeremy-soller-special/Opt Out's Sponsors:
    Cake Wallet, an easy to use Monero mobile wallet -- https://www.optoutpod.com/cakeLocalMonero, an excellent and privacy-preserving way to buy and sell Monero -- https://www.optoutpod.com/localmoneroIVPN, an ethical, no-nonsense, non-logging VPN provider -- https://www.optoutpod.com/ivpnSupporting Opt Out:
    Donations -- https://www.optoutpod.com/support/Reviews -- https://www.optoutpod.com/reviews/new/Share it with your friends, family, and other communities!

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Personal responsibility in privacy, FOSS funding models, and Bitcoin w/ Matt Odell

    Personal responsibility in privacy, FOSS funding models, and Bitcoin w/ Matt Odell

    Wondering why FOSS and privacy have become such a focus for Matt Odell and Citadel Dispatch, or wanting to learn more about FOSS in general? This episode, we're sitting down with Matt Odell for a bit of a different show where we focus on listener questions around FOSS, privacy, FOSS community ethos, and his journey towards privacy.

    More about Matt Odell:
    Matt Odell's guest profile -- https://www.optoutpod.com/guests/odell/Matt's podcast, Citadel Dispatch -- https://citadeldispatch.comMatt's recommended tools -- https://citadeldispatch.com/help/Matt Odell's recommended tools to Opt Out:
    CalyxOS, a privacy-centric de-Googled Android OS -- https://calyxos.org/Signal, an easy-to-use end-to-end encrypted messenger -- https://signal.org/Aegis OTP, a FOSS 2-factor Android app -- https://getaegis.app/Threema, an end-to-end encrypted messenger, similar to Signal -- https://threema.ch/en/Matrix, the protocol -- https://matrix.org/Element, a cross-platform Matrix chat client -- https://element.ioPop_OS!, an easy to use Linux OS -- https://pop.system76.com/System76, a Linux-first and FOSS-first hardware company -- https://system76.com/Tor browser, and easy to use anonymous web browser -- https://www.torproject.org/Samourai Wallet, a privacy-preserving Android wallet -- https://samouraiwallet.com/Sparrow wallet, a privacy-friendly and fully-featured desktop Bitcoin wallet -- https://sparrowwallet.com/Muun, a self-custody Bitcoin and Lightning wallet -- https://muun.com/F-Droid, an open-source-only Android app store -- https://f-droid.org/en/Tutanota, an encrypted email host -- https://tutanota.com/This week's project to help you Opt Out - Cryptpad:
    Website -- https://cryptpad.fr/Documentation -- https://docs.cryptpad.fr/en/Github -- https://github.com/xwiki-labs/cryptpadDonations -- https://opencollective.com/cryptpadMy public instance -- https://cryptpad.sethforprivacy.com/Opt Out's Sponsors:
    Cake Wallet, an easy to use Monero mobile wallet -- https://www.optoutpod.com/sponsors/#sponsor-cake-walletLocalMonero, an excellent and privacy-preserving way to buy and sell Monero -- https://www.optoutpod.com/sponsors/#sponsor-localmoneroSupporting Opt Out:
    Donations -- https://www.optoutpod.com/support/Reviews -- https://www.optoutpod.com/reviews/new/Share it with your friends, family, and other communities!

    • 2 hr 9 min
    Balancing privacy with mental health, plus second realms w/ j43

    Balancing privacy with mental health, plus second realms w/ j43

    Wondering how to find the right balance of privacy and convenience, or struggling with the mental strain of a journey towards personal privacy? This episode, we're sitting down with j43 to chat about the mental strain that can be caused by a journey towards privacy, and a deeper look at parallel economies or "second realms".

    More about j43:
    j43's guest profile -- https://www.optoutpod.com/guests/j43/j43's recommended ways to Opt Out:
    Use HTTPS only!Blocking trackers, at DNS/IP whenever possibleBlending into the noise, having a portion of your digital identity that looks more "normal" to corporations and 3rd partiesDYOR and find a good VPN provider that you trustDon't rely 100% on Tor for privacy aloneThis week's project to help you Opt Out - Nextcloud:
    Site -- https://nextcloud.com/Self-hosting -- https://nextcloud.com/install/#instructions-serverSelf-hosting via my Docker Compose project -- https://github.com/sethforprivacy/self-hosted-servicesSelf-hosting via Yunohost -- https://diverter.hostyourown.tools/uncle-jims-cloud/Davx for syncing calendar/contacts with mobile -- https://f-droid.org/en/packages/at.bitfire.davdroid/Opt Out's Sponsors:
    Cake Wallet, an easy to use Monero mobile wallet -- https://www.optoutpod.com/sponsors/#sponsor-cake-walletLocalMonero, an excellent and privacy-preserving way to buy and sell Monero -- https://www.optoutpod.com/sponsors/#sponsor-localmoneroSupporting Opt Out:
    Donations -- https://www.optoutpod.com/support/Reviews -- https://www.optoutpod.com/reviews/new/Share it with your friends, family, and other communities!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Global surveillance, VPNs, and Tor w/ Smuggler

    Global surveillance, VPNs, and Tor w/ Smuggler

    Wondering how global surveillance could realistically work, or how VPNs can play a role in your privacy? This episode, we're sitting down with Smuggler to chat about global surveillance, a realistic look at VPNs (and Tor!), and his journey as a cypherpunk.

    More about Smuggler:
    Smuggler's guest profile -- https://www.optoutpod.com/guests/smuggler/Cypherpunk Bitstream Podcast -- https://taz0.org/bitstream/Smuggler's blog -- https://opaque.link/Smuggler's paper on global surveillance -- https://opaque.link/post/2011-06-16-global-spying/Smuggler's recommended tools to Opt Out:
    CashGlasses and mask for physical privacyFace-to-face meetingsShipping containers as a Faraday cageVoice masking technologyThis week's project to help you Opt Out - Whoogle:
    Github -- https://github.com/benbusby/whoogle-searchMy instance: https://search.sethforprivacy.comMy instance on Tor: http://nuifgsnbb2mcyza74o7illtqmuaqbwu4flam3cdmsrnudwcmkqur37qd.onionSetting it as your primary search instance -- https://github.com/benbusby/whoogle-search#set-whoogle-as-your-primary-search-engineOpt Out's Sponsors:
    Cake Wallet, an easy to use Monero mobile wallet -- https://www.optoutpod.com/sponsors/#sponsor-cake-walletLocalMonero, an excellent and privacy-preserving way to buy and sell Monero -- https://www.optoutpod.com/sponsors/#sponsor-localmoneroSupporting Opt Out:
    Donations -- https://www.optoutpod.com/support/Reviews -- https://www.optoutpod.com/reviews/new/Share it with your friends, family, and other communities!

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Transitioning to Linux and CalyxOS w/ Chris Blec

    Transitioning to Linux and CalyxOS w/ Chris Blec

    NOTE: Apologies for the audio issues in this one, there was packet loss on Chris's side that only was apparent once we finished. If you have questions about a specific question please email me at seth@optoutpod.com or reach out on Twitter and I'll do my best to clarify it!

    Wondering what it's like to take the dive and switch to Linux and CalyxOS at once? How does the recent push for vaccine mandates impact our journey towards privacy? This episode, we're sitting down with Chris Blec to chat about his journey to Linux and CalyxOS, security and privacy in cryptocurrency, our thoughts on the privacy implications of vaccine mandates, and much more.

    More about Chris Blec:
    Chris Blec's guest profile -- https://www.optoutpod.com/guests/chris-blec/Defi Watch -- https://defiwatch.net/Proof of Decentralization podcast -- https://anchor.fm/proof-of-decentralizationChris Blec's recommended tools to Opt Out:
    Privacy.com, a payment card aliasing service -- https://privacy.com/Simple Login, an email aliasing service -- https://simplelogin.io/Catch-all email addresses via ProtonMail -- https://protonmail.com/support/knowledge-base/catch-all/This week's project to help you Opt Out - Teddit:
    Teddit -- https://teddit.netGit -- https://codeberg.org/teddit/tedditMy public Teddit instance -- https://teddit.sethforprivacy.comOpt Out's Sponsors:
    Cake Wallet, an easy to use Monero mobile wallet -- https://www.optoutpod.com/sponsors/#sponsor-cake-walletLocalMonero, an excellent and privacy-preserving way to buy and sell Monero -- https://www.optoutpod.com/sponsors/#sponsor-localmoneroSupporting Opt Out:
    Donations -- https://www.optoutpod.com/support/Reviews -- https://www.optoutpod.com/reviews/new/Share it with your friends, family, and other communities!

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

Anarchosalvo ,

Seth for privacy education ! Mic level up

Valuable interviews, information, and insights into tools I didn’t know exist. If you like tech lore podcast, this goes hand in hand. This is an interesting subject matter that everyday people think about, but don’t always speak about. [the mic levels are too low and should be turned up - Seth sounds like he is trying to have a private conversation in an office]

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