Articles by That One Privacy Guy

That One Privacy Guy

I started researching data about VPN services for my own knowledge, then posted the information online in the hopes the Internet might find my work useful for themselves. Through the positive feedback and assistance those in the community offered, I’ve been able to take this step into compiling all of my related work in one location and moving away from the Google Spreadsheet that it was originally created on.

Announcement: That One Privacy Site Merges with SafetyDetectives
Announcement: That One Privacy Site Merges with SafetyDetectives
As those of you who have followed this journey from the beginning know, I started TOPS because I wanted to take back my privacy, and I’ve always wanted to help others do the same. I knew I had to dig deep and do my own resea...
That One Privacy Guy by That One Privacy Guy November 2, 2020
Transparency Regarding Donations
Transparency Regarding Donations
Hey all, I just wanted to take a second to let you know about a recent donation I received. This morning I woke up to find a $200 donation from a certain VPN company. The donation notice didn’t contain any message or expecta...
That One Privacy Guy by That One Privacy Guy November 2, 2020
Email Comparison by That One Privacy Guy
Email Comparison by That One Privacy Guy
Welcome to the Email Comparison! This section is meant to be a resource for anyone who values their privacy and is looking for real information about email services (that isn’t disguised advertising). As my VPN project grew,...
That One Privacy Guy by That One Privacy Guy November 2, 2020
A Belated April Fools Day Joke: SIMPs for Safety
A Belated April Fools Day Joke: SIMPs for Safety
Some Background: I originally wrote the below blog post intending to use it as an April Fools Day Joke.  When I showed it to a couple of people to read it early, I got feedback that it would be too subtle and could go over th...
That One Privacy Guy by That One Privacy Guy September 7, 2020
The Next Big Step(s) for That One Privacy Site
The Next Big Step(s) for That One Privacy Site
Written Dec 6, 2018 A few years ago, my desire for privacy grew and I started trying to change my digital habits. During this transformation, I discovered the need to opt out of unlawful mass surveillance using such tools as encry...
That One Privacy Guy by That One Privacy Guy September 7, 2020
So You Want to Take Back Your Privacy
So You Want to Take Back Your Privacy
Written January 22, 2019 Many of you may not be aware of this That One Privacy Site’s origin.  For those who aren’t: a few years ago I got serious about my privacy and while moving away from proprietary software...
That One Privacy Guy by That One Privacy Guy September 7, 2020
How to Loosen the Noose of Anti-Privacy Tech Companies
How to Loosen the Noose of Anti-Privacy Tech Companies

Recently, companies like Facebook and Google have been seeing an increase in scrutiny.  Such companies thrive on the ability to collect and sell their users’ data, and fear the spotlight being shined on them – as it poses a risk to their operations.  At this point, enough light has been shined that anyone paying attention with half a sense of privacy turn 180 degrees from them and run the other direction.  The point of me writing this isn’t to list off the countless ways that these companies abuse their users (I hesitate to say customers), but rather to explain how YOU can help influence change in the technological landscape, at least in time.

That One Privacy Guy by That One Privacy Guy September 7, 2020
Visualizing Privacy and Trust in the Digital Age
Visualizing Privacy and Trust in the Digital Age
We live in a complicated world.  The rapid advancement of electronics and computerized tools is matched only by our reliance on them.  These tools bring with them faster and (in theory) more secure methods of communica...
That One Privacy Guy by That One Privacy Guy September 7, 2020
The Plan for TOPS Going Forward - Some New Announcements
The Plan for TOPS Going Forward - Some New Announcements
Hello, everyone!  As you may or may not have seen recently, my inability to keep things as updated as I’d like caused some confusion and even a little panic (sheesh) – but if nothing else, it did serve as a bit of...
That One Privacy Guy by That One Privacy Guy September 7, 2020
PayPal is a Kafkaesque Nightmare
PayPal is a Kafkaesque Nightmare
“Hey, TOPG, what the heck?  You’ve been off the radar for a couple of months, when’s the next review?”  Quick version – “Life has been hectic (in part due to what you’ll read bel...
That One Privacy Guy by That One Privacy Guy September 7, 2020