Disclaimer: This blog was written in frustration, the tone and
might offend some of you, but I guarantee you that it is NOT NSFW. But it's a bit political. I tried to
many accusations as possible here.
It's rather inconvenient when something that you use every day stops working
sudden. It's even more inconvenient when you know that it may never work again for you.
Then you start finding alternatives, hoping that you
will never have to switch from the new thing that you
Recently a handful of apps banned in India for “being
engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of the nation“
Banned apps list:
Clash of Kings
DU battery saver
Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
ES File Explorer
Viva Video – QU Video Inc
New Video Status
Cache Cleaner DU App studio
Hago Play With New Friends
Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
QQ Security Center
V fly Status Video
From this list of apps that were banned, I have used ES File explorer in the past, also played Mobile
and have tried Bigo Live for a couple of days and uninstalled it.
When I say past, I mean my young self who
everything that's famous is
cool and trendy!
ES wasn't bad before it got bought by another money hungry corporate and filled it with advertisements,
Mobile legends was a cool game for time pass until levelling up gets harder without purchasing stuff.
And "bigo live" was an eyesore.
I am glad for these apps to be removed from the public use, but they were
banned for the wrong
reason, a political move against China.
These banned list of apps are a threat to all of its users and their privacy. People make a nation, and
threat to the
people ARE what defines a threat for the nation. Threat to peoples privacy risk privacy of the nation.
But, there are tons more of apps in the store which are even more troublesome. Which tracks your daily
(I stopped adding links after a while,
you can search them on your own and update this list, it's not hard to find news on these).
what does your family do?
when do you visit them?
where do they live?
what did you study?
what do you watch and listen to?
who is your crush?
who is your sister?
where does she stay?
what does she want to buy for you on your birthday?
whom do you hate?
what political stands do you have?
DO YOU YELL A LOT in comments for no reason?
These and more are the data being collected by the apps that you use daily, every service that you use has answer for at least one of these
All of it combined can provide a detailed profile of you that even you didn't know of.
And all of them are connected in ways that a normal user is not
or even thought
Don't take my word for it, install a script blocker like noscript, go to your favorite websites,
even banking websites and check the scripts being blocked (and
allowed). The horrible trio
and Amazon) analytics can be found everywhere! And there will be more unnecessory ads+tracking embedded to
People who know about it said “Company X knows everything about
and it became a meme,
others laughs about it and moved on without realizing how much of their privacy is at stake.
Making a website with VanilaJS is
not hard (look at this website source code for example).
Web development is my primary job, I do a good enough job of it without using all the bloted non-free
scripts that consumes your bandwidth and privacy.
If I say “privacy“ most people would say ,
you forget that when a company sell your info, it can also go to
anyone, including their
government and it could also be yours.
Usually the cover up for this massive threat is the sentence “As
Now people are worried when a Chinese app has a similar sentence in their policy. But isn't it the same
almost every other service that you use? And how many of you have realized that?
I am attempting to put and end to this, and there are millions of others with the same thought process as
To avoid a privacy leak of you, your family, your neighborhood, AND your nation, what you can do is very
You don't have to rebel against anything. You don't have to go on a riot and throw everything into flames,
don't have to blame the current or previous government,
before installing anything to your system, before browsing your favorite shopping site, go to https://alternativeto.net
search for that privacy invasive program, filter it by open-source and the device that you use. Free and Open
source software (Free as in freedom) will not be able to collect your data.
Because the source code is public, and anyone can verify any malicious code going into it. I like this
“Dance like no one's watching. Encrypt like everyone is!“, which
ONLY be achieved by a
Free and Open-Source Software.
There are other sites like privacytools.io which is
by the community for the community for enhanced
privacy of all.
Once you start using them, spread the word like the same way you
to. you might find your
life to be a bit peaceful one you get rid of proprietary software and services.
My real name is Rahul S.
Also known as Coding Otaku on the web.
I am a Full Stack Web Developer and I adore
and the use of Vanilla programming languages in this buzzword filled era!