Published on 2020-09-20:
Sometimes, we need a purge. A physical one most of the time, because we are running out of space, or because we need a mental break from the clutter. But in my case, I needed a digital purge from all the things and habits we accumulate through time. A digital downsizing.
Watching The Social Dilemma just escalated what I already knew: we need to step back from technology and its oppulence to achieve a better mental health.
- Abandonned reddit, even for reading only.
- Deleted my Google account (for the second time...).
- Crushed many other investment, insurance, whatever accounts.
- Cleared my list of saved passwords.
- Reduced the number of apps on the distracting smartphone.
- Simplified my personal file folders to focus on what is really important (books, php coding, personal finances).
- Stopped using the reading list in Safari to fill a void with unread articles.
- Blocked all comments on websites using an extension. This is probably the best thing I have done in years. Shut Up is incredibly useful.
- Modified toolbars of many applications on the Mac to declutter useless buttons and functions.
- Reduced the numbers of books to be read and books kepts in file as archives.
- Cleaned my emails from old emails. If something needs to be archived, I saved a PDF of it. But it's rarely the case.
- Deleted a bunch of contacts that were expired, irrelevant, no longer needed.
- Switched from Google to DuckDuckGo for more privacy.
- Increased security on all my accounts by using 2FA (2 factors authentification) and by changing passwords.
Looking back at the archives of my blog, I can see that already in 2012
, I was concerned about losing control of the content I see. Around the same time
, I was against the anormality when you are not part of social medias. And more recently
, I was asking a long question about why those platforms became so popular.
To get more information and tools on how to keep your digital life private, PrivacyTools
is a great place to start.