Say you make an account without a phone number via firefox (no vpn) then you only use it via Twidere X

Elbullazul
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Twitter still knows who you follow and can track the interests of that account. They may also get your approx. location based on your IP address.

To increase privacy, don’t use your real name or main email address to create the account.

Mika :D
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Hey, bastante piola ver a otro Chileno acá :D (Aunque soy del Colo btw)

Elbullazul
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Encantado compadre, en una de esas partimos una comundad para los chilenos de Lemmy…

@Wild
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So it’ll get the same info that Reddit kinda have on me? Like interests and likes and so on

Maybe I should use a VPN.

Elbullazul
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Yes, probably very similar info to what reddit collects.

To mask your location, a VPN is OK as long as the provider is trustworthy.

For Android, you could also use Fritter from F-Droid, which doesn’t require a Twitter account

@Wild
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I know about Fritter and Nitter but I actually want an account so I thought Twidere would be better than PWA because twitter this way won’t get data about my hardware or be able to fingerprint me (I think)

@Lunacy
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Twidere it’s not a front end like nitter.net, which means you’re connected with twitter the whole time. They know how much time you spent on Twitter, what profile you visited, your “like”, your retweet etc. Therefore, you won’t improve your privacy using twidere. Instead, using a different client means you have to trust another party, so now you have to trust twitter AND twidere.

Ideally, a good idea would using twitter as PWA using your browser. The website requires less permissions.

During the sign up process there are some steps you could do in order to improve your privacy and security, such as;

  • use an alias email, instead of your original e-mail. There some sites who offer this service like simplelogin.io.
  • use a long and unique password and then store it in a password manager like keepass or bitwarden.
  • enable 2FA using an authenticator app like Aegis.
  • don’t put personal information like your real name, your address, your location, a PFP with your face etc.

In the end, it’s up to you. You have to know your user case and threat model and then act accordingly.

@Wild
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Twidere

I know it isn’t a front end but what’s wrong with trusting it? It’s FOSS

@Lunacy
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I’m not saying you shouldn’t using, it’s up to you. If you trust it then go for it.

In reality, FOSS its not equal to neither privacy and security, that is just a misconception. If you use a software you have to fully trust the author(s)/devolper(s). Any software can contain malicious parts intentionally or unintentionally.

Just because a software is FOSS doesn’t means that has been audited thus is safe to use. Actually, very few people read open source software that have any of the required skills. Even if they do there are even competitions dedicated to fooling said skilled people.

FOSS is a freedom thing, which I personally endorse from my very core.

@Wild
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Yeah I agree, here’s my reasoning behind why I wanna use an app instead of the PWA version

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