WAIT! Don't give us your email address. You shouldn't trust us with it. In fact, you shouldn't really trust anyone with it. What if we send you spam? What if we sell it to other companies? What if our servers get hacked and your data stolen? We won't actually do any of those things, but you should still protect your address on the odd chance. Conveniently, this is one of the things we teach in our course. Here is the extract from day 4:

How to protect your email address:

In this tutorial, we're going to make use of email aliases in order to protect our personal email. Email aliases are intermediaries that protect our identity. Instead of sharing our personal email, we share the alias, and any email sent to the alias is automatically forwarded to our personal email. If we don't want to receive emails to the alias anymore, it can be disabled with one click. Here's how to get started:

  1. Go to simplelogin.io, click "Sign up", and create an account. Use your real email. They take many steps to ensure that your data is safe. Make sure to choose a secure password too.
  2. Go check your email and click the validation link in the message they just sent you.
  3. You'll be redirected to their dashboard. Go through their mini-tutorial or skip it.
  4. There should be one pre-created email alias from hi@simplelogin.io in the dashboard. Click the toggle to disable it, so you won't receive their newsletter.
    SimpleLogin dashboard
  5. Then click the "Random Alias" button. That's it, you just created your first alias!
  6. Click to copy your new alias, and use it to subscribe to our email course :)

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    What is this course?

    This is an online privacy course. It explains how to protect your personal data from an increasingly data-hungry world. We designed it with our non-tech-savvy friends in mind. It's split up over 7 days; each day you'll receive a new email containing easily digestible and actionable content. By the end of the week, you'll have your own personal privacy stack up and running.

    What will I learn?

    • Day 1: Basics as well as tips and tricks of online privacy
    • Day 2: How to hide your online activity from all those who are looking
    • Day 3: How to secure online accounts
    • Day 4: How to communicate with the world while maintaining your privacy
    • Day 5: How to online shop while maintaining your privacy
    • Day 6: How to be productive while maintaining your privacy
    • Day 7: How to use social media while maintaining your privacy

    Who is this for?

    • Frequent web users who understand that their data privacy isn't respected, but don't know how to protect themselves
    • No technical skills needed

    Who is this not for?

    • Privacy afficionados who need anonymity at all costs
    • People who are looking to engage in illegal activities
    • People who want to learn about cyber security

    How much does it cost?

    $0. It's free. And no there's no catch. We won't misuse your data. We benefit by having a few affiliate links throughout the course, who'll pay us if you decide to use their services. That's all!

    Why is it an email course and not a blog post or ebook?

    We actually thought of writing it as an ebook first, but then realized it would be too much information in one setting. It's human to feel overwhelmed when the task in front of us is too big. So we decided to split it into smaller tasks. In addition, by making it a challenge, we make it a game that's more fun to complete. It's not fair that, today, the only people who get to enjoy data privacy are the ones who feel so strongly about it that they're ready to do anything. So we think we should do whatever we can do to empower as many people as possible to reclaim their privacy!

    What do I need to complete this challenge?

    You'll just need whichever device you use to browse the internet (eg: your computer, your phone, or tablet). Completing each challenge requires about 30 minutes per day.

    How are daily challenges structured?

    Each day, we'll tackle a different privacy risk and how to fix it. To do that, we'll recommend tools for you to set up, and take you through the steps to do so. We'll recommend free tools as well as paid ones. The free tools are great for average online users just looking to increase their privacy, while the paid ones might be better for heavier internet users or people who want to take their privacy a step further. We understand how choice can be a curse and therefore made the decision to recommend at most one free and one paid tool per category. Our goal is to be as informative, practical and action-oriented as possible.

    Are you going to spam me if I give you my email?

    Absolutely not. This is the kind of practices that we hate and led us to creating this course. These are the emails you'll receive if you sign up: an address verification email, a welcome email, seven challenge emails, and then a final, goodbye email. After that, we'll delete your address from our database. If you don't like what we're sending you can decide to unsubscribe at any time. Simple as that!

    Why did you create this course?

    When Equifax, one of the companies that process our credit information, got hacked, we became furious. First, we're not given a choice whether we want to opt into the credit system. Second, Equifax makes money by reselling our data. Third, because of their negligence, our personal data, including name and social security number, got leaked to hackers. That's not right! It was a real wake up call, and we decided to act.

    It didn't happen overnight. We spent hundreds of hours researching how to improve our personal privacy. We sifted through lots of technical information to understand our options. We read blogs, watched video tutorials, read books, and tried dozens of apps to find the best.

    We didn't want to have to sacrifice convenience for privacy. We also didn't want to have to spend hours every week on maintenance, nor did we want to have to remember complex systems. And after months and months of trial and error, we realized we finally had a collection of apps, a "stack", that made sense.

    A few friends asked us about it and found it super useful. And so we thought, why not share it with the world? And so this course was born!

    Who are you? Can I trust your advice?

    We are not security or privacy experts, and we don't claim to be. Our recommendations come from solving those same problems for ourselves, as well as spending many hours researching the topics online. While these solutions might not embody the apex of online privacy, we've chosen them because we think they represent a good compromise between privacy and convenience, and will work for most people. However we do welcome any feedback on how to make them stronger.

    Sometimes we use affiliate links. However we make our recommendations unbiased; the paid services we recommend are the ones we have been using ourselves for some time. We were not paid or influenced by any company to promote their products.

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