Tutanota DDoS: Should We Keep Faith With The Privacy-Protected Email Concept?

Popzazzle | Monday, 21 September 2020 |

"I think we should expect true privacy resources to encounter problems, and to encompass some inconvenience - because that's how real privacy commitment rolls."

Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash

Article by Bob Leggitt
© @PlanetBotch

After a sustained bout of disruptive DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks on the encrypted email provider Tutanota last week, questions are being asked about the reliability of such services. Although there's little doubt about the trust factor of the privacy-committed email services themselves, any interruption to access is a concern. So even if the access interruptions are the doing of malicious third parties, they can still damage a service's aura of reliability, and thus its trustworthiness.


Tutanota is not the only private email service to have suffered persistent DDoS attacks. ProtonMail has also been subjected to two such successful assault campaigns, dating back to 2015, and 2018.

So why are these services targeted? Are the authorities trying to take them down in order to stop secret, subversive messaging? Is Silicon Valley organising against them because it fears losing its grip on the data-mining gravy train?

How To Create Twitter Follow Feeds Without Logging In

Popzazzle | Saturday, 19 September 2020 |

"This is the option that's a bit like reading the contents of people's notifications inbox."

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Article by Bob Leggitt
© @PlanetBotch

Just below, there's a Feed-Builder app, which enables you to create Twitter feeds without logging in or having an account.

So that the app is easily accessible near the top of the page, I've placed the full details beneath it. Here's the quick guide. Please see below the app for more...


To compile a feed, enter a username of your choice. Hit "Add Another" each time you want to enter an additional account. You can enter up to 12 usernames. Once you have your username list, move down to the "FEED TYPE" section, and hit the button of your choice. You can then bookmark the feed to see updates anytime you wish.

FlashPeak Slimjet Browser - An Unsung Gem?

Popzazzle | Tuesday, 25 August 2020 |

A really excellent and rather bold idea. I doubt Google very much approves of it...

Slimjet can use Chrome themes from the Chrome Store. But it's much more than a pretty face...

Article by Bob Leggitt
© @PlanetBotch

If you haven't run into the Slimjet browser before, you're in the majority. The world of web browsers delves deep into many enclaves - some of which are tiny, and highly specialised. Slimjet is actually big compared with some of the really obscure browsers, but it's still not a mainstream name.

In this post I'm going to explain why you should try Slimjet. If you like Chrome, but want something more orientated towards privacy, Slimjet could prove a great choice.

But before I go further, I should stress that there are a couple of conditions to this. One, YOU NEED TO SWITCH OFF EVERYTHING IN THE "SYNC AND GOOGLE SERVICES" TAB. And two, you need to run the Chromium NULL trick to disable data harvesting by the Omnibox search engine. Once you've done that, Slimjet has the makings of a great browsing regime.

Is Brave Browser Really a Good Privacy Option?

Popzazzle | Sunday, 23 August 2020 |

I'd rank Brave higher than Firefox in terms of privacy provision. For a start it comes with almost infinitely better native control of JavaScript.

Brave Browser has its own Tor window, which facilitates true private browsing in "incognito" mode.

Article by Bob Leggitt
© @PlanetBotch

Data is, so they say, the new oil, and the desperation for it across the web has turned once optional data-harvesting processes into regimes of force.

Internet browsers are now firmly on that bandwagon. Omniboxes or Omnibars routinely send data to search providers. Telemetry and user-profiling are engaged even on the privacy-advocate's one-time fave Firefox... And as for Chrome's trick of sneakily signing the actual browser into your Google account... Don't even get me started...

There are precious few stories of all-round browsers heading back in the other direction to restore good privacy. The story of Brave is one of the few, but it's a browser I found very hard to take seriously, prior to trying it.

This year, however, I did finally try out Brave, and I'm going to document what I found. How does Brave compare with its contemporaries, privacy wise? Is it the saviour of online privacy, or is it just some same old, same old hack-up hiding behind a pile of empty spin?

Will Google Cancel Search Engine Optimisation?

Popzazzle | Wednesday, 19 August 2020 |

It should not be possible, in the 2020s, for PR companies who have nothing to do with writing content, to increase the visibility of that content in the web search results. SEO, has to go.

Article by Bob Leggitt
© @PlanetBotch

Never does a day go by without some privileged and entitled soul on social media bitterly complaining about being “cancelled”. Stripped of their vast priority status and dumped into the mosh pit of desperate attention-begging with everyone else. After years of being idolised, they issue a monumentally bigoted comment, and the public suddenly wonders why this horrible, self-serving manipulator ever gained such affection in the first place.

Through the window left by the de-throned “influencer”, the public now sees better people, and thinks: why couldn’t we find this altogether more pleasant and giving world before?

The answer? It’s human nature to take whatever first appears in view. We’re lazy. We’re not going to spend time looking harder when we think we’ve already found the best of what’s available.

And it’s the same with search engines. We assume that the top results in a web search are going to be the best results, and we accept them, because why bother to go any deeper if the best comes up at the top?

How to Find the WP.ME Shortened HOMEPAGE Link For Your WordPress.com Site

Popzazzle | Tuesday, 30 June 2020 |

No matter how much WordPress mess about with or switch their editors, you'll still have a route to all of your shortlinks.

Article by Bob Leggitt
© @PlanetBotch

WordPress homepage

So you know how to find the wp.me shortlinks for your WordPress.com post and static pages, but how do you find the shortlink for your homepage? Does your homepage even have a shortlink?...

The One Check You Should Make Before Unfollowing Inactive Twitter Users

Popzazzle | Wednesday, 26 February 2020 |

Adding one extra step into your Twitter unfollow process will allow you to see which "inactives" really are inactive.

Article by Bob Leggitt
© @PlanetBotch

Did you know that most of the users Twitter unfollow apps report as "inactive" have definitely accessed their Twitter account within the past few days, and probably log in every single day? Well, you do now.

But how did I know that? Or perhaps more intriguingly, why don't the apps know that?

Having checked the Likes pages of everyone on the app's "inactives" list, I was astounded with the results.

I'm going to explain how I found out in the course of this post, but the reason the apps don't know, is that app developers always use the date of the most recent tweet or retweet as an indicator of when an account holder was last on Twitter. The problem is, most people don't tweet or retweet every single time they log into Twitter. Which means the date of the last tweet/RT is near useless as a guide to an account holder's most recent activity.