Pranav's Viewpoint

Get a new perspective on old topics.
How to Communicate During a Crisis?

Using private and encrypted communications during a crisis can protect people from abuse and even life-threatening situations, but only a few apps and services can withstand internet censorship and shutdowns. Let's explore how traditional apps and services fall apart and the best replacements for them.

Published on 08 Oct 2022
7 min to read

Bound to Unbound - Navigating the Digital Realm

Freedom is fundamental, but it is declining in the digital space and the physical world. With everything going online, it is crucial to take measures and guide others before your useless memes determine what you are allowed to do in real life. I am sharing my digital setup and I hope it will inspire you.

Published on 12 Jul 2022 - Updated on 30 Jul 2022
10 min to read

How to Encrypt Emails Without PGP or GPG Keys?

Password protected emails is one of the new ways to combat automated surveillance, but they are not easy to use. Read how a zero knowledge paste bin would make password protected emails easy.

Published on 08 May 2022 - Updated on 31 May 2022
6 min to read

Browse Social Media Without the Tracking

Stop social media from tracking how much time you spend on an app, which posts you like/comment on, how long you watch videos, or how long you stare at your favourite pet.

Published on 27 Mar 2022 - Updated on 05 May 2022
8 min to read

How to Protect your Email?

Email, as important as it is, is also the most vulnerable. In terms of security, data privacy, metadata, profiling, and identification, it is worse than any other communication channel.

Published on 27 Feb 2022 - Updated on 29 Jul 2022
5 min to read

Generating a Static Site with Jekyll

Jekyll is my choice because it claims to be “blog-aware”, offering features that will make it easier for us to maintain our code and keep the blog running smoothly.

Published on 06 Jan 2022 - Updated on 03 Jun 2022
5 min to read

Crafting a Minimal, Fast and yet a Feature-rich Blog

Thanks to the internet, people can build an identity that spans countries and continents, opening up new opportunities for you to work and interact with people you would never have met otherwise. Businesses, too, use blogs to establish a presence of their product or service, it also helps them develop a transparent relationship with customers and competitors.

Published on 24 Nov 2021 - Updated on 03 Jun 2022
3 min to read

Facebook isn't Filtering Photos, but Thoughts

Facebook's business model runs on collecting more and more data to profile people and show them highly personalized ads. This is totally contradicting to our right to privacy.

Published on 29 Oct 2021 - Updated on 02 Jun 2022
13 min to read

Designing an End-to-End Encrypted HTML Form Using OpenPGP.js

An end-to-end-encrypted contact will allow communications to stay between a sender and you. Email or form service providers would not understand the content of your messages. This solution can be used to handle sensitive communications but it can't get rid of the metadata.

Published on 01 Sep 2021 - Updated on 20 Jun 2022
12 min to read

A Simple and Effective Guide to Online Privacy

Most individuals are unaware that simple activities on the internet can have far-reaching consequences in the real world. Big internet companies have already invested millions in building server farms that run AI bots to monitor and analyze your emails, phone records, texts, and everything else you can think of.

Published on 17 Jul 2021 - Updated on 08 Jul 2022
7 min to read

Minimal Dashboard that Works Across Browsers (MinDash)

Meet MinDash. A personal, minimal dashboard that stores your bookmarks and allows you to search with multiple search engines. It can be deployed to the cloud or served from your device. It works across browsers and timezones.

Published on 05 Jun 2021 - Updated on 23 Jun 2022
2 min to read

Dark Patterns on the Internet

Dark patterns cause more harm than good! It not just the visuals that count but the whole experience of an app or a website. So, it's better to avoid incorporating dark patterns into your platform and instead improve the user's experience.

Published on 27 May 2021 - Updated on 24 May 2022
3 min to read

Self-Hosting a Privacy Respecting Analytics Solution

Big tech is collecting more and more data to keep their advertising business model make money while sacrificing user privacy. They analyze personal data from end-users of apps, websites, services that use their analytics.

Published on 04 May 2021 - Updated on 03 Jun 2022
5 min to read

Are We Really Made of Stardust?

We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff ~ Carl Sagan

Published on 25 Apr 2021
4 min to read

Automate Your Home With Raspberry Pi, MQTT and Home Assistant

I previously wrote a post on DIY Home automation with Node-Red, but the project was hosted in the cloud and the communications were dependent on the internet. So, I decided to completely rethink my design and came up with a practical solution that I use everyday.

Published on 05 Apr 2021 - Updated on 23 Mar 2022
10 min to read

What is the Tenet Movie About?

In the far future a scientist develops an Algorithm that can reverse an object's entropy and thus the object can the move backwards in time from our perspective but from the object's perspective it is still moving forward.

Published on 20 Mar 2021 - Updated on 18 Mar 2022
7 min to read

Importance of Digital Privacy

Whatsapp updated its privacy policy and people, scared about their data, are now switching apps to protect their data. But, do we understand what are we trying to protect? Let's explore why is Your data so important to other people.

Published on 10 Jan 2021 - Updated on 21 May 2022
8 min to read

The Reason For Your Sadness

You feel as if you want to give up on everything. You are unable to see a brighter future or appreciate what you already have. When you're in a terrible mood, your brain shuts down, and you can't ignore what others say about you, or you lose hope and believe you'll never be able to achieve your goals.

Published on 04 Dec 2020
3 min to read

Home Automation Using Node-Red and Heroku

Home, Office, Industrial Automation, and control using Node-Red, Heroku, MQTT, Raspberry Pi, other edge IoT devices (like esp8266, Arduino, etc.)

Published on 19 Nov 2020
4 min to read