Re: Liberal splashings of snake oil
Point 1: I can generate aliases on the fly for my email system, so any email address I give out is in supplier+code@specifically_set_up_domain.com format. The result is that any mass marketing leak instantly and provably points at the perpetrator.
Point 2: I NEVER use a contactless card, nor does mine have a mag swipe that is worth cloning. With Revolut, you can disable both, and I worked on research that allowed us to read a contactless card from some 10m distance (in the lab, which means it's not impossible to hit 3..4m in the real world). I have one throwaway for small, untrusted purchases, a major one for big/trusted real world purchases, a virtual one for electronic subscriptions and I use virtual cards for anything else on the principle that they won't be a problem when they leak (they change every purchase).
Point 3: I aggressively filter out trackers and presence beacons in my web browsing, and that includes stripping tracker features from incoming URLs and some 127.0.0.1 redirects in a hosts file (but that only works properly because I never surf on my phone).
Point 4: I never, ever give my mobile phone number out. Everyone including LinkedIn is trying to get it, but Facebook will only ever get it because it acquired it via WhatsApp, which is something I can't do much about just now. I am busy with some idea on proxying, but it's too early to tell if that will work.
Oh, and I have stripped all card information from PayPal. Anything that involves PayPal as processor gets by default a virtual card. It still allows them to trace the purchases I so make, but at least a breach of account or mass data theft à la Equifax won't matter much.
Yes, it's a lot of work to actually enjoy something that is supposed to be a default Human Right, isn't it?