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Top 5 Privacy Browsers – here is our favorite

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Top Privacy Browsers

We tend to joke that you have all the freedom in the world as long as you don’t exercise any.  Similarly, we have the right to privacy as long as you don’t expect it. Privacy like freedom is your right except it is difficult to exercise both.  

The biggest companies that we have come to put our blind faith in have all failed us with their cunning tactics to track, tag and target us for profits. We are nothing more than a ‘data set’ but this data is what defines who we are.

For these companies, ad revenues far outweigh the moral dilemma of ‘respect for others privacy.’

Obviously, you cannot take any legal action because they have mentioned all of their ‘intentions’ in the ‘user agreement’.  So, they are not doing anything illegal, however, is it ethical?

How did a song forwarded on WhatsApp land on YouTube’s recommendation list only 2 minutes later?  Did I agree for Siri to use my ‘conversations’ to target me on any platform that I use?  To be sure, to rule out the coincidences, this song is from the 80’s and I have never heard it before until today.

Such is the intrusiveness of these mega players. No one can do anything to them, at least not directly.

However, we can all take control of our own privacy using the means available.  

Privacy browsers are a good place to start to stop the trackers and to remove the ad target on our backs.

Here are the top 5 privacy browsers we personally like, in no particular order:

  • Vivaldi
  • Epic
  • Firefox
  • Brave
  • Tor

Vivaldi

vivaldi privacy browserThis one is one of the most colorful and vibrant browsers on this list. It has a ton of custom options to make your browser uniquely ‘you’.  You can block unwanted ads while taking notes while browsing.  You can also add your favorite website to the sidebar.  

You can even create your own shortcuts so you can pretty much do anything from the keyboard without touching the mouse.

Vivaldi is a darling with the technically savvy crowds but it is fairly easy to use without much technical prowess.  

Chrome extensions work on Vivaldi seamlessly so you don’t have to worry about Chrome extensions.

With all the amazing customizable options, Vivaldi takes privacy quite seriously. It blocks the ad trackers and provides you with more safe space to browse. Vivaldi itself doesn’t track your activities.

Vivaldi is a colorful option for those who care for privacy with personalized web browsing experience.

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Epic 

Epic Privacy BrowserAptly named, this browser is really epic when it comes to protecting users’ privacy. “Epic is a private, secure web browser that blocks ads, trackers, fingerprinting, cryptomining, ultrasound signaling and more. Stop 600+ tracking attempts in an average browsing session.”  

Epic can save you money, literally. The searches performed on Epic browser yield better rates on flights (since the flight search engines do not have access to other estimates you received, they tend to give you the best price).  

Epic protects you from your own ISP, Government, Data collectors etc., from using your private browsing data.

It also lets you access the blocked sites like Pandora and lets you download audio/video.

Epic’s default privacy settings are more powerful than the deliberate incognito mode on any browser.  

Personally, Epic is a bit hard to get used to but totally worth it. 

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Firefox

FirefoxThe browser that made privacy without complexity possible, in our opinion. There were many options at the time that assured privacy but they required a specific skill set, like Liam Neeson in Taken. 

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Thankfully, Firefox doesn’t need you to be Liam to browse with privacy.

Firefox also has a ton of features that make it an amazing browser including:

  • Password management with Lockwise
  • Customization options
  • Shortcuts
  • Default to ‘forget your recent history’

Mozilla Foundation that is behind Firefox works on the mission of privacy and free access to the internet. This is a foundation that we can all get behind to protect the unhindered access to the internet.

Firefox is to this date one of our favorite browsers.

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Brave 

Brave browserBrave is built by Brendan Eich, the creator of Java and Firefox. In our view, Brave is a hybrid of Firefox and cool Chrome extensions. Brave allows you to port your Chrome extensions (because it is built on Chromium) while providing you all the awesome privacy that you expect from Firefox.

What separates Brave from all the browsers listed on this page is its feature to ‘opt-in’ to view ads. If the user opts in to view the ads, 80% of the revenue generated from the ads are then distributed back to the users and publishers of content.

In a way, Brave is revolutionizing the digital ad space which was swarming with bots until now.

Brave is lightweight and makes browsing fast. It blocks unwanted trackers and saves you time and data. It gives you a live stats of how many trackers have been blocked and time saved.

You can also tip your favorite publishers and content creators with Basic Attention Token. You can read more about Brave Browser and Basic Attention token

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Tor

Tor BrowserIf you want to go totally gangsta with the privacy aspect of your browsing then Tor is for you. This is how Tor describes itself “We believe everyone should be able to explore the internet with privacy. We advance human rights and defend your privacy online through free software and open networks.” And they are not kidding.

As long as you are not using Tor for illegal activities, it is one of the safest browsers out there. Obviously, if you get involved in nefarious activities, authorities will find a way to get you, specifically NSA.

Think about reporting the truth from a country like China or some dictatorship regime?  Tor really shines in places where you are using it to protect your constitutional rights without compromising your privacy.

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Privacy is your right and you have to take steps to protect it. Start with your favorite privacy browser to keep greedy ad trackers at bay.

Thank you for reading and sharing this article. Stay safe and healthy!

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We do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of the information and claims made.

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All Roads Lead to $100K Bitcoin: Various Perspectives that Support $100K BTC

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Bitcoin to 100K

Bitcoin to 100K

There are a lot of theories in the crypto space that argue that Bitcoin will reach $100,000 before the next halving.  Some even argue that we could reach that price point before the end of 2021.

Here we have compiled a few perspectives that support a higher price point for Bitcoin.

IF we missed any, please let us know and we will be glad to add it for others to read.

Bitcoin’s ability to reward savers

If you saved $100,000 throughout 2017, today its value would have been $94,000, a total loss of 6% due to inflation. That is without considering the fees and hidden charges that institutes charge.

Even if you invested in the S&P 500 for 12 months at $8333 each month throughout 2017, your portfolio value today would have been $110,000.

If you saved $100,000 in Bitcoin throughout the 2017 (prices ranged from $920 through $14,000 during Jan 2017 through December 2017).  For the purposes of this comparison we are using the last week prices from each month as available on Coinmarketcap historical snapshots.

$100,000 invested in equal amounts throughout 2017 would look something like this.

Bitcoin to 100K

Since 2017, Bitcoin price has crashed and rebounded.  At the lowest point of the crash of $3000 per bitcoin, your portfolio value would have been $144,000.

In today’s average price of $16000 per bitcoin, your $100,000 savings would have been worth $770,000.

Due to its increasing demand and reducing supply, Bitcoin is expected to reach $100,000 in the next 4 years. Some models show that bitcoin will be worth $1 Million by 2030.

Only time will tell us whether bitcoin reaches these prices or not, but point being, no other asset of any class has crazy growth predictions like Bitcoin has.

Stock-to-flow ratio

According to Plan B, Gold had the highest stock-to-flow (SF) ratio of 62.  That is, it will take 62 years to produce the gold that is currently in the market.  In other words, you cannot willy-nilly inflate the supply in a year or two due to how scarce gold is and how difficult it is to find and mine it.

Current SF for Bitcoin is 25, however, by the end of 2020 or 2021, this could jump to 50.  By the next halving in 2024, Bitcoin could surpass the SF of gold.

According to Plan B, “The predicted market value for bitcoin after May 2020 halving is $1trn, which translates in a bitcoin price of $55,000. That is quite spectacular. I guess time will tell and we will probably know one or two years after the halving, in 2020 or 2021. A great out of sample test of this hypothesis and model.”

However, following the trajectory of Plan B’s SF analysis, Bitcoin could easily reach $1 Million dollars by 2030, according to some commenters.

Stimulus and unlimited printing of fiat

COVID has exposed another flaw in the fiat system.  It is that governments can print as much money as they wish whenever they wish to do so.

Whenever governments resort to simply print money without having a basis in asset value or growth in GDP, it erodes the value of the fiat in circulation.

This is what happened to Argentina, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and more.  

The US dollar has lost over 99.97% value since 1900.  For instance, whatever you could buy with $1 in 1900 will need $31 today.

COVID has added salt to the wound for fiat.  It exposed the blatant fact that governments can and will print money to their whim without regard to the inflation and impact on savers.

This increased supply in fiat helps stock market and market liquidity which in itself helps people who are invested in the stock market and other vehicles which is generally the wealthier part of the society.

Other factors strengthening the crazy Bitcoin price predictions

  • Institutional FOMO, for instance, Square, PayPal, Grayscale, etc., entering the market
  • Easier onboarding of new retail investors
  • Greater technologies and DApps being built on Bitcoin 
  • Great DeFi services to lend and borrow money
  • Globally accepted single denomination that does not need to be converted in the future (with enough places accepting bitcoin)

What other factors do you think will contribute to Bitcoin’s shooting past the $100,000 barrier?

Let the FOMO begin…

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Stay safe and healthy!

Top 5 Cryptocurrencies 2020

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Crypto Roundup: All Your YouTube Influencers in One Place

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Crypto Roundup

Visit our Crypto Roundup section daily for a dose of all your favorite Crypto YouTube influencers in one place.    

Worried about missing updates from your favorite YouTube crypto influencers?  

Welcome to the Crypto Roundup.  

On this page, we will post a quick summary of the videos from some of the most popular YouTube crypto influencers.

Ivan on Tech  Altcoin Daily

Crypto Zombie Box Mining

Ellio Trades Lark Davis

Data Dash Bitboy Crypto

MMCrypto Chico Crypto

Altcoin Daily

Video title: Bitcoin Will Be OVER $20,000 By Christmas 2020! BIGGEST WEALTH SHIFT OF OUR LIFETIME! Cryptocurrency

Date: 19-Nov-20

  • World’s biggest wealth shift of our lifetime is happening right now and no mainstream media is talking about it, except CNBC.

  • Preston Pysh predicted on August 26th that: “Bitcoin should be reaching its all time high by Christmas.”

  • If you are looking to buy a dip, there may not be one.
  • Ricardo Salinas Pliego, a mexican billionaire, has just revealed that 10% of his liquid assets are into bitcoin.

Lark Davis

Video Title: STOCKS HIT NEW HIGHS! WILL COVID VACCINES LEAD TO MEGA PUMP IN 2021? [Are You Ready?]

Date: 19-Nov-2020

  • Stock markets and bitcoin pumps higher on the news of the second successful covid vaccine.
  • There could be more chances for the new stimulus. Means more inflation, more debt and simultaneously pumps stocks, gold and bitcoin.

Crypto Zombie

Video Title: BITCOIN $18.5k TOP!!?! DON’T BE FOOLED!! HODL FOMO BEGINS!!! $TRILLIONS FLOOD!!

Date: 18-Nov-2020

  • Overall sentiment of Bitcoin has changed drastically from ICO craze in 2017 to a time where people are FOMOing to own more bitcoin.

Ivan on tech 

Video Title: BIG WARNING TO ALL HODLERS!!!!!!!!! DO NOT GET REKT!!! BITCOIN $18,500 REJECTED – NOW WHAT?

Date: 18-Nov-2020

  • Ivan expects bitcoin to shoot past $20K resistance before end of this year, giving it 85% probability

Chico Crypto

Video Title: World’s Most Powerful Turn BULLISH on BITCOIN

Date: 19-Nov-2020

  • All those who hold big bags of Bitcoin will come out of the shadows to talk up the Bitcoin rally, a $20K bitcoin could be on the cards before the end of this year
  • Ethereum mining could act as a big catalyst for Ethereum’s price
  • Big companies like google could play a bigger role in mass adoption of crypto

Let the FOMO begin…

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Stay safe and healthy!

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Lessons from the Veteran HODLERS to the Newbies!

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Lessons in Crypto

For all those who entered the crypto market after the 2017 bull run – here are few lessons from the HODLERS from the last bull run(s).

This is our attempt at making all you newbies aware of the mistakes veteran cryptoers did.

Let’s get started…

Don’t FOMO in to all the hype

FomoIt’s hard not to FOMO in crypto.  The trick is to make sure you don’t lose your shirt in crazy bets.  Always limit your bets to what you are comfortable losing.

The common ways you can become victim of FOMO are:

  • Following your favorite YouTuber without actually doing your own research on the project.
  • Investing into projects at the top.
  • Believing in promises of 100x or 1000x without any substance behind those claims.

HODLing far too long

Remember why you are into crypto – to make the money.

Never fall in love with your crypto, and HODL the tokens even when they are 10x and more.

Have a strategy to take your capital out before you become a HODLer.  

If you believe the project really has what it takes to go beyond 100x and more, just sell in instalments so as to not miss the ride.

One of the best ways to HODL is to take your capital in full and profit in tranches.

This rekt story will give you a right perspective of what it looks like, it’s one of many:

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Never go all in on one project. No matter how strong the project may look, even the projects with strong fundamentals don’t do well sometimes. 

And, you will be kicking yourself watching other projects go up and your portfolio just doesn’t seem to make a move.

And don’t over do it and have a portfolio with over 100 projects either. It is very difficult not to have invested in more than 15 projects but anything less than 20 is a good way to go, in our opinion. 

Put aside the share of Profits for Taxes.

One way you can get a good night’s sleep is by paying taxes. 

Always keep a habit of putting aside a % of your profits in USDT or other stable coins, as a reserve to take advantage of market volatility and also to meet your tax obligations. 

Exchanges are more evil during bull run

Foreign ExchangesDon’t trust exchanges. Yes we already know that, but they play more games during bullrun, some intentional and some technical. 

Many exchanges tend to go under maintenance when the prices shoot up too high too soon (Coinbase?), and you can’t sell. 

And the shady exchanges scam out before you know.

Regulators seem interested when the market cap of these projects goes through the roof, which then adds FUD around the project crashing the prices.  

Exchange may freeze funds pending investigations when such issues arise.

Take for example OKEx. Users are unable to withdraw their assets from the exchange for almost a month now, not certain if they ever will, and all that started with the legal dispute.

Never fall for Arbitrage gains

Arbitrage is when you buy in one exchange at a lower rate and sell on the other for a higher rate to take some profits. 

Some shady exchanges show a lot higher prices than the other genuine exchanges and when you deposit your assets to sell at those prices there won’t be actual volume to execute the trade. You may be stuck with either a high fee for withdrawal or other funky rules to take your own money out. 

Remember, there is no free Giveaway

Free CryptoScammers rise with the rising market.  

When the crypto market buzzes with all time highs – scammers cash in big time on newbies.

The most lucrative scam in crypto is ‘Free Giveaway’. Whether it be through YouYube ads or discussion groups and wherever they can get your attention.  Read this article on various sophisticated scams that are being deployed.

We hope these lessons help you through your trades and crypto life.  Stay safe and always DYOR.

Thank you for reading and sharing this article. We appreciate you.

Stay safe and healthy!

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We do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of the information and claims made.

All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

 

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