Kashmir Hill
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Kashmir Hill is the deputy editor for the Special Projects Desk, which produces investigative work across all of Gizmodo Media Group's web sites. She writes about privacy and technology.

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2/25/19
7:14 PM
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Personally, I’ve stopped using this card anywhere but Amazon and Amazon-owned companies. I also discovered that to maximize the value of the card, I should never use the Reward Points to buy things on Amazon, but instead cash them with Chase, so that I get all the extra points that come from shopping on Amazon.

2/25/19
7:12 PM
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No company is going to tell you what they do with your data.” <—- this is often true though I look forward to a better-regulated world in which we have the right to know what is being done with our data.

2/7/19
1:49 PM
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Thanks much! I tried to be as honest as possible in this series, even if revealed the flaws in my process. It was a marathon of a story and I was exhausted by it, so I’m very happy to hear that some commenters liked it. ;)

2/7/19
1:46 PM
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It is hosted by AWS, which I discuss in the earlier story about blocking Amazon. It got by my blocker initially because we use Fastly as a CDN, so it looks to the VPN like it’s data from Fastly not AWS.

2/5/19
6:05 PM
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Yup. That’s an excellent tl;dr — “Apple is the hardest one to leave, but the easiest one to avoid.”

2/5/19
6:05 PM
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I appreciate that you’re still reading despite questioning my lifestyle choices.

2/5/19
6:04 PM
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I am neither a tech nerd nor a gadget nerd. I usually hate the latest, greatest thing, so place me where you will.

2/5/19
6:03 PM
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Never had a Nokia. Didn’t get a mobile phone until after college, 15 years ago. I think it was an LG flip phone with T9 texting but it’s been a spell. I’ve never been an early adopter. I may secretly hate technology.

2/5/19
6:01 PM
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Well, I work remotely for one and I was also trying to approach this as a somewhat normal consumer as opposed to someone who knows how to flash a new OS onto a developer phone—which I and most consumers don’t know how to do.
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2/5/19
5:58 PM
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This is a totally fair criticism of this entry, but at this point in the block, I was about to go into full detox mode, so practically I just wanted to get ready for the final week. Changing phones and computers repeatedly is f**king annoying (which, of course, is part of how companies lock us in to their products for Read more

2/5/19
5:56 PM
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This is hilarious to me because my high school car was a Geo Spectrum hatchback.