Hi, I’m Jonah 👋

Jonah Aragon is a content creator and digital rights advocate focused on helping people develop sustainable ways to interact with technology and protect themselves online. Through his work on the Techlore YouTube channel, and as the founder of Privacy Guides, Jonah strives to empower people to take control over their digital data and identity, and feel safe using technology in their daily lives.

You can find Jonah online during episodes of the Techlore Talks podcast he co-hosts, on Techlore’s regular livestreams, and through his open-source work on GitHub.

Oct 1, 2022

Is Facebook Finally Dying? (Techlore Talks 2)

Is Facebook finally dying? Is the current ad revenue model possible without invading user data? Can FOSS projects be successful financially? Listen on Substack Listen on YouTube

Sep 25, 2022

What is the deal with PrivacyTools?

If you don’t like drama, feel free to ignore this whole post. It’s honestly a very boring topic that nobody besides terminally online people with an axe to grind will care about, however because I continue to be asked about this topic anyways, I had to publish this for future reference. An extended version of this page was originally published on Privacy Guides to clear up misinformation being spread by the project currently known as PrivacyTools....

Sep 14, 2022

Unpacking the iOS 16 Privacy/Security Hype (Techlore Talks 1)

What’s new in iOS 16, iPhone 14, and what does it mean for privacy & security? Welcome to the first edition of our new weekly series - Techlore Talks. Leave feedback, we’ve love to hear! Listen on Substack Listen on YouTube 00:00 Introduction to Techlore Talks 01:00 Our iOS 16 Experiences 02:15 iOS 16 Feature Updates 02:28 iOS 16 Feature Updates - Lock Screen 05:34 iOS 16 Feature Updates - iMessage Updates...

Feb 16, 2022

Is Firefox OK? (WIRED)

My opinion on Firefox and similar privacy-focused web browsers was sought as part of a larger WIRED story on the current state of Mozilla and Firefox: Read the full story on WIRED Read on Ars Technica […] Firefox’s privacy credentials are about as strong as any of its commercial rivals. “The main thing with Firefox is how extensible it is,” says Jonah Aragon, a system administrator who also helps run the recommendation website Privacy Guides....

Feb 8, 2022

Toxicity and Fanboyism in the Privacy Community

I wrote this piece as a response to (and general agreement with) The Real Privacy Enemy is Ourselves by Henry from Techlore, which is a very interesting read. I do work on the Techlore YouTube channel and online community myself. Toxicity and fanboyism is a big problem in many niche online subcultures (Linux community, Android vs iOS, etc.), but it’s especially hard to keep seeing it crop up again and again in the privacy community — such an important topic we’re very involved with on a daily basis....

Feb 4, 2022

Techlore Privacy Q&A Livestream

I participated in a livestreamed Q&A on the Techlore YouTube channel, answering viewer questions about privacy and security topics. Watch the stream on YouTube

Sep 13, 2021

Threat Modeling: The First Skill You Need To Begin Your Privacy Journey

I originally wrote this piece for the Privacy Guides blog, although the information herein has been largely superseded by my contributions to their Threat Modeling and Common Threats pages, which I recommend exploring. The major trade-off with many privacy-centric services and software I’ve seen is that in general, the more private and secure something is, the more restricting or less convenient it is. This balancing act between high security and privacy, and usability and convenience is one of the trickiest problems to overcome both when creating software and services and when choosing which services to use....

Jul 31, 2021

Create Your Matrix Homeserver with Docker and Ansible

Matrix is a modern, open standard for decentralized communications. It boasts a production-ready specification maintained by the Matrix.org Foundation and it’s being used by anyone from small hobbyist collectives to national governments. Essentially, it’s an instant messaging service, but one that can be under your complete control: Your data won’t be snooped through by Big Tech organizations, and it won’t stop existing because one company decides they want to shut it down....