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Privacy proxies by default

Attention is precious nowadays. Especially when it comes to smaller independent projects. Attention is the air. Independent builders and hackers are not the only ones who know this. Bigger players are well aware of the importance of attention, and its vital effects. And for that, one has to pay the price.

One of the places to share a peoject is Product Hunt. For some, it helped gaining viral attention. But how does one access this magic? Well, one has to login via one of four options: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google. Wait, but… That’s right. You can’t login via email.

And even though this might be due to some security decisions: storing passwords is a hard task. I mean who would use email auth when it seems more convenient to login via some of these tech giants. One has to use one of them. Or what else do you do with your life, right? Wrong.

Product Hunt

What if one doesn’t use these apps? What if one does take their privacy seriously? Is it fair to exchange attention for privacy? Is it fair to exchange provacy for convenience? Well, the last one is rhetorical. Because the numbers of users on these platforms speak for themselves.

In this context, email as a phenomenon gains new edge. It resurfaces as a much more useful proxy between a user and a platform, guarding from intrusion. Especially if one uses tools like Skiff, or Duck Duck Go Email Protection, and others. It somewhat helps escaping the Matrix, or at least accumulating insulation against it.

And because of that, login via email is a function to keep. Not to get rid of it because of inconvenience.