Data Detox Day 5: time to strap on my aluminum hat

Today’s Data Detox fun focused on Communication and finding out what my phone is saying behind my back.  I was very much looking forward to today because my super smart friend @seecantrill is blogging about her Data Detox, too, and she’s one day ahead of me. Yesterday she introduced me to the idea of the INFOSPHERE. Today, I got to explore it for myself.  I downloaded the Architecture of Radio app on my phone and got to work.

Below is a screenshot of my infosphere. I was so excited about this that I popped it into Google Cardboard mode, dug my viewer out of my desk, and then wandered around my workplace very excitedly. My lovely co-workers humored me when I interrupted them to make them look, too (Me: “THERE’S A RUSSIAN SATELLITE RIGHT THERE.” Sometimes I wonder how I remain employed.)

Exploring the Infosphere

After my co-workers reminded me that we did, in fact, have REAL GROWN UP WORK TO DO, I wandered back to my desk to finish today’s tasks. I had apparently named my phone “iPhone” (which surprised me because I *thought* I had named it Sparkly the iPhone but now I think that was my LAST phone). The data detox has us do this because a lot of people will name their phone “Andrea’s phone” and then every stranger can know your name when you are surfing the free wifi at Dunkin’ Donuts.  Not really best thing when one is honing one’s privacy ninja skills. Now, “iPhone” seemed like a pretty boring name for my fancy Extra-Smart device in my pocket, so I named it “Sparkticus the Phone” in honor of its predecessors, Sparky and Sparkly.

I already had many of the suggested privacy setting going on and regularly avail myself of airplane mode, mostly because I get a little thrill out of pressing buttons and sometimes a girl needs a break from her phone. Nonetheless, the Data Detox folks suggested Firefox Focus, which I also downloaded to my phone, and now I have them sitting down in my dock so I’m not tempted to slide into my lazy Chrome browsing habits.

All in all, another successful data detox day in the books. Next up, finishing my aluminum foil hat to hide from the Russian satellites. BRB.

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