Replicant: Keeping the Public Private For Security’s Sake

Replicant open source program

You hear about it all the time.  They are tracking us via our cell phones.  Hackers, instigators, even our own government…they can find out just about whatever they would want to know by way of our cell phones if they wanted to.  But can they?  Do they?  How are we to know if they are or if they can and furthermore, what can we do to prevent the possibility?

Replicant is an open source software that can be installed on any Android device to make it safe and secure.  It is totally free and is readily available for those who wish for their information (and that of their contacts) to remain private.

The Replicant open source program can be installed not only on your cell phone but on your tablet too.  What it ultimately does it gives you, the user, complete control over your device, be it your tablet or your phone.  It work on Linux/Android operating systems.

One great thing about this free program is that it is constantly being debugged and improved.  The goal of keeping devices secure seems to be the priority and nothing else total focus on the objective is achieved.  It seems that those who are running the program truly want to do everything possible to offer a means of security.

On the site, there are actual descriptions and specific examples of information being compromised.  It is not an imagined thing or a hyped up possibility.  It is a reality and fortunately, there is a solution and a free one at that.  Replicant closes back doors that were open leaving it vulnerable to mischief.

The site keeps the public updated on improvements as well as incidences.  They allow questions to be asked and do their best to respond clearly and in a timely manner.

The funding for this open source program comes from group funding, a concept in raising money for a cause.  Over $20,000 was raised recently to help cover the cost of developing the freeware and perfecting it.  People are passionate about keeping their devices secure and many would rather pay a company that will provide the service for free rather than a company who sells their wares.

It all began in 2010 and was fully developed in 2011 by Paul Kocialkowski who came on the scene after some of the initial team resigned from the project.  It was made available for the Nexxus S and Galaxy 4 models.

The launching and execution of Replicant is significant in that it is an example of a successful group funding effort, when people rally their time and money together to complete a project that they feel is worth.  Then, the project came into play and was made available for free for the public to use.  That what open source programing is all about and Replicant is one of the pioneers in doing so all the way from the initial efforts to get it rolling all the way to the actuality of making it available and keeping it updated.  The public spoke and Replicant obviously listened.  Replicant allows the public to keep private…mission accomplished.

MediaGoblin: It’s All About Choices

MediaGoblin

Have you ever had your video rejected by YouTube or Flickr?  If so, you understand how frustrating it can be, especially when you feel the rejection was unwarranted.  But what options do you have?

MediaGoblin is the answer to many problems that can be encountered on such platforms as Soundcloud, YouTube and Flickr.  No offense to those sites, when you own the site, you get to set the rules which is exactly what makes the open source software program MediaGoblin such a dream.

MediaGoblin is a publishing platform for media where instead of a centralized authority, the power is distributed among the users.  On it, you can freely share and host your images, music and videos.  It takes the big government feel out of the equation.

The very best thing about MediaGoblin is that it is free.  On the site, users can share, use, contribute and communicate.  They are a community and you will be immediately welcome upon signing up.  The group members are quite friendly and excited about what they are doing.

You can get involved if you want to although it is certainly not a requirement.  There are group projects you can participate in.  You can share your projects on the site and view the projects of others.  You can get or give feedback on projects too.

Another really innovative thing you can do on MediaGoblin is to host or view a gallery that is composed of presentations, books, photos, videos, books and the likes.  Again, you can get and give feedback if you would like to.

You are not going to get a notice that your submission was rejected because it was possibly pirated only because that platform immediately jumps to that conclusion when any MP3 is uploaded.  You will not have to verify this and that or be edited with strict and often ridiculous standards.  You just won’t find all the red tape rules and regulations.

In MediaGoblin you can set your own rules.  You can become as involved or detached as you want.  It is more secure than many programs in that it basically floats in the air like a balloon.  Things that you do on the platform are not traced to your computer and you can also view what is going on with the site since you are an administrator.  If things become fishy, you can investigate and fix problems.

MediaGoblin offers options.  That is what is so great about it in comparison to so many platforms that you are at the mercy of the powers that be.  You can take full control by running it as your own and installing it on your very own server.  Or, you can use it within an existing community on sites that are running it.  There is a list provided so you can check the sites out and make an informed decision on that option.  You can also completely join the MediaGoblin community and jump in feet first.

The thing I love most about MediaGoblin is that you do have options and the choices are yours and your alone to make.  That puts a whole new spin on the world of media sharing and it’s a win-spin if you ask me.