Your phone is more than just a communication tool; it’s a powerful tracking device, and the SIM card inside is a key reason why.
I don’t actually have a SIM card in any of my phones, and in this video I’ll explain the reasons why.
I’ll also talk about alternative ways that you can still have connectivity on the go without a SIM in your phone, and I’ll dive into the downsides of not having a SIM in your phone.
00:00 Your Phone is a Tracking Tool
01:12 What is a SIM
01:44 Location Tracking
02:36 Covert Data Transmission
06:35 Split Tunneling
08:40 Internet-Only Phones
10:52 Mobile Hotpots
11:28 Benefits of Siloing SIM on a Separate Device
14:28 Calyx Hotspots
18:36 Support the Calyx Institute
Having a SIM card in your phone has a lot of privacy downsides. But not having a SIM in your phone definitely has tradeoffs. You’ll have to assess whether this is something that’s right for your life.
Special Thanks to Nick Merrill and David Allan Burgess for lending their time and expertise!
You can learn more about Calyx here:
Previous video in this phone privacy series, explaining how phones without a SIM also talk to cell towers, but why it’s not as extensive: https://youtu.be/A9DPDE0FZeQ?si=3h5nYyKvV_p-Jngr
Thanks to the Mysk team for their important research
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Beginner’s Introduction To Privacy – Naomi Brockwell
Permanent Record – Edward Snowden
What has the government done to our money – Rothbard
Extreme Privacy – Michael Bazzel (The best privacy book I’ve ever read)
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State – Glenn Greenwald
Naomi’s Privacy Bag: some of my favorite products to help protect your privacy!
Use the Brave browser! https://brave.com/nao076
USB-C to ethernet adapter:
Faraday bag (signal stopping, to protect your fob, credit card, computer, and phone)
Data Blocker (if you’re charging your phone in an unknown port, use this so that no data is transferred)
Computer privacy screen (use your computer in public? Keep your information safe! Choose the size right for your computer)
Phone privacy screen (don’t let people in public see your private data, choose the size for your phone)
Samsung note 10 – https://amzn.to/3wNtYwb
iPhone XR – https://amzn.to/3Q8Sq4S
Pixel 6a – https://amzn.to/3i9dnQz
Camera cover (for computers and phones, so no one can access your camera without you knowing)
Privacy Tip: Turn off your wifi and bluetooth when you’re not using them!!!