Schizophrenia. I can be hacked and wouldn't know.

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I'm a bipolar schizophrenic and I can't tell the difference between healthy questioning of things and unhealthy paranoia. My paranoia revolves around being hacked, monitored or messed with online for whatever reason. Hacking is a real problem these days and I'm not real tech savvy. Since I'm so paranoid i 'd have a hell of a time convincing anyone if it was true. I feel like I'm exaggerating everything but bit is actually a legit issue. Looking for advice on how to deal with this short of not using the internet.
 
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Do not click on, or download anything, unless you are very sure of the source, and you should be safe. As for being monitored, you can't escape it, so accept it.

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Get yourself a VPN, makes you a lot safer and more invisible. I think private internet access is like a few buck a month. Proton mail is a email server you don't need a phone number, if its good enough for mr robot it must be ok. Had a similar paranoia for a while but its calmed down a bit, but do find a lot of my devices are listening a lot, without prompting them too. Not logging on to google probably a good start. Tend to agree with mark it's pretty impossible to not be monitored these days.
 
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Thank you. Everything seems to requires a Google sign in these days. Mostly I feel my Google results are very limited and generic results to keep me going in a circle. Often like the same story with a diff title. Or it's a porn site. I need to get malware or something removed. Sorry I found I make any sense
 
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Thank you. Everything seems to requires a Google sign in these days. Mostly I feel my Google results are very limited and generic results to keep me going in a circle. Often like the same story with a diff title. Or it's a porn site. I need to get malware or something removed. Sorry I found I make any sense
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Do not click on, or download anything, unless you are very sure of the source, and you should be safe.
I know what you mean about log ins and everything. I found online much easier in the earlier days, before social media and everyone getting the internet. Now I seem to spend half my time looking up passwords. I've even got a notepad for it now!
 
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I know exactly what you’re going through. I’m constintly thinking someone is watching me or trying to kill me or that random people on the street are following me. Other times I think that someone is watching me through anything thst is the color blue. And nobody, not my Docter not my parents believes me.
 
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As someone getting a software degree in college these days, it’d be nice to get you a search engine that respects privacy. DuckGoGo is especially for it, and if you’re still paranoid, Ecosia is another good source. Ecosia only supports advertisements that support green causes, which might make trusting it easier. It also counts the number of searches you make to see how much money you’ve built up for causes.

If you want to go an extra mile, you could learn coding. Other than helping with the paranoia, maybe its more analytical and rigorous nature can help you think more realistically. Websites like codecademy and khanacademy teach coding for free, and you can find a lot of apps to teach it online if you want.

Knowing even the basics of security programming without the technical aspects can work. The Youtube channel Computerphile has a lot of short videos on that if you want.
 

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