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Protect Your Privacy

Protect your privacy. Originally hosted on Tumblr, bringing it to Github to make it easier for others to contribute.

Feedback, issues, and PRs welcome. URLs are listed rather than using hyperlinks to make the source clear.

Disclaimer: The information and products below is for general information purposes only. Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk.


  • Fully open source = peer review, no backdoors.
  • Look for fully open source tools, not just opened encryption implementation etc.
  • European data protection laws tend to be stronger.
  • Watch out for proprietary cores.
  • Before trying a new tool, check that it still exists, is secure (depending on your criteria), and has not been bought/taken over by another body which does not uphold high standards for security and privacy.

General privacy tips

What Where Why
have i been pwned? "Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach"
How to Make a Clean Break With the Clingiest Social Networks
Decent Security Start somewhere. Start here.
The Not-Crazy Person’s Guide to Online Privacy
Crypto Projects that Might not Suck
DeleteMe Opt out of most people search/public background check sites (@SwiftOnSecurity).
Beefing up Privacy Why and how I’ve become more concerned about my privacy.
Mac user? Tips and tools to help you protect your data and communications.
Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Shows You How to Go Invisible Online
Kids need to reclaim their data and security… especially at school
Deploying uBlock Origin for Firefox with CCK2 and Group Policy Block ads in Firefox at your company.
Adblocking for Internet Explorer without an extension: Enterprise deployment Block ads in IE at your company.
How to Keep Your Internet Browser History Private
Request your consumer score and data from Sift

General news / info

What Where Why
The Intercept
Enemies of the Internet
The 7 Privacy Tools Essential to Making Snowden Documentary CITIZENFOUR
Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy "The Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy."
Vanessa Otero's chart about news sources


IM / Messaging

What Where Why
Wire "Wire is an encrypted communication and collaboration program created by Wire Swiss. It works on iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, macOS and web browsers such as Firefox." Open source secure messenger. Better UX than Signal.
Signal Open source, E2E encryption; desktop, iOS, and Android apps available. Used by Edward Snowden.
[EXPERIMENTAL] Ricochet Anonymous metadata-resistant instant messaging that just worksbreach"


What Where Why
ProtonMail "Secure email based in Switzerland"
Tutanota Open source encrypted mailbox.
Lavabit Back up with a limited release as of January 2017.


What Where Why
Tor Browser
Brave Browser "Brave aims to transform the online ad ecosystem with micropayments and a new revenue-sharing solution to give users and publishers a better deal, where fast, safe browsing is the path to a brighter future for the open web."

Browser Plugin

What Where Why
HTTPS Everywhere "HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure."
Privacy Badger Blocks spying ads and invisible trackers; open source, created by the EFF. Focuses on privacy instead of solely ad-blocking.
uBlock Origin (not "uBlock") Free and open source ad-blocker.

Search Engine

What Where Why
DuckDuckGo The search engine that doesn’t track you.
StartPage The privacy of Ixquick combined with search results from Google.
ixquick The world’s most private search engine.

Password Manager

What Where Why
KeePassX Offline password manager.

Operating System (OS)

What Where Why
Tails OS Portable amnesiac live operating system, aimed at protecting privacy; used by Edward Snowden.
Qubes OS Uses Security by Compartmentalization approach.


What Where Why
PGP Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is a data encryption and decryption computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication.

Enterprise Privacy Platform

What Where Why
Silent Circle Check out their Blackphone.


What Where Why
ProtonVPN By the creators of ProtonMail.
ZenMate Chrome extension, encrypts and secures your connection.


What Where Why
CISA AMA with Fight for the Future, Senator Wyden, etc.
The coming collapse of surveillance marketing, by Doc Searls "It’s about the wanton and widespread harvesting of personal data without permission"
Hacking Team gets hacked
Ai Weiwei is Living in Our Future
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sent feeds that helped police track minorities in Ferguson and Baltimore, report says
What Yahoo’s NSA Surveillance Means for Email Privacy
Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader
Edward Snowden’s New Research Aims to Keep Smartphones From Betraying Their Owners
How Hired Hackers Got “Complete Control” Of Palantir "A piece of security software called Little Snitch — which regulates data sent out from a computer to the internet — was installed on one of the information security employees’ laptops, and it flagged the suspicious upload attempt, the report says."
Why I Hate Security, Computers, and the Entire Modern Banking System by Sarah Jeong
On WikiLeaks, Journalism, and Privacy: Reporting on the Podesta Archive Is an Easy Call


What Where Why
Into the Abyss: The NSA’s Global Internet Surveillance


What Where Why
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Documentary


What By Where
Permanent Record Edward Snowden
The Cuckoo's Egg Cliff Stoll
Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly about Security in an Uncertain World Bruce Schneier
The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy Violet Blue
American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It Jennifer Granick


What Where Why
COURAGE emergency funding drive Courage manages the legal and public defence of whistleblowers and activists, from Edward Snowden to Chelsea Manning, from Barrett Brown to Lauri Love.
Donate to the ACLU
Donate to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - Fight for Privacy and the Open Internet

"Don't be evil"

Google (is evil)

What Where Why
Please Make Google AMP Optional "I was reading some articles on Hacker News about how we’ve lost the internet to big companies and how we are not doing anything about it and it got me thinking about Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) again."

Windows 10 (is evil)

What Where Why
WindowsLies / BlockWindows "Stop Windows 10 Nagging and Spying. Works with Win7-10"
Windows 10 Is Spying On You: Here’s How To Stop It
Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft
Microsoft Releases Updates To Spy On Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 Users
Microsoft retroactively removes ability of companies to turn off Windows Store in Pro version of Windows 10

Facebook (is evil)

What Where Why Date
Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach 17/03/2018
Get your loved ones off Facebook., by SaintSal
Reasons not to use (i.e., be used by) Facebook, by Richard Stallman
Facebook patent application describes spying on users through their webcams


Protect your privacy. Originally hosted on Tumblr, bringing it to Github to make it easier for others to contribute.





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