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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.

Tips:

  • 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? https://haveibeenpwned.com/ "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 https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-delete-your-facebook-instagram-twitter-snapchat/
Decent Security http://decentsecurity.com/ Start somewhere. Start here.
The Not-Crazy Person’s Guide to Online Privacy www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-20/the-not-crazy-person-s-guide-to-online-privacy
Crypto Projects that Might not Suck https://github.com/sweis/crypto-might-not-suck/blob/master/README.md
DeleteMe https://www.abine.com/deleteme/landing.php Opt out of most people search/public background check sites (@SwiftOnSecurity).
Beefing up Privacy https://hackernoon.com/beefing-up-privacy-7a749befea32#.h6b7cp1sq Why and how I’ve become more concerned about my privacy.
Mac user? Tips and tools to help you protect your data and communications. https://ssd.eff.org/en/playlist/mac-user
Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Shows You How to Go Invisible Online https://www.wired.com/2017/02/famed-hacker-kevin-mitnick-shows-go-invisible-online
Kids need to reclaim their data and security… especially at school https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/21/kids-need-to-reclaim-their-data-and-security-especially-at-school/
Deploying uBlock Origin for Firefox with CCK2 and Group Policy https://decentsecurity.com/ublock-for-firefox-deployment/ Block ads in Firefox at your company.
Adblocking for Internet Explorer without an extension: Enterprise deployment https://decentsecurity.com/adblocking-for-internet-explorer-deployment/ Block ads in IE at your company.
How to Keep Your Internet Browser History Private http://www.teenvogue.com/story/how-to-keep-your-internet-history-private

General news / info

What Where Why
The Intercept https://firstlook.org/theintercept/
Enemies of the Internet http://surveillance.rsf.org/en/
The 7 Privacy Tools Essential to Making Snowden Documentary CITIZENFOUR http://www.angrysummit.com/the-7-privacy-tools-essential-to-making-snowden-documentary-citizenfour
Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy https://theintercept.com/2015/11/12/edward-snowden-explains-how-to-reclaim-your-privacy/
OpenSecrets.org http://www.opensecrets.org/ "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 https://twitter.com/vlotero/status/808696317174288387

Tools

IM

What Where Why
Signal https://whispersystems.org/blog/signal/ Open source, E2E encryption; desktop, iOS, and Android apps available.
[EXPERIMENTAL] Ricochet https://github.com/ricochet-im/ricochet Anonymous metadata-resistant instant messaging that just worksbreach"

Email

What Where Why
ProtonMail https://protonmail.com/ "Secure email based in Switzerland"
Tutanota https://github.com/ricochet-im/ricochet Open source encrypted mailbox
Lavabit https://lavabit.com/ Back up with a limited release as of January 2017.

Browser

What Where Why
Tor Browser https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en
Brave Browser https://brave.com/ "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://www.eff.org/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 https://www.eff.org/privacybadger Blocks spying ads and invisible trackers; open source, created by the EFF. Focuses on privacy instead of solely ad-blocking.
uBlock Origin (not uBlock) https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock Free and open source ad-blocker.

Search engine

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

Password manager

What Where Why
KeePassX https://www.keepassx.org/

Operating system

What Where Why
Tails OS https://tails.boum.org/ Portable amnesiac live operating system, aimed at protecting privacy; used by Edward Snowden.
Qubes OS https://www.qubes-os.org/ Uses Security by Compartmentalization approach.

Encryption

What Where Why
PGP http://philzimmermann.com/EN/findpgp/ 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 https://silentcircle.com/ Check out their Blackphone.

VPN

What Where Why
ProtonVPN https://protonvpn.com/ By the creators of ProtonMail.
ZenMate https://zenmate.com/ Chrome extension, encrypts and secures your connection.

Opinion

What Where Why
CISA AMA with Fight for the Future, Senator Wyden, etc. https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3qban2/oh_look_its_that_cisa_surveillance_bill_again/
The coming collapse of surveillance marketing, by Doc Searls http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/vrm/2015/08/03/the-coming-collapse-of-surveillance-marketing/ "It’s about the wanton and widespread harvesting of personal data without permission"
Hacking Team gets hacked http://www.csoonline.com/article/2943968/data-breach/hacking-team-hacked-attackers-claim-400gb-in-dumped-data.html
Ai Weiwei is Living in Our Future https://medium.com/@hansdezwart/ai-weiwei-is-living-in-our-future-474e5dd15e4f
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sent feeds that helped police track minorities in Ferguson and Baltimore, report says https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/10/11/facebook-twitter-and-instagram-sent-feeds-that-helped-police-track-minorities-in-ferguson-and-baltimore-aclu-says/
What Yahoo’s NSA Surveillance Means for Email Privacy https://protonmail.com/blog/yahoo-us-intelligence/
Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602311/microsofts-top-lawyer-becomes-a-civil-rights-crusader/
Edward Snowden’s New Research Aims to Keep Smartphones From Betraying Their Owners https://theintercept.com/2016/07/21/edward-snowdens-new-research-aims-to-keep-smartphones-from-betraying-their-owners/
How Hired Hackers Got “Complete Control” Of Palantir https://www.buzzfeed.com/williamalden/how-hired-hackers-got-complete-control-of-palantir?utm_term=.pbJL9Onm3q#.sgza8Ny9e7 "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 https://motherboard.vice.com/read/why-i-hate-security-computers-and-the-entire-modern-banking-system
On WikiLeaks, Journalism, and Privacy: Reporting on the Podesta Archive Is an Easy Call https://theintercept.com/2016/10/13/on-wikileaks-journalism-and-privacy-reporting-on-the-podesta-archive-is-an-easy-call/

Comics

What Where Why
Into the Abyss: The NSA’s Global Internet Surveillance https://www.aclu.org/infographic/abyss-nsas-global-internet-surveillance

Movies

What Where Why
CITIZENFOUR https://citizenfourfilm.com/ Documentary
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry http://www.aiweiweineversorry.com/ Documentary

Books

What By Where
The Cuckoo's Egg Cliff Stoll
Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly about Security in an Uncertain World Bruce Schneier https://www.schneier.com/books/beyond_fear/
The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy Violet Blue https://www.nostarch.com/smartgirlsguide
American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It Jennifer Granick https://www.americanspies.com/

Donate

What Where Why
COURAGE emergency funding drive https://fundrazr.com/d19Bc3 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 https://action.aclu.org/secure/donate-to-aclu
Donate to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - Fight for Privacy and the Open Internet https://supporters.eff.org/donate/fcc-privacy-rules-s

"Don't be evil"

Google (is evil)

What Where Why
Please Make Google AMP Optional https://www.alexkras.com/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 https://github.com/WindowsLies/BlockWindows "Stop Windows 10 Nagging and Spying. Works with Win7-10"
Windows 10 Is Spying On You: Here’s How To Stop It http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/07/30/windows-10-privacy-settings/
Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/
Microsoft Releases Updates To Spy On Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 Users http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/
Microsoft retroactively removes ability of companies to turn off Windows Store in Pro version of Windows 10 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3135657/can-t-disable-windows-store-in-windows-10-pro-through-group-policy

Facebook (is evil)

What Where Why Date
Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/cambridge-analytica-facebook-influence-us-election 17/03/2018
Get your loved ones off Facebook., by SaintSal http://saintsal.com/facebook/
Reasons not to use (i.e., be used by) Facebook, by Richard Stallman https://stallman.org/facebook.html
Facebook patent application describes spying on users through their webcams https://www.dailydot.com/debug/facebook-spy-webcam-patent-ads/