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
|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
|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|
|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"|
|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.|
|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."|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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
|Silent Circle||https://silentcircle.com/||Check out their Blackphone.|
|ProtonVPN||https://protonvpn.com/||By the creators of ProtonMail.|
|ZenMate||https://zenmate.com/||Chrome extension, encrypts and secures your connection.|
|Into the Abyss: The NSA’s Global Internet Surveillance||https://www.aclu.org/infographic/abyss-nsas-global-internet-surveillance|
|Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry||http://www.aiweiweineversorry.com/||Documentary|
|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/|
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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/|