Welcome to our comprehensive guide to all the tools you’ll need to help protect your privacy online. There’s a ton of information here so check out the index below to guide you to the section that interests you.
For more information on specific privacy tools please visit the following pages:-
- Using Tor
- Using Tails
- Secure Browsing
- Secure Search
- Secure Email
- Secure Cloud Storage
- Secure Social
- Mobile Privacy
- Pay Anonymously
It’s critical that we first define what we mean by online privacy as there is often confusion between privacy and anonymity.
This is not helped by the fact that many privacy tools and services advertise themselves as being able to provide anonymity when online. We would argue that the two are not the same.
If we define anonymity as not being able to be identified (at all) when online then this is something of a myth. When using a privacy tool like a VPN or Tor or Bitcoin each one retains at least one piece of information that could be used to distinguish different users. Bitcoins users are identified by their wallet, VPN users by original IP address.
This information could be associated with other similar information to eventually identify an individual. Even Tor can’t solve all anonymity problems. It focuses only on protecting the transport of data.
If being totally anonymous online is all but impossible what we we can all do is increase our PRIVACY.
That is to control access to our personal data and help defend against mass surveillance by governments or by corporations acting for their own purposes or by proxy for governments and surveillance organizations.
By using VPNs or Tor, secure web browsers and email and other privacy tools you can greatly increase your privacy online and make yourself much less vulnerable to the mass untargeted surveillance that is becoming more and more prevalent.
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