Private Search Engines
Search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo record your web searches and link your web searches together.
The Solution: Use a non-tracking search engine like Neeva.
Private Web Browsers
The Problem: Web browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Safari are not privacy-friendly.
The Problem: Gmail, MS Outlook, and Yahoo Mail automatically scan your email.
The Solution: Use FastMail
- we use encrypted SMTP for sending your mail when the receiving server supports it
- we mandate encrypted access for webmail, IMAP, and POP
- we use Perfect Forward Secrecy where possible for all encrypted connections
- we encrypt all email while at rest on our servers
- we encrypt communications between our data centers
Private Cloud Storage
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
The Problem: Your ISP and other organizations can monitor your online activities.
The Solution: Use a virtual private network (VPN) service like ExpressVPN. ExpressVPN is a virtual private network (VPN) service that is fast and reliable. It’s my top pick for a VPN (see more details here). Prices are $58 per year or $9 per month.
Private Instant Messaging
The Problem: Your text messages are not encrypted and may be recorded.
The Solution: Use Wire instead — a private messaging application.
Password managers allow you to create strong, unique passwords for all your website accounts. They can also automatically log you into websites, thus preventing key-logging (attempts to capture your keystrokes and hence your passwords).
Bitwarden is an excellent open-source password manager.
Privacy-Friendly Operating Systems
I recommend the Linux operating system. This free OS has many useful privacy features and applications. If you’ve never used Linux before, I recommend using the Elementary OS distribution. It was designed to replicate features found in Windows and OS X. Linux distributions are maintained by technical users worldwide, so they tend to be less vulnerable to malware. Privacy-Friendly Mobile Devices
Other Information Sources
- Prism Break provides a well-researched list of software to help you opt out of surveillance.
- AlternativeTo provides lists of software that can replace existing software with better, more open substitutes. This well-organized site allows people to vote on software choices.
- The Best Self-Hosted Alternatives provides a list of cloud software that you can run yourself
- The book Data and Goliath (by Bruce Schneier) provides a great overview of the companies and organizations tracking you.