Here are four essential services to increase your online privacy:
- A VPN or virtual private network like ExpressVPN or PIA
- An ad-blocker like AdGuard
- A password manager like Bitwarden
- An encrypted cloud drive like Sync
A VPN (or a Virtual Private Network) encrypt your internet connections and activities. This helps to bypass internet restrictions and secures the connections leaving your computer.
An Ad-Blocker & Tracker Blocker
An ad-blocker is useful for removing advertising and blocking unwanted trackers.
AdGuard is my recommend ad-blocker. It is a fully featured internet filter that removes ads, ad-trackers and blocks questionable websites. It operates as a standalone application, and incorporates a filtering mechanism that is quite fine tuned.
A Secure Password Manger
A secure password manager allows you consolidate all your passwords and secure notes in a encrypted safe.
I would recommend Bitwarden. This free, open source application is a replacement for proprietary password managers like Lastpass and 1Password.
Bitwarden syncs your passwords across multiple devices, and the browser extensions fills in your browser logins automatically.
An Encrypted Cloud
Using a encrypted cloud service is a handy way to keep your files secure and also conveniently available.
I recommend Sync, which is an easy-to-use encrypted cloud provider.