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Four Essential Services For Online Privacy

Here are four essential services to increase your online privacy:

  1. A VPN or virtual private network like ExpressVPN or PIA
  2. An ad-blocker like AdGuard
  3. A password manager like Bitwarden
  4. An encrypted cloud drive like Sync

A VPN

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.

ExpressVPN or PIA are VPN providers that have good records in regards to privacy.

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.

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      It was developed by Russians and the company is registered in Cyprus.

      Link to their history: https://adguard.com/en/blog/the-chronicle-of-adguard.html
      Link to their privacy policy: https://adguard.com/en/privacy.html

      I found this reply from AdGuard in regards to being Russian on reddit:

      Well, I am AdGuard community manager, so of course I will tell you that AdGuard is trustable 🙂

      But I really want my words to be backed up by something other than just linking our privacy policy. We monetize our apps by selling licenses to access premium functionality. Unlike some other free ad blockers, we do not need to have any kind of ‘acceptable ads’ program, or to sell user’s personal data. Historically, users’ privacy is our top priority, and we’ve come a long way to win their trust.

      It is good to be cautious and check the trustworthiness of any company you are about to share some of your personal data with. But I would like to believe that AdGuard has never given any reason to question its reputation. We can’t stop being russians, but we can do everything else in our power to prove that we take users’ privacy as serious as possible.

      EDIT: forgot to mention. Legally, we are a Cypriotic company, so we are not subject to Russian law.on user privacy

  1. I am running Firefox.
    Do i still need:
    – https everywhere
    – privacy badger
    – ublock
    – Decentraleyes

    with Adguard installed?

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      I currently use AdGuard with Cookie Autodelete, HTTPSEverywhere and Decentraleyes. Privacy Badger and Ublock are not necessary when using AdGuard.

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