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Tools help

People often tell me they are unsure about which privacy-enhancing technologies to use, and how to set them up. Here are some suggestions.

secure hardware elements

operating systems

censorship resistance

  • Psiphon - I don't know how good this is yet. Here's a contributor talking about it at the latest CCC.

anonymous browsing

  • Set up an alias, with associated accounts. This is perfectly legal as long as you don't use it for fraud, as Julia Angwin notes in her article for Consumer Reports.
  • Tor -- I suggest subscribing to the RSS feed of the blog of the Tor project to be sure you stay up to date. The hardened version of Tor has been discontinued; the Tor project recommends moving to the sandboxed version for increased security. As of Tor 8.0, the sandboxed Tor is no longer a separate thing; download the experimental version (>8.0) to get the benefits.
  • Also who uses Tor?


  • Tor Browser for everyday Use a second installation of the Tor Browser for everyday browsing without connecting to tor. Very actively maintained (better than regular FF); works great.
  • Why not Chrome/Chromium? -- It does have a sandbox, but it is also the most privacy invasive browser (of the major ones). Also Google controls the extensions for it, and they are sometimes unjust.

browser tools

these all work with Tor Browser, Icecat, or (vanilla) Firefox.

  • Random Agent Spoofer (blocks a variety of fingerprinting attacks)
  • RequestPolicy (By Justin Samuel and Beichuan Zhang, of University of Arizona!)
  • NoScript
  • PrivacyBadger (EFF)
  • Self-Destructing Cookies
  • HTTPS Everywhere (EFF)
  • BetterPrivacy (removes LSO's -- supercookies -- which survive normal cleaning of cookie cache)
  • decentraleyes - runs CDN scripts locally, rather than using remote CDNs (which is trackable)
  • Privacy Settings (the plugin) -- Gives quick access to useful privacy settings in the browser, with toggle switches.
  • Update Scanner -- Useful for watching privacy policies for changes (since that is your obligation, as a continuing user of the site. Often such changes are not highlighted; only a new version is posted).

testing for problems

facial recognition

other tools

  • Security freeze for great good -- Prevent not just identity theft, but resale of your data by the Credit Reporting Agencies with a security freeze.
  • Keep your PGP keys up to date, privately -- Parcimonie updates your keyring over tor (catching revocations and expirations), at random intervals. It leaves open a connection to tor for a long time, so you may want to run it as a cron job and kill it after some interval.
  • anonymize scanned printouts from printers using tracking dots. From TUD, where lots of useful privacy tools have been created (kudos)
  • Protecting against baseband firmware backdoors, and provider backdoors-- A little outdated, but still full of good stuff. This is a comprehensive approach; for specific tools see below. EDIT: RIP Copperhead OS.
  • Silence SMS/MMS. Recommended -- Mark Zuckerberg says: "many people use Messenger on Android to send and receive SMS texts. Those texts can't be end-to-end encrypted because the SMS protocol is not encrypted." Well, I guess I wouldn't expect much understanding of privacy tech from Mr. Zuckerberg.
  • Noise is just like Signal, but without the hard dependency on Google Play Store. It is therefore better! But Silence is better still...
  • Get an RSS feed reader to keep up to date on privacy-related sites. For example *cough* subscribe to the PrivacyGroup's feed (It's good to use a secure RSS reader. For mobile there is Courier from The Guardian Project).
  • Youtube-dl -- Downloads a variety of streaming formats -- not just for youtube! Can be used with torify (see below) to anonymously view streaming video/audio that otherwise compromises privacy (e.g., flash). Note the version in packages is often not up to date--install the latest with pip to get a version that actually works.
  • Torify -- A SOCKS proxy to the Tor network, and a wrapper to use it, so you can e.g. look up GPG keys, or perform WHOIS queries, anonymously.
  • Get a GPG key
  • installing the latest GPG
  • Get a Gnuk token! -- Good way to do encryption in a protected dedicated device. You can buy them, or build them yourself
  • secure SSH

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Giving up privacy

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