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πŸ” Easy ways to secure your digital life.

Apps & Extensions

Call & Text

Signal

🎁 Free

πŸŽ‰ Open Source

✌️Non-Profit

Signal is a secure texting, calling, and video chat app that doesn't collect any information about you. It's widely considered to be the safest option for communication, and even the Army recommends Signal for their troops to use in countries where surveillance is pervasive.

Business Insider writes about some of Signal's core features.

Passwords

Bitwarden

🎁 Free

πŸŽ‰ Open Source

Bitwarden is a secure cloud password manager. It has a browser extension and an app, making logging into websites and apps easy. Its free option works on different platforms, and paid features include being able to use it for both password management and two-factor authentication.

In Bitwarden for Beginners, Martin Shelton walks through how to get started.

Internet

Firefox

🎁 Free

πŸŽ‰ Open Source

✌️Non-Profit

Firefox is an internet browser that has built-in features like tracker blocking, HTTPS-only mode, DNS privacy, and allows you to opt-out of data collection from the organization.

Browser Extensions

uBlock Origin

🎁 Free

πŸŽ‰ Open Source

Ad and tracker blocking. Available in Chrome, Firefox, Edge.

Read Wirecutter's review of more ad and tracker blockers.

HTTPS Everywhere

🎁 Free

πŸŽ‰ Open Source

✌️Non-Profit

More secure connections to websites. Available in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera.

Bitwarden

🎁 Free

πŸŽ‰ Open Source

Password management and stronger passwords. Available in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and more.

Two-Factor

Authy

🎁 Free

A simple two-factor app that backs up codes to the cloud so that when you change devices you'll never get locked out of your accounts.

Check out Wirecutter's guide for two-factor apps.

Files

Keybase

🎁 Free

Keybase gives their users 250GB of encrypted file storage for free. Keybase is easy to install, works across devices, and has lots of other great features that'll help you stay productive.

Notes

Standard Notes

🎁 Free

πŸŽ‰ Open Source

Standard Notes is a secure note-taking app. It syncs across devices and has apps for all platforms.

Email

Protonmail

🎁 Free

πŸŽ‰ Open Source

ProtonMail is an easy-to-use secure email service that doesn't scan your messages for any reason.

VPN

ProtonVPN

🎁 Free

πŸŽ‰ Open Source

ProtonVPN is a virtual private network (VPN) service provider operated by the makers of ProtonMail. VPNs change your IP address - an identifying number associated with your internet connection - and secures your internet traffic, making your device's physical location and data connection private.

Freedom of the Press Foundation has written an in-depth guide to choosing a VPN.

Anonymity

Tor Browser

🎁 Free

πŸŽ‰ Open Source

✌️Non-Profit

Using Tor Browser is similar to browsing the internet using a VPN, but powered by technology originally designed by the US Navy to protect against surveillance on the internet. Now Tor is used by journalists, activists, students, researchers, and everyday people who don't want their online behavior being logged and cataloged by governments and corporations.

Learn More

EFF

Surveillance Self-Defense: Tips, Tools, and How-tos for Safer Online Communications.

Freedom of the Press Foundation

Digital security training for news organizations, freelance and citizen journalists, and other at-risk groups.

Consumer Reports

Easy-to-follow tips to protect you and your family.

New York Times

How to protect your digital privacy.

PrivacyTools

PrivacyTools provides services, tools, and knowledge to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance.

Calyx Institute

How-tos from the Calyx Institute.