Why is Privacy important? (FAQ)
Some common questions about privacy. What are we trying to protect? What if you have nothing to hide?
Android Privacy Guide
Android is by design a leaky privacy ship. Fortunately, it can be mostly controlled with some careful settings. Here’s a collection settings and holes to plug, with something to suit everybody. Also see my Android 6.0 permissions article, click here.
Windows 7/8/10 Privacy Guide
Each version of Windows has become considerably more invasive, feeding more personal information back to the mothership. Windows 10 takes the cake by taking everything. There’s also retroactive telemetry being rolled out backwards to Windows 7/8, but that can be worked around. Here are some tips to keep things under control for all recent Windows machines, but really, there’s no way to be sure it will ever be enough.
Firefox Privacy Guide
Firefox is one of the most private browsers available, with a huge range of privacy-inclined addons available, allowing more control than Chrome extensions do. It’s not the fastest browser, so it’s a trade-off you’ll have to decide on. This guide includes add-on recommendations, about:config settings and other tips.
Chromium Privacy Guide
If Firefox isn’t for you, don’t use Chrome if you value your privacy. Instead, choose the open-source project on which each Chrome release is based on, Chromium. The extensions are compatible, and many of the phone-home options are not present. But really, you should be using Firefox.
Adblocking, Definitively Measured
Adblocking saves bandwidth, page loading time, battery life and keeps your personal information out of unwanted hands, not to mention de-clutters pages. I set out to thoroughly quantify just by how much and which settings yield the best results.
Desktop Software Alternatives
A list of offline and online alternatives for commonly used software, with focus on free and open-source options. The only thing worse than OS/hardware lock-in is software or file format lock-in.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation [eff.org] – “Encryption Works: How to Protect Your Privacy in the Age of NSA Surveillance”
- Chromium Projects [chromium.org] – “Technical Analysis of Client Identification Mechanisms”
- Prism-Break [prism-break.org] – Opt out of global data surveillance programs like PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora.
- Privacytools [privacytools.io] – Privacytools.io provides knowledge and tools to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance.
- iVPN Privacy Guide [ivpn.net] – Covers Tor, VPNs, VMs and Bitcoin and more
- Tinhat Tutorials [thetinhat.net] – Covers Tor, VPNs, Bitcoin, Owncloud, Encryption and more
- Jolly Roger’s Security Guide for Beginners [deepdotweb.com] – Incredibly thorough guide on huge range of privacy and security topics
- BestVPN Privacy Guide [bestvpn.com] – Covers Tor, VPNs, fingerprinting, privacy and encryption, and more
- Data Protection Retention Guide [pirateparty.org.au] – What is metadata retention, how it affects you, and what can be done about it.
- FixUbuntu [fixubuntu.com] – Ubuntu has a whole three settings (online search settings), which can be disabled and it actually works.
- Why We Encrypt [schneier.com] – The important link between encryption and our freedom.