PrivacyGuard


You're being watched! Over the past years we've all learned that today’s surveillance capabilities are beyond imagination. This guide provides tools, videos and general information on how to protect yourself from being tracked across the web.

Personal Favorite: Disconnect Add-on

Visualize and block the otherwise invisible websites that track your search and browsing history. Disconnect was named the best privacy tool by the New York Times, also listed as one of the 100 best innovations of the year by Popular Science.

  • Google Alternatives //
  • VPN //
  • Secure Email //
  • Win10 Anti-Spy //
  • Desktop OS //
  • Mobile OS + Browser //
  • F-Droid App Store //
  • Root Apps //
  • Secure Messenger //
  • Secure Notes //
  • File Sharing //
  • Browser Addons //
  • Geolocation //
  • WebRTC //
  • Social Media //
  • Cleaner

Recommended Browser

Tor Browser

Tor Browser is your choice if you need an extra layer of anonymity. It's a modified version of Firefox, it comes with pre-installed privacy add-ons and encryption.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox is fast, reliable, open source and respects your privacy. Our mission is to ensure the Internet is a public resource, open and accessible to all.

Brave

The new open source browser "Brave" automatically blocks ads and trackers, making it faster and safer than your current browser.

Google Alternatives w/ Privacy

Privacy-focused VPN Services

AirVPN (Italy)

A VPN based on OpenVPN and operated by activists and hacktivists in defence of net neutrality and privacy.

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NordVPN (Panama)

We give you a private and fast path through the public Internet. All your data is protected with 2048-bit SSL encryption.

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AzireVPN (Sweden)

We deploy our OpenVPN servers with state-of-the-art cipher suites for TLS and Data Channel to see that a minimum of 256-bit security is achieved.

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FrootVPN (Sweden)

We commit to make people secure and anonymous online. We bring you services that are affordable but of the best quality.

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Mullvad (Sweden)

When you connect to the internet with Mullvad, we ensure that the traffic to and from your computer is encrypted to the highest standards.

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EarthVPN (Cyprus)

We neither log VPN usage nor user activity. Neither us nor third parties are technically able to match an IP address to an account.

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Email Services + Desktop Clients

O&O ShutUp10: Anti-Spy Tool for Windows 10

ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far. Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated. YOU CAN KEEP THE STANDARD SETTINGS.

Recommended Operating Systems

Qubes

Qubes OS is a security-focused desktop operating system that aims to provide security through isolation. User environments can be based on Fedora, Debian, Whonix and Windows.

Debian

Debian is a Unix-like computer operating system that is composed entirely of free software, most of which is under the GNU General Public License.

Tails

Tails or "The Amnesic Incognito Live System" is a security-focused Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at preserving privacy and anonymity.

Mobile OS + Privacy Browser

LineageOS

It is the successor to the highly popular CyanogenMod. LineageOS is a free and open-source operating system for smartphones and tablets, based on the Android mobile platform.

Orbot

Orbot is a free software project to provide anonymity on the Internet for users of the Android operating system.

Orfox

REQUIRES ORBOT. Orfox is built from the same source code as Tor Browser (which is built upon Firefox), but with a few minor modifications to privacy for Android.

F-Droid: Open Source App Store

F-Droid is a robot with a passion for Free and Open Source (FOSS) software on the Android platform. On this site you’ll find a repository of FOSS apps, along with an Android client to perform installations and updates, and news, reviews and other features covering all things Android and software-freedom related.

Best Android Root Apps

Greenify

The app checks out your running apps and shows you which ones are running. You can hibernate apps to prevent them from running in the background and drain your battery.

SecDroid

SecDroid disables certain binaries and hardens the android kernel and reduces the chance of others from gaining access to your device. Also available in F-Droid.

System App Remover

It's a root-only app that helps you safely uninstall unnecessary system apps. It has a database of apps which can safely be removed.

How to root your phone

Secure Text Messenger Apps

Wire (Mobile/Desktop)

The Wire app allows users to exchange end-to-end encrypted instant messages, as well as make voice and video calls. Wire is free and open source.

Signal (Mobile)

Signal is a mobile app developed by Open Whisper Systems. The app provides instant messaging, as well as voice and video calling. All communications are end-to-end encrypted.

Ricochet (Desktop)

Ricochet uses the Tor network to reach your contacts without relying on messaging servers. It creates a hidden service, which is used to rendezvous with your contacts without revealing your location.

Encrypted Note Apps

Laverna (Desktop)

It has a simple and robust markdown editor, which can help you write faster than ever. You can make your notes available only to you by enabling encryption.

SealNote (Mobile)

SealNote is simple, safe and easy to use notepad application that puts security first. The app is also available in the F-Droid Store.

Standard Notes (M/D)

Your notes are encrypted and secured so only you can decrypt them. No one but you can read your notes (not even us).

Encrypted File Sharing Software

OnionShare (Desktop)

REQUIRES TOR. OnionShare is an open source tool that lets you securely and anonymously share a file of any size. It doesn't require setting up a server on the internet.

SpiderOak (Mobile/Desktop)

Encrypted group chat, file sharing and backup. We envision a world where privacy is the default and end-to-end encryption is the standard.

Syncany (Desktop)

An open-source cloud storage and filesharing application. Securely synchronize your files to any kind of storage!

Browser Privacy Add-ons

uBlock Origin

An efficient ad-blocker: easy on memory and CPU footprint, and yet can load and enforce thousands more filters than other popular blockers out there.

PrivacyBadger

Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web.

HTTPS Everywhere

Encrypt the web! HTTPS Everywhere is a Browser extension to protect your communications by enabling HTTPS encryption automatically.

Random Agent Spoofer

Rotates complete browser profiles at a user defined time interval. It includes many extra privacy enhancing options.

NoScript

ADVANCED USERS ONLY. The best security you can get in a web browser! Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.

Privacy Settings

This addon alters Firefox's built-in privacy preferences easily from a toolbar button. RECOMMENDED SETTINGS: Privacy (compatible) & Security Mode.

Disable Geolocation in Firefox

By default, Firefox uses Google Location Services to determine your location by sending your IP, wireless access point and client identifier. Websites that use location-aware browsing will ask where you are in order to bring you more relevant information. Firefox can tell websites where you're located.

Disable WebRTC in Firefox

WebRTC is a free, open communication protocol that provides browsers and mobile applications with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities. WebRTC relies on JavaScript that can leak your actual IP address from behind your VPN.

BleachBit: Cross-Platform Cleaning Tool

When your information is only your business, BleachBit guards your privacy. With BleachBit you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk. It wipes clean thousands of applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster.