The following years are gonna be tough in every sense, but especially in terms of surveillance and online privacy. Why? Well, giving someone like Donald Trump access to the most powerful Spy Agency in the world, that´s like giving a child the key to a candy store.
And I really don´t think Trump knows the phrase: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Edward Snowden once said: “The setup for a police state is already in place and it only needs the one guy to pull the switch.” And Donald Trump is very likely to become that one guy…
Nonetheless, there are a few steps to prepare yourself – via privacytools.io
Privacy Search Engines
DuckDuckGo has a zero-sharing policy with nice built-in features.
StartPage is pretty much google without tracking.
Secure Email Provider
Mailbox.org – Storage: 2GB – Server: Germany
ProtonMail – Storage: 500MB – Server: Switzerland
OpenMailbox – Storage: 1GB – Server: France
Browser Security – Firefox
Make the web faster with “Disconnect” – Disconnect, named one of the 100 best innovations of the year by Popular Science and one of the 20 best Firefox add-ons by Lifehacker, lets you visualize and block the otherwise invisible websites that track your search and browsing history.
Encryption with “HTTPS Everywhere” – A Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. A collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
AdBlocker “uBlock Origin” – An efficient wide-spectrum-blocker that’s easy on memory, and yet can load and enforce thousands more filters than other popular blockers out there. It has no monetization strategy and is completely open source.
Cookie-Management with “Self-Destructing Cookies” – Automatically removes cookies when they are no longer used by open browser tabs. With the cookies, lingering sessions, as well as information used to spy on you, will be expunged.
Arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say. –Edward Snowden
Surveillance Self-Defense by EFF – Guide to defending yourself from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices.
The Crypto Paper – Privacy, Security and Anonymity for Every Internet User.
Email Self-Defense by FSF – A guide to fighting surveillance with GnuPG encryption.
The Ultimate Privacy Guide – Excellent privacy guide written by the creators of the bestVPN.com website.
IVPN Privacy Guides – These privacy guides explain how to obtain vastly greater freedom, privacy and anonymity through compartmentalization and isolation.
The Ultimate Guide to Online Privacy – Comprehensive “Ninja Privacy Tips” and 150+ tools.
The Library Freedom Project provides a list of links about encryption as well. You can find OS, VPN, Maleware and Mobile Protection.
ipleak.net – IP/DNS Detect – What is your IP, what is your DNS, what information´s you send to websites.
The ultimate Online Privacy Test Resource List – A collection of Internet sites that check whether your web browser leaks information.
PRISM Break – We all have a right to privacy, which you can exercise today by encrypting your communications and ending your reliance on proprietary services.
Security in-a-Box – A guide to digital security for activists and human rights defenders throughout the world.
AlternativeTo.net – Great collection of open source online and self-hosted software sorted by likes.
SecureDrop – An open-source whistleblower submission system that media organizations can use to securely accept documents from and communicate with anonymous sources. It was originally created by the late Aaron Swartz and is currently managed by Freedom of the Press Foundation.
Reset The Net – Privacy Pack – Help fight to end mass surveillance. Get these tools to protect yourself and your friends.
Security First – Umbrella is an Android app that provides all the advice needed to operate safely in a hostile environment.