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The best tools to help you preserve your privacy online. Surf securely and communicate with privacy. No adware, no spyware, just good software.


Chat/IM Using OTR

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    Secure chat program, either running in your browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari) via a plugin, or on your Mac. Uses OTR: All data is encrypted and decrypted on your local computer, so the chat server never has an unencrypted record of the conversation. Free and open source.

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    Pidgin + OTR

    The Pidgin IM client with the OTR plugin is another alternative for secure chat. For Windows and Linux. Free and open source.

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    For secure messaging on Mac OS X, use Adium with OTR enabled. Why install three separate instant messengers when you can connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo and GoogleTalk in a single, beautiful app? Plus it's 100% free and open source.

Web Browsing

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    Privacy Badger

    Sick of seeing ads everywhere? Tired of online ad companies tracking your every move? Install this amazing plugin and get rid of the clutter. Created by the legendary Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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    Better Privacy

    This Firefox plugin keeps sites from tracking you using Flash Cookies and other "super cookies."

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    HTTPS Everywhere

    HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox extension that encrypts your communications with a number of major websites, like Google Search, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, and most of Amazon.

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    This TOR frontend keeps you anonymous on the web using military-grade techniques. For use with Firefox see: TorButton.

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    Protected Search

    This Firefox plugin keeps Google from tracking your searches and connecting them to other sites you might visit.

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    Can websites identify you simply by looking at the characteristics of the browser you use to visit them? This EFF website will tell you how unique your browser's "fingerprint" is.

Virtual Private Networks

Podcasts, Websites, and Books

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      Browser plugin that lets you see how you're being tracked. A little distracting, since you are tracked so often! Worth installing for an hour just to get a sense of the tracking in a typical session.

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      This website, from the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, will test your network and report what it finds. A good place to start in understanding your network.

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      Certificate Patrol

      If you're concerned that not all SSL Certification Authorities are to be trusted, this is a Firefox plugin to try. It locally caches all certificates it has seen so far, and issues a warning whenever it sees one for the first time, or when something has changed and it's not clear why. This comes with some false positives though, as some major sites use different certificates for the same domain name.