How do I protect my online privacy?
I don't want to be tracked by corporations and governments all across the internet. How can I be more private?
<p>I would suggest to check out <a href="https://privacytools.io" target="_blank">privacytools.io</a>. They list many services and applications that protect privacy. Use uBlock Origin and some common extensions with FireFox as mentioned in privacytools.io</p><p><br></p><p>As a general rule of thumb, always use open source software, meaning the source code is open to public. Few common alternatives are:</p><ul><li>Google search -> <a href="https://DuckDuckGo.com" target="_blank">DuckDuckGo.com</a> / <a href="https://searx.ir/" target="_blank">searx</a></li><li>Google docs -> <a href="https://cryptpad.fr" target="_blank">cryptpad.fr</a></li><li>YouTube -> <a href="https://invidious.site/feed/popular" target="_blank">invidious</a></li><li>Windows -> GNU/Linux</li><li>Android -> CalyxOS (degoogled android)</li><li>Twitter -> <a href="https://joinmastodon.org/" target="_blank">Mastodon</a></li><li>VPNs -> <a href="https://www.torproject.org/" target="_blank">tor</a></li></ul><p><br></p><p>Also checkout <a href="https://libredd.it/r/degoogle" target="_blank">https://libredd.it/r/degoogle</a> to degoogle your life</p>
<p>The most user-friendly program I've used (it is subscription based, but totally worth it IMO) is Express VPN: </p><p><br></p><p>https://www.expressvpn.com </p><p><br></p><p>It is also available for mobile; however, it does drain a lot more battery when turned on. </p>
<p>First of all you will have to accept that to preserve your privacy online will always come at a cost of convenience. The system isn't necessarily designed to be nefarious, but the information about you that gets collected can of course be used for nefarious reasons.</p><p><br></p><p>The easiest and most powerful thing you can do is to use the Tor Browser when accessing the internet. A VPN goes a long way too, but you do have to trust the VPN provider, and it costs money. If you use these services you should technically not have any problems using things that would usually track you like Google, YouTube etc.</p><p><br></p><p>Then you still have to be aware to not leak information about yourself when you are doing things online. Creating new user accounts frequently is a good way to avoid this if you are scared someone is looking for you.</p>
<p>Use a VPN tunnel though a other VPN. Use an email address with fake details, dump it after you're done with it. Use private search engines and made up accounts if needed. Buy the pc/phone with cash only. No mobile phone contracts or banks involved. Something like that, hope it helps</p>
<p>Ensure you have an updated anti virus installed . Check for unusual behavior of your pc/phone like sudden drop in battery percentage , frequent shut downs etc . Use a VPN if you can . </p>
<ol><li>Limit the personal information you share on social media. ... </li><li>Browse in private mode. ... </li><li>Use a different search engine. ... </li><li>Use a virtual private network. ... </li><li>Be careful where you click. ... </li><li>Secure your mobile devices, too. ... </li></ol><p><br></p>
<p>There's always going to be a trade-off between convenience and privacy.</p><p><br></p><p>The more things you fully control, the more privacy you will have.</p><p><br></p><p>Starting with the CPU you could use an open architecture, like RISC-V instead of x86 or arm.</p><p><br></p><p>With the OS, you could use something like OpenBSD, instead of Windows or MacOS.</p><p><br></p><p>For each task you want to complete you could use a fully open source alternative instead of a product of a company. Write stuff in plain text.</p><p><br></p><p>And online, use open standards for communication, like email for example.</p>
<p>From my perspective, it is most effective to use Linux from a portable flash drive, do ont use social media, and it is worth having an email for high risk services. </p><p><br></p><p>Tails linux is what you are looking for - or The Amnesic Incognito Live System, is <strong>a security-focused Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at preserving privacy and anonymity</strong>. It connects to the Internet exclusively through the anonymity network Tor. <a href="https://tails.boum.org" target="_blank" class="keychainify-checked">https://tails.boum.org/</a></p><h2><br></h2><p>You should also check CryptoPaper <a href="https://github.com/cryptoseb/CryptoPaper" target="_blank" class="keychainify-checked">https://github.com/cryptoseb/CryptoPaper</a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
<p>Your question is very thin on details. Privacy and anonymity is not a binary thing in the modern internet era and it generally involves some sort of trade-off.</p><p><br></p><p>Some good suggestions have been brought up here already, but note that VPN's are really not meant for anonymity. Tor however is. Boot up Tails from a USB stick and you've come a long way</p>
<p>here are some of the ways one can protect their privacy when it comes to online issues.</p><p>browse In private mode, browse...</p><p>Change your search tool....</p><p>Make use of a private network.</p><p>Be cautious about where you click. hope it can help as a better way to safe guard your info..</p>
<p>In order to protect my online privacy, I have to be Commited to sharing less information online, Use strong, unique passwords and two-factor authentication. Tighten privacy settings for your online accounts. Purge unused mobile apps and browser extensions. Block search engines from tracking you. Browse online with a secure VPN. Don't ignore software updates. Disable ad and data tracking. Use encryption to keep data from prying eyes and Revoke unnecessary 3rd party app connections.</p>
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