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EPIC Online Guide to Practical Privacy Tools


Disclaimer: EPIC does not lobby for, consult, or advise companies, nor do we endorse specific products or services. This list merely serves as a sampling of available privacy-enhancing tools. If you have a suggestion for a tool that you believe should be included, or if you have comments to share regarding one or more of the tools that are already listed, send e-mail to epic-info@epic.org. If you have questions about a tool on this page, visit the affiliated company or individual's Web site for more information.


CD/USB Based Operating Systems

  • Tails: live operating system that can run from removable media without leaving tracks. Routes Internet traffic through the Tor network.

Internet Anonymizers, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Proxy Servers

Web Browser Ad-ons

  • HTTPS Everywhere (Firefox, Chrome): forces HTTPS versions of websites were they are available.
  • Adblock Plus (Firefox, Chome, Opera, Android): customizable ad-blocking plugin
  • NoScript (Firefox, derivatives of Mozilla): highly customizable plugin to selectively allow Javascript, Java, and Flash to run.
  • Disconect (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera): stops 3rd party tracking sites around the web.
  • BetterPrivacy (Firefox): removes and deletes long-term “super-cookies”

Search Engines

  • DuckDuckGo: anonymous, encrypted web searches.
  • ixquick: anonymous, encrypted web searches. Hosted in the Netherlands.

Email/Communication Encryption

  • GPG(Windows, OSX, Linux): free implementation of OpenPGP.
  • Mailvelope(Chrome, Firefox): OpenPGP encryption for webmail.

Alternative Email Accounts

  • Guerrillamail: web-based disposable email accounts.
  • Tor Mail: anonymous email provider (Tor required).
  • CounterMail
  • MyKolab: Privacy-focused email, based in Switzerland
  • Neomailbox: email provider focused on privacy and anonymity, based in Switzerland

Anonymous Remailers

Disk/File Encryption

  • TrueCrypt (Windows, OSX, Linux): Powerful, free, open-source file/disk encryption.
  • cryptonite (Android): implementation of TrueCrypt for android

Secure Instant Messaging

  • Cryptocat (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Mac): encrypted instant messaging platform.
  • Off-the-Record (Windows, Pidgin): encrypted communications with authentication and deniability features.
  • TorChat (Windows, Linux): P2P instant messaging routed through the Tor network.

Disk/File Erasing Programs

Password Vaults

  • Password Safe (Windows)
  • Lastpass (Windows, OSX, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile)
  • 1Password (Windows, OSX, Android, iOS)

Firewalls

Antivirus Software

Cookie/Cache/Internet History Cleaners

Mobile Privacy

  • SilentCircle (iOS, Android): encrypted voice, video, text, and file communications
  • Wickr (iOS, Android): encrypted, self-destructing text, picture, audio and video messages.
  • RedPhone/TextSecure (Android): open source application for encrypted voice and text communications.
  • K-9 Mail (Android): open source mail app for android that supports PGP.
  • iPGMail (iOS): app to send and decrypt PGP-encoded messages.
  • DuckDuckGo Search and Stories (Android): Secure, anonymous searches with Tor/Orbot integration.

VoIP/Video Messaging

  • Jitsi (Windows, OSX, Linux): open source software for encrypted video, audio calls.
  • Silent Circle (Windows)

Social Networking

  • Diaspora: alternative social media; open source and allows users to own and control personal data.
  • buddycloud: decentralized social networking with strong privacy controls.

Meshnet (decentralized networks)

  • Hyperboria: encrypted, decentralized Internet alternative .
  • GNUnet: encrypted, anonymous, decentralized P2P networking.
  • Commotion: open-source tool that uses phones and computers to create mesh networks.

Alternative Currencies

  • Cash: the original anonymous currency.
  • Bitcoin: open source, P2P digital currency.

Publishing

  • Pastebin: multi-purpose text publishing.
  • Strongbox: for submitting files to The New Yorker.
  • Wikileaks: for submitting classified/sensitive information.

Temporary Mobile Phones

Heartbleed

Additional Resources


Disclaimer: EPIC does not lobby for, consult, or advise companies, nor do we endorse specific products or services. This list merely serves as a sampling of available privacy-enhancing tools. If you have a suggestion for a tool that you believe should be included, or if you have comments to share regarding one or more of the tools that are already listed, send e-mail to epic-info@epic.org. If you have questions about a tool on this page, visit the affiliated company or individual's Web site for more information.