We all care about our privacy, especially when online. This is why today we’re going to tell you about some tools that will help keep your details secure while you’re connected to the internet.
Tor is one of the most popular ways to browse the internet without allowing anyone to see your activity. Tor’s network will „bounce” your traffic through multiple relays, which makes it almost impossible for someone to track your identity and activity.
Mitro – The Password manager
Mitro is an extension that can be installed on your browser, allowing it to automatically log into various websites automatically. This way, you will be able to automatically log into different websites without even touching the keyboard. This gives hackers a hard time while they’re trying to guess what user name and password you have on a website, as you’re not actually typing them.
Another browser extension is Privacy Badger, it allows you to block third party advertises. If Privacy Badger detects something that tracks what you are doing without asking your permission, it will automatically stop it.
Using Wickr Messenger, you will be able to send videos, photos and other files that eventually get deleted when they expire. Wickr will also encrypt all the messages that you send it’s also good to know that they will expire after a few seconds or several days (it depends on the setting you choose).
SpiderOak – Cloud storage
SpiderOak is a cloud storage that’s very similar to iCloud, Dropbox or OneDrive. We know, all of them, including SpiderOak, have encrypted cloud storage. However, SpiderOak comes with more security and doesn’t store your passwords on its servers. In other words, nobody will be able to decrypt anything you store on their servers.
We think that SpiderOak is one of the most secure cloud storages out there and you should give it a try.
Cryptocat is another chatting service that encrypts your messages. It can also be added as a browser extension or you can download it as an application to your Mac device. It is good to know that Cryptocat has one of the most popular available encryption tools, and it is often used by advocates or journalists. While the message is “travelling” through Cryptocat, they can’t be read, which is awesome. In addition, the application also supports file sharing, allowing you to send docs, pictures and videos.
The Guardian Project
The Guardian Project comes with a lot of open source applications and it allows you to communicate privately. The group’s software is free and it’s available for Android smartphones. If you want to browse securely, you can use a privacy friendly browser called Orweb that also works with “Orbot” for mobiles (a Tor-enabled proxy). You can also use a private messaging service that’s called “Chat Secure”.
DuckDuckGo is a search engine that will not track or share any information. We suggest you use this over Google, as it offers more privacy.
There are not many users who know that a file is not erased once you drag it to the trashcan. Most of the time, these files can be restored, which can be a pain if you’ve deleted some private photos or documents. However, Eraser is one of the best file shredders available on the internet, it is free and can be downloaded from the internet. We suggest you use it when you want to delete files that should never see the light of day again.
Silent Circle is an encrypted communications company that provides secure communication services for both desktops and mobile devices. The company wanted to release their encrypted email service, but they canceled it to avoid being forced to give data to the government.
However, they’ve released Silent Phone, which allows you to make voice calls over cellular networks. It doesn’t cost much and a lot of people are using it everyday. The privacy experts also confirmed that this application is one of the most awesome applications for private calls.
Ghostery is a great tool that can be added to your browser. It will allow you to see how many people are tracking you online and, of course, by whom. This extension is available for most of the modern browsers (such as Google Chrome, Firefox etc) for both mobile and desktop devices.
HotSpot Shield (VPN – Virtual Private Network)
Virtual Private Network technology is getting more and more users nowadays. Hotspot Shield is a VPN that allows you to bypass the governmental restrictions and Internet provider restrictions. This is one of the ways you can hide your country’s IP address, allowing you to access streaming services that are available only for some regions. However, its primary goal is to allow you to securely browse the Web without using your real IP. You can also use it while connected to a Public Wi-Fi network, to protect yourself against hackers.