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Do your part to resist Government surveillance and take back your privacy:

If you have any problems installing or using the above software, please contact the projects. They would love to get feedback and help you use their software.

Have no clue what Cryptography is or why you should care? Checkout the Crypto Party Handbook or the EFF's Surveillance Self-Defense Project.

Just want some simple tips? Checkout EFF's Top 12 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy.

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I got tired of redditors constantly shouting "contact your congress person about SOPA/PIPA/CISPA/Whatever-Its-Called-Next-Week". Many of us did contact our congress person, some congress people were already staunchly for or against the legislation. After all of that, then we had CISPA.

Only contacting your congress person will not guarantee your privacy. However, Cryptography will ensure your privacy, with complex mathematics instead of legislation. Cryptography cannot be restricted by law nor can it be coerced by violence. Feel free to still contact your congress person, after you install the above software. Just don't expect the relentless march of SOPA/PIPA/CISPA to stop. Expect new legislation with a different acronym next month.

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Added EasyList and Ghostery.


I might add Spore as a free (as in beer) alternative to SilentPhone. Someone needs to review it's code-base for bugs before I start recommending it to users.


Added VPNs that do not log IP Addresses from this document.


Reduced the VPN list to only the P2P friendly VPNs.

Thanks for updating this list and caring, mate :)

I personally use Firefox with the NoScript addon and it allows me to avoid:

  • google tracking
  • undesired advertisements
  • nasty js going on that I may be unaware of

And when I'm sure a site is clean, I whitelist them.

The internet is a big, full of love, full of scary place. Shield yourself from the scary and enjoy the love :)


Enigmail works on OSX as well.


Multiple redditors recommend


Added DuckDuckGo as a Google alternative.


TrueCrypt is also available for OSX.

Thank you @ivals and @postmodern.

By the way @ivals is their such a thing as a VPN for cell phone carriers?

Saw this on Reddit. Consider adding in RequestPolicy to the browser privacy addons. It gives you finer grained control for cross-site requests. Eg. If you allow javascript on Google's sites, you can't control if another (non-Google) site is allowed access them. (Of course, Ghostery takes care that for most things.) RequestPolicy would let you change access to Google from a different site.


Considering adding Spore and Ostel to Voice Encryption.

Consider dm-crypt + LUKS as an alternative to TrueCrypt for Disk Encryption under Linux.

Also consider using S/MIME for Email Encryption on all platforms.


@ScarletEmerald I thought about including them, but most Linux installers already support them out of the box (create a partition, select "Encrypted"). I also suspected that Linux users would already know about them.


A redditor suggested adding the following Chrome extensions to Browser Privacy:

@postmodern That may be true, but I would still suggest including them to make the list comprehensive, especially since they may be the superior alternatives. There may also be Linux users looking to add encryption post-install who would benefit from hearing about all available alternatives.

Please remove Ghostery and substitute in EasyPrivacy or Fanboy's Privacy List instead. Using either of these subscriptions will block the same things as Ghostery does.

Ghostery is written by an ad company. There's a conflict an interest. Meanwhile, AdBlock Plus isn't, nor are these lists' maintainers, affiliated with ad companies.


Added Private Internet Access to the VPNs list, based on this recommendation

Great list :-)
Take a look to for alternative DNS servers.

Any chance you'll put Project Meshnet on there?

Also maybe just cjdns


Replace Ghostery with DoNotTrackMe or Disconnect? Apparently Ghostery's parent company actually sells the anonymous data it collects.

Another great source of privacy protecting tools can be found at

@postmodern I'd say Disconnect looks better. HN discussion here

And why not Ad-Block instead of ABP?


Added GPG4Win


Added Threema


@PhearTheCeal replaced Ghostery with Disconnect. You can opt-out of the "acceptable ads" in Ad Block Plus.

I recommend ┬ÁBlock over AdBlock, it's more resource efficient. The EFF's Privacy Badger is a good alternative to Ghostery. Ixquick is another privacy-focused search engine (they even have a new, less 1999 look coming soon, I see!).

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