Steamp0rt/Big-Ol-Privacy-Guide

The big ol' privacy guide

We live in an age where companies want to gobble up all our data for profit. Of course, not all of us agree with us. Not all of us want our privacy to be invaded, for profit.

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Bold AND italics means that it's personally reccomended by me.
An [S] is a link to the source code.
An [D] is a link to the download.

Browsers

Desktop

Firefox [D] [S] - Open source browser. Highly customizable, very secure and private if you configure it right
ungoogled-chromium [D] [S] - A version of Chromium which has had all Google integration purged from it. Still supports Chrome extensions.

Mobile

Firefox [D] [S] - Same as desktop firefox, except for mobile. Even supports desktop extensions.
Firefox Focus [D] [S] - Smaller version of mobile Firefox. Has built in tracking protection and ad blocking. Automatically clears history on exit by default. Doesn't support extensions.

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Browser Extensions

Chromium+Firefox

uBlock Origin [D] [S] - Lightweight yet powerful adblocker. Do NOT use uBlock, use uBlock Origin!
Decentraleyes [D] [S] - Protects you against tracking through "free", centralized, content delivery.
Old Reddit Redirect [Dc] [Df] [S] - The new Reddit redesign contains much more JS-based tracking than the old design, in addition to looking bad.

Firefox-only

CanvasBlocker [D] [S] - Prevents fingerprinting via JS Canvas API
Google Container [D] [S] - Puts all Google websites into their own container, where they can't see the cookies/cache/etc of other websites.
Facebook Container [D] [S] - Puts all Facebook websites into their own container, where they can't see the cookies/cache/etc of other websites.
Redirect AMP to HTML [D] - Redirects all AMP sites to their HTML counterparts.
Link Cleaner [D] [S] - Removes tracking utm_ parameters from URLs.

Search Engines

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DuckDuckGo (US based!)
StartPage
SearX [S] (Self-hostable!)**
Qwant (Based in Europe)

Software

Bitwarden [D] [S] - Open source password manager. Nice looking UI, fully open source, free (albeit with premium), stores encrypted vault on cloud (but it can be self-hosted)
Malwarebytes [D] - It's always good to have a second line of defense against malware, after your own common sense, of course!
VeraCrypt [D] [S] - Open source disk encryption software. Fast, good, 100% free. Supports FDE, hidden volumes, file containers, and plausible deniability.
me_cleaner - No link has been provided due to the fact using this can be dangerous. Used to remove most of and deactive the Intel ME firmware, to prevent backdoors. again, this is dangerous, as it requires BIOS modifications, but if you can do it, it's a big boost for security!

VPNs

Way too many pros/cons, and VPNs in general. Visit That One Privacy Site .

Private Communication

Signal [S] - Open source text communication app. Open source, got an A on it's security audit. End-to-end encryption.
Matrix [S] - Open spec, decentralized chat protocol. Supports experimental E2E and group encryption. Riot [S] is the "reference" client.
ProtonMail [S] - Secure, encrypted email. Based in Switzerland, which has strong pro-privacy laws. Supports PGP.

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Windows 10

  • Use Windows 10 LTSC 2019. It has no UWP garbage, fully configurable telemetry, et cetera. Here's a link, should be obvious what it is and how to decode it : aHR0cHM6Ly8xZmljaGllci5jb20vZGlyL05WclVwQTRo
  • Follow @adolfintel's great privacy guide . Requires command prompt/powershell and lots of copypaste.
  • Windows 10 Telemetry is said to ignore the hosts file and firewall rules. You'd need a network-wide blocker, such as a PiHole, or a router that supports domain/IP blocking.

Network-wide security

  • Consider open-source firmware, such as OpenWRT or AdvancedTomato.
  • If you have a raspberry pi, or really any old computer that can run Ubuntu Server, setup a PiHole as a network-wide ad (and telemetry/tracker) blocker.

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