Government spies and civilian hackers around the world are spying on you today. Yet it is easy to thwart most of their efforts.
Nothing is ever guaranteed. Nothing is ever 100% foolproof. Yet you can block almost all, perhaps even all, of these spies’ efforts by implementing a few software tools. Most of the tools are available free of charge or for very low fees:
- Start using secure mail. Invite all your friends as well – it’s as easy as Gmail. Look at https://privacyblog.com/category/email-security for information about privacy-enhanced email services.
- Install Signal or Confide on your mobile phone for messaging. Invite all your friends as well – both are as easy to use as WhatsApp but even more secure. Never use the text messaging app that came with your phone.
- Use Qwant or DuckDuckGo instead of Google search.
- In your web browser, always use an incognito window, sometimes called “private browsing.” See http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001378.htm for instructions.
- Use a VPN or the Tor browser.
- If you are serious about privacy and security, use Linux instead of Windows or Macintosh. It is very secure, never gets viruses, and is available free of charge.
Protecting your online privacy really is very easy to accomplish: use encryption. It works.