Tools

Difficulty Levels

  • easy / no prior knowledge necessary
  • medium / easy to learn
  • hard / complex knowledge necessary

Android

TopicLinkDifficultyDescription
Browsing Firefox Focuseasyopen-source browser
Anonymous Browsing Tor Browser easy
OrBot + OrFoxeasyProxy With Tor/Private Web Browser
Phone Calls, Chat Signaleasyencrypted phone calls, video calls, and messages; WhatsApp alternative
Wireeasyencrypted phone calls, video chats and messages; WhatsApp alternative
Chat Conversationsmediumencrypted chat (jabber plus OTR & OMEMO)
Cloud Nextcloudeasyself hosting and contact/calendar synchronization (“cloud”)
Email OpenKeyChain/K9Mail hardencrypted e-mail
Passwords KeePassDXmediumpassword manager
Other F-Droidmedium“App-Store” for free software
TransportreasyMap for Public Transport (formerly known as Liberario)
MapsmediumOpenStreetMapc client with offline maps and navigation
SheltermediumShelters apps e.g. from your contact list
Operating System LineageOShardalternative operating system based on Android
File Sync Syncthingmediumencrypted, decentralized file sync

iOS

TopicLinkDifficultyDescription
Anonymous Browsing Onion BrowsereasyProxy With Tor/Private Web Browser
Phone Calls, Chat Signaleasyencrypted phone calls, video chats, and messages; WhatsApp alternative
Wireeasyencrypted phone calls, video chats and messages; WhatsApp alternative
Chat ChatSecuremediumencrypted chat (with jabber plus OTR & OMEMO)
Cloud Nextcloudeasyself hosting and contact/calendar synchronization (“cloud”)
Password-Management Keepassiummediumpassword management

Firefox/Chrome

TopicLinkDifficultyDescription
Adblocker uBlock Origineasymore than a multiple ad blocker
Privacy Badgereasyself learning tracking blocker
NoScripthardmanage javascript, flash, anti-xss, java, anti-clickjacking
uMatrixhardblocks scripts, iframes, ads, facebook, etc.
Cookies Cookie AutoDeletemediumauto delete for cookies without closing the browser
Browser Fingerprint CanvasBlockereasyBrowser Add-on to change JS-API for modifying canvas to prevent Canvas-Fingerprinting
HTTPS HTTPS Everywhereeasyswitch to HTTPS version of websites automatically
Search Engine https://duckduckgo.com (Tor only)easymeta search engine
https://searx.meeasyopen-source search front-end, self-hosted e.g. as https://search.fuckoffgoogle.net
https://www.metager.de/en/ (Tor only)easymeta search engine
Video Chat talky.ioeasyWebRTC meeting rooms
meet.jit.sieasyWebRTC meeting rooms
Spreed.meeasyWebRTC meeting rooms
Cross Site Scripting RequestPolicyhardXSS prevention

Windows

TopicLinkDifficultyDescription
Browsing Firefoxeasyopen-source browser
Anonymous Browsing Tor Browsereasyanonymous browsing
Chat Signaleasyencrypted phone calls, video chats, and messages; WhatsApp alternative
Wireeasyencrypted phone calls, video chats and messages; WhatsApp alternative
Cloud Nextcloudhardself hosting and contact/calendar synchronization (“cloud”)
Email Thunderbird+Enigmailhardemail encryption: client (Thunderbird) & Enigmail (encryption)
File Sharing OnionShareeasysecure and anonymous file sharing
File Encryption VeraCryptmediumcontinuation of TrueCrypt
​MetadataMetaData Strippereasyremove metadata from photos
Passwords KeePassXCeasypassword manager
File Sync Syncthingmediumencrypted, decentralized file sync

Linux

TopicLinkDifficultyDescription
Browsing Firefox easy open-source browser
Anonymous Browsing Tor Browser easy anonymous browsing
Chat Signal easy encrypted phone calls, video chats, and messages; WhatsApp alternative
Wire easy Encrypted chats with other computers and with mobile phones. Video chats possible.
Cloud Nextcloud hard self hosting and contact/calendar synchronization (“cloud”)
Email Thunderbird+Enigmail hard by installing the enigmail package Thunderbird will be installed, too; seahorse-nautilus integrates gpg commands into the Nautilus file explorer
kmail+kleopatra hard parts of the KDE desktop
Full Disk / File Encryption VeraCrypt medium continuation of TrueCrypt
LUKS+dmcrypt hard package name: cryptsetup
File Sharing OnionShare easy secure and anonymous file sharing (package name: onionshare)
Metadata Metadata Anonymisation Toolkit easy remove metadata from photos, text files, etc; package name:mat
Passwords KeepassXC easy
File Sync Syncthing medium encrypted, decentralized file sync

MacOSX

TopicLinkDifficultyDescription
Browsing Firefoxeasyopen-source browser
Anonymous Browsing Tor Browsereasyanonymous browsing
Chat Signaleasyencrypted phone calls, video chats, and messages; WhatsApp alternative
Wireeasyencrypted phone calls, video chats and messages; WhatsApp alternative
Cloud Nextcloudhardself hosting and contact/calendar synchronization (“cloud”)
Email Thunderbird+Enigmailhardemail encryption: client (Thunderbird) & Enigmail (encryption)
gpgtools+Mail.apphardemail encryption with Mail
File Encryption VeraCrypt (requires FUSE for MacOS)mediumcontinuation of TrueCrypt
File Sharing OnionShareeasysecure and anonymous file sharing
Metadata MetaData Strippereasyremove metadata from photos
Passwords KeePassXCeasypassword manager
File Sync Syncthingmediumencrypted, decentralized file sync