Tools

Difficulty Levels

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

Android

TopicLinkDifficultyDescription
Browsing Firefox Focuseasyopen-source browser
Braveeasyopen-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 Wi-Fi Privacy Policeeasyprevent leaking which WiFis you've been logged into before
F-Droidmedium“App-Store” for free software
TransportreasyMap for Public Transport (formerly known as Liberario)
MapsmediumOpenStreetMapc client with offline maps and navigation
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 MiniKeepassmediumpassword 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://startpage.comeasyeuropean search engine respecting your privacy
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
Braveeasyopen-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 gpg4win+Thunderbird+Enigmailhardemail encryption: client (Thunderbird) & Enigmail (encryption)
Thunderbird+TorBirdymediumEmail through Tor
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 Firefoxeasyopen-source browser
Braveeasyopen-source browser
Anonymous Browsing Tor Browsereasyanonymous browsing
Chat Signaleasyencrypted phone calls, video chats, and messages; WhatsApp alternative
WireeasyEncrypted chats with other computers and with mobile phones. Video chats possible.
Cloud Nextcloudhardself hosting and contact/calendar synchronization (“cloud”)
Email Thunderbird+TorBirdymediumEmail through Tor
gpg+Thunderbird+Enigmailhardgpg: already installed, during installation of package enigmail Thunderbird is installed as well; seahorse-nautilus integrates gpg commands into the Nautilus file explorer
kmail+kleopatrahardgpg: already installed, parts of the KDE desktop
Full Disk / File Encryption VeraCryptmediumcontinuation of TrueCrypt
LUKS+dmcrypthardpackage name: cryptsetup
File Sharing OnionShareeasysecure and anonymous file sharing (package name: onionshare)
Metadata Metadata Anonymisation Toolkiteasyremove metadata from photos, text files, etc; package name:mat
Passwords KeepassXCeasycompilation recipe for keepassxc
File Sync Syncthingmediumencrypted, decentralized file sync

MacOSX

TopicLinkDifficultyDescription
Browsing Firefoxeasyopen-source browser
Braveeasyopen-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 gpgtools+Thunderbird+Enigmailhardemail encryption: client (Thunderbird) & Enigmail (encryption)
gpgtools+Mail.apphardemail encryption with Mail
Thunderbird+Tor Browser Bundle+TorBirdymediumEmail through Tor
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