Useful tools to help you defend your privacy

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Me & My Shadow

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Privacy Badger

Protect

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web.

Click&Clean

Protect

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Click&Clean is a Firefox extension, which helps you to clear your internet history and protect your privacy in 1-click without any prompts.

NoScript

Protect

Ease of Use: Intuitive

The NoScript Firefox add-on blocks scripts from running in your browser which protects you from possibly malicious software on your device.

HTTPS Everywhere

Protect

Ease of Use: Intuitive

HTTPS everywhere is a browser add-on that encrypts your browser communication with all websites that support https encryption

Useful tools to help you explore your digital shadow, take steps to increase your privacy, learn more about different resources available, and choose alternatives to commercial services. Select the things you are interested in to see what your options are.

Our digital shadows through our emails

"Immersion" is a tool which helps Internet users explore their digital shadow created through their emails.

Facebook Digital Shadow

Ubisoft's “Digital Shadow” shows what our digital shadow might look like based on our Facebook data.

Privacy Badger

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web.

Opt out of Firefox Add-on metadata updates

Your Firefox browser sends information about your add-ons to Mozilla once a day. Here's a description how to opt out of the daily ping.

NSA Files: Decoded - Your Digital Trail

The Digital Trail is an interactive visualisation by The Guardian that allows you to see which traces you leave when you use email, Facebook, a digital camera or other digital tools and how...

Mentionmapp

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Mentionmapp creates a visualisation that shows which Twitter users publicly mention each other and what they tweet about.

NameGenWeb

Ease of Use: Intuitive

NameGenWeb is a Facebook application that helps you to visualise your network of Facebook friends.

Terms of Service; Didn't Read

Ease of Use: Intuitive

TOS;DR is a website and a browser add-on that rate and label website terms and privacy policies.

Just Delete Me

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Just Delete Me is a Chrome browser extension as well as a website which help you to delete your accounts from many web services.

Lightbeam

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Lightbeam is a browser add-on that visualises the relationships between the sites you visit and the third party sites that are active on those pages.

Data Dealer

Data Dealer is a social/serious/impact game about collecting and selling personal data. It aims to raise awareness of personal data and privacy issues in a new and fun way.

Mozilla Do Not Track dashboard

Mozilla's Do Not Track dashboard is an interactive page reporting on user adoption of Do Not Track (DNT) within Firefox.

Beef Taco

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Beef Taco sets permanent opt-out cookies to stop behavioral advertising for 100+ different advertising networks.

My Permissions

Ease of Use: Intuitive

MyPermissions is an application that allows you to manage and delete permissions to access your personal information through your social networking accounts.

Freethephotos

Freethephotos is an application that allows you to easily transfer your photos from Instagram to Flickr.

They Know What You're Shopping For

The Wall Street Journal tested many popular platforms and websites that offer registration and found out which ones pass on personal information to third companies

4 Simple Changes to Stop Online Tracking

In less than 10 minutes, you can drastically improve your privacy online and protect yourself against unwanted and invisible tracking. The EFF tells you how.

ShareMeNot

Ease of Use: Intuitive

ShareMeNot is a browser extension that allows you to prevent third-party buttons (such as Facebook's "Like" or Twitter's "tweet" button) embedded by sites across the internet from tracking ...

IP Check

IP check is a free and easy to understand anonymity test

Image MetaData Stripper

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Image MetaData Stripper is a tool that allows you to delete additional information, also called meta data, hidden in picture files.

Better Privacy

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Better Privacy is a Firefox Addon that allows you to delete otherwise undeletable longterm cookies, also called LSO Flash Objects, or Super-Cookies.

Please don't stalk me

Ease of Use: Intuitive

'Please don't stalk me' is a Twitter app that let's you choose the location for each of your tweets even if you are somewhere else.

TinEye Reverse Image Search

Ease of Use: Intuitive

TinEye is a search engine that helps you find out how and where pictures of you and others are being used online.

Adblock Plus

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Adblock Plus (ABP) is a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome browsers that allows you to prevent page elements, such as advertisements, from being downloaded and displayed.

Click&Clean

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Click&Clean is a Firefox extension, which helps you to clear your internet history and protect your privacy in 1-click without any prompts.

Do Not Track - Universal Web Tracking Opt Out

Do Not Track allows you to opt out of being tracked by third parties.

NoScript

Ease of Use: Intuitive

The NoScript Firefox add-on blocks scripts from running in your browser which protects you from possibly malicious software on your device.

Tor Browser Bundle

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Tor is a tool that protects your internet communications against censorship and surveillance.

HTTPS Everywhere

Ease of Use: Intuitive

HTTPS everywhere is a browser add-on that encrypts your browser communication with all websites that support https encryption

Anonymous Blogging with WordPress & Tor

This guide to anonymous blogging with Wordpress & Tor helps you to ensure that your writing can't be traced back to your identity.

What is my IP address?

WhatIsMyIP.com lets you find out what you IP address is. And why that can be useful to know.

Web 2.0 Suicide Machine

Ease of Use: Intuitive

.Web 2.0 Suicide Machine takes care of deleting your Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles.

Firesheep

Ease of Use: It Might Take Some Time

Firesheep is a Firefox extension that enables you to find out about security flaws in websites that require users to log in.

What They Know - Mobile

Ease of Use: Intuitive

An interactive visualisation that shows you what information smartphone apps collect about you.

Wireshark

Ease of Use: It Might Take Some Time

Wireshark is a so-called packet sniffer. It enables you to monitor and analyse traffic on your computer network.

Privacyscore

Ease of Use: Intuitive

PrivacyChoice scores websites on a scale of 0 to 100 based on how they handle your personal data.

iPhone Tracker

Ease of Use: Some Effort Required

The iPhone Tracker shows you the information your iPhone is collecting about where you took it.

Duck Duck Go

Ease of Use: Intuitive

Duck Duck Go is a search engine that protects your privacy.

PhotoME

Ease of Use: Some Effort Required

PhotoME is a tool that allows you to display, edit and remove invisible additional information of pictures.

Technitium MAC Address Changer

Ease of Use: It Might Take Some Time

The MAC address changer enables you to change the MAC address of your device. The MAC address is a unique number, sometimes also called hardware address, that identifies your device in a ne...

Collusion

Ease of Use: Some Effort Required

Collusion allows you to see all the third parties that are tracking your movements across the web. It will show, in real time, how that data creates a spider-web of interaction between compa...

Panopticlick

Ease of Use: Some Effort Required

Panopticlick shows you how easily your browser can be identified online.

Creepy

Ease of Use: Some Effort Required

Creepy is an application that gathers and visualises location data provided via social networks (Twitter, Foursquare) and picture sharing services (Flickr, TwitPic).

The Priv3 Firefox Extension

Ease of Use: Some Effort Required

The Priv3 Firefox extension stops social networking sites from tracking your online behaviour when you are logged in.

Ghostery

Ease of Use: Some Effort Required

Ghostery shows you who is invisibly following your steps across the web. You can individually block each ad network and other third party tracker interested in your activity with this brows...

Conversations

Free software client which supports encrypted instant messages.

Alternative to:

Google Chat, LINE, Telegram, Viber, WhatsApp

Operating System: Android, iOS

Tails

Secure operating system that enables you to preserve your online privacy and anonymity.

Alternative to:

Mac OS X, Windows

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

Audacity

Free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing audio.

Alternative to:

Pro Tools

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

VLC Media Player

A free and open source, cross-platform multimedia player.

Alternative to:

Windows Media Player

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

Ixquick

A privacy-friendly internet metasearch engine.

Alternative to:

Google search engine

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

StartPage

A privacy-friendly internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from Google's search engine.

Alternative to:

Google search engine

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

Etherpad

Real-time collaborative document editor in the browser.

Alternative to:

Google Docs

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

Silent Phone

Encrypts voice and video calls on mobile devices.

Alternative to:

LINE, Skype, Viber

Operating System: Android, iOS

GIMP

Free and open source graphics editor.

Alternative to:

Photoshop

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

OwnCloud

A file sharing service that is in your own control.

Alternative to:

Cloud, Dropbox

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

Tor Browser

A browser for online anonymity and privacy.

Alternative to:

Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

Inkscape

Free and open source vector graphics editor.

Alternative to:

Illustrator

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

Tahoe-LAFS

A peer-to-peer file sharing system.

Alternative to:

Cloud, Dropbox

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

Searx

A privacy-friendly internet metasearch engine.

Alternative to:

Google search engine

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

DuckDuckGo

A privacy-friendly internet search engine which does not track or profile its users.

Alternative to:

Google search engine

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

SparkleShare

Cloud storage and file synchronisation.

Alternative to:

Cloud, Dropbox

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

Espiv

A privacy enhancing email service.

Alternative to:

Gmail, Hotmail

Operating System: Linux, Windows, Android, iOS, MacOSx

Riseup

Private and secure emails and hosting services.

Alternative to:

Gmail, Hotmail

Operating System: Linux, Windows, Android, iOS, MacOSx

Jitsi (Video and Voice)

Free software application for encrypted voice, video-conferencing and instant messaging across platforms.

Alternative to:

Google Hangout, Skype

Operating System: Linux, Windows, MacOSx

Jitsi Meet (for Chrome and Chromium)

Free software application for encrypted instant video conferences.

Alternative to:

Google Hangout, Skype

Operating System: Linux, Windows, Android, iOS, MacOSx

Orweb

A privacy enhancing web browser for Android.

Alternative to:

Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari

Operating System: Android

Orbot

A proxy with Tor that increases your anonymity while accessing the internet from your phone or tablet.

Alternative to:

Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari

Operating System: Android

Signal

Encrypts voice calls and instant messages on iOS.

Alternative to:

Google Chat, LINE, Skype, Telegram, Viber, WhatsApp

Operating System: iOS

OSTel

Encryption for your voice calls on Android and/or iOS.

Alternative to:

LINE, Skype, Viber

Operating System: Android, iOS

RedPhone

Encrypts voice calls on Android.

Alternative to:

LINE, Skype, Viber

Operating System: Android

ChatSecure with Orbot

A privacy enhancing instant messaging tool for Android and iOS

Alternative to:

Google Chat, LINE, Telegram, Viber, WhatsApp

Operating System: Android, iOS

TextSecure

Encrypts instant messages on Android.

Alternative to:

Google Chat, LINE, Telegram, Viber, WhatsApp

Operating System: Android

OpenStreetMap

Free, online editable map of the world.

Alternative to:

Google Maps

Operating System: Linux, Windows, Android, iOS, MacOSx

Silent Text

Encrypts instant messages and provides secure cloud content transfer.

Alternative to:

Google Chat, LINE, Telegram, Viber, WhatsApp

Operating System: Android, iOS

Pidgin with OTR

Free software client which supports encrypted instant messaging on Windows and Linux.

Alternative to:

Google Chat, Skype

Operating System: Linux, Windows

Adium with OTR

Free software client which supports encrypted instant messaging on Mac OS.

Alternative to:

Google Chat, Skype

Operating System: MacOSx