It’s been long know to most internet users that most of the “free” services work by capitalising on the data the users provide to such services. Although Facebook has recently appeared to bring in a degree of transparency to data collection and data management, firms such as Google still collect extensive data from their apps such as Chrome, Android, Maps, Photos, Gmail, Search and more.
This article is part 1 of a series of posts, intended to inform users of alternative services that offer privacy. Todays post will be focussed on Browsers:
When you visit a web page, your browser voluntarily sends information about its configuration, such as available fonts, browser type, and add-ons. If this combination of information is unique, it may be possible to identify and track you without using cookies. Modern web browsers have not been architected to assure personal web privacy.
Tor Browser, aka Onion Browser; is your choice if you need an extra layer of anonymity. It’s a modified version of Firefox, it comes with pre-installed privacy add-ons, encryption and an advanced proxy. Download Tor here
Cons: Horrible streaming speeds on sites like YouTube
Firefox is fast, reliable, open source and respects your privacy. It comes with a lot of add-ons or manual customisation options to enhance your privacy parameters.You can download the browser here
Supported OS: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, BSD.
The new open source browser “Brave” automatically blocks ads and trackers, making it faster and safer than your current browser. Brave is based on Chromium. Brave browser can be downloaded here
Supported OS: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS.
Add-ons for Mozilla to enable higher levels of privacy protection:
Stop Tracking with “Privacy Badger”
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. Privacy Badger learns about trackers as you browse by inspecting external resources websites request. Please be aware that Google Analytics is considered first-party by Privacy Badger, which means that Google Analytics will not be blocked if you do not use another blocker, such as uBlock Origin. https://www.eff.org/privacybadger/
Block Ads and Trackers with “uBlock Origin”
An efficient wide-spectrum-blocker that’s easy on memory, and yet can load and enforce thousands more filters than other popular blockers out there. It has no monetization strategy and is completely open source. We recommend Firefox but uBlock Origin also works in other browsers such as Safari, Opera, and Chromium. Unlike AdBlock Plus, uBlock does not allow so-called “acceptable ads”.
Automatically Delete Cookies with “Cookie AutoDelete”
Automatically removes cookies when they are no longer used by open browser tabs. With the cookies, lingering sessions, as well as information used to spy on you, will be expunged.
Encryption with “HTTPS Everywhere”
A Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. A collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Block Content Delivery Networks with “Decentraleyes”
Emulates Content Delivery Networks locally by intercepting requests, finding the required resource and injecting it into the environment. This all happens instantaneously, automatically, and no prior configuration is required. Source code: GitHub.
The next part of Privacy series will cover E-mail applications and clients.