Privacy 101: simple steps to protect your privacy online

Below are a few easy steps to protect your privacy online.

For your browser

  • Use Firefox, Vivaldi, Brave or ungoogled-chromium as your default browser (ditch Chrome or Safari);
  • Set StartPage or DuckDuckGo as your default search engine (ditch Google);
  • Add the following extensions:
    • HTTPS Everywhere to make sure communications with websites you visit are encrypted;
    • Privacy Badger to block advertisers and third-party trackers from secretly collecting your personal data;
    • Facebook Container (Firefox only) to prevent Facebook from tracking you around the web. Facebook tracks you even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

For your mobile phone

  • Use Firefox Focus (iOS, Android) as your default browser (ditch Chrome or Safari.)

For your messaging app

  • Use Signal on desktop and mobile.

For your email

  • Use one of those email providers:
  • Use a forwading email address to sign up for random websites and newsletters:
  • Use a disposable email address for one-off usage:

For your security

  • Use two-factor authentification as much as you can especially for:
    • your email account(s);
    • all your social media accounts;
    • on your bank’s website;
    • on websites where you have your credit card saved.
  • Use a VPN — especially on public wifi:

For your passwords

  • Use a password manager to:
    • generate a new password for each website;
    • save your passwords.
  • List of password managers.

On your laptop


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