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