Privacy, Security & Anonymity Reference

Why is privacy important

  • “You might not have anything to hide, my friend. But you have everything to protect.” — Mikko Hypponen

Cleanup

  • Remove bloatware

Social Media

  • Delete unnecessary Social Media Accounts

Permissions and Settings

  • Disable information sharing between apps

Hardening Browser

  • Check automatic updates

Browsing Habits

  • Download files and programs only from original source

Physical Privacy

Basics

  • Encrypt Hard Drive

Radios

  • E.g. NFC, GPS, Bluetooth…

Device Separation & Compartmentalization

  • Use Devices for specific purpose, e.g. School, Personal, Banking

Auditing

  • Keep up to date in news: Reddit (r/privacytoolsIO, r/cybersecurity, r/OPSEC), News Source (Slashdot, The Hacker News, Bleeping Computers, Threatpost), Youtube (Techlore, TheHatedOne, Seytonic, ThreatWire)

Security

  • Search on Google or other sites (havbe i been pwned?, pipl, any who), if your personal data has been leaked -> Change Leaked Passwords

Router

  • Use WPA2

Lifestyle

  • Make sure whom to trust

Shopping

  • Pay with cash

Changes

  • Keep sensitive items in a Safe

Downsides

  • Loss of convenience

Becoming a Privacy Advocate

  • Share knowledge

Checklists

Tools

Desktop Operating Systems

  • New Users: Linux Mint, Manjaro

Mobile Operating Systems

https://www.privacytools.io/operating-systems/#mobile_os

  • GraphenOS (Most Secure)

Android

  • App Stores: Aurora Store, F-Droid

Search Engines

  • Searx

Communication / Messaging

  • Signal

Permanent Secondary Number

  • Burner

Email

  • Use Alias Service: AnonDaddy, Simplelogin

File Sharing

  • Encrypt before sharing!

Alternatives

Browsers

Browser Extensions

  • HTTPS Everywhere

Cryptocurrency

  • Bitcoin

Password and Secrets

  • Password Managers: Bitwarden, KeePass, KeepassXC, LessPass, Master Password

Secure Storage

  • Full Disk Encryption: Bitlocker, Linux Disk Encryption, Vera Crypt

Cloud Storage

  • Encrypt your files: Cryptomater

Spoofing

  • MAC Address: Windows Build In Tool, Technitium, spoof on Github (Linux), Android Randomization, iOS Randomization

Metadata Removal Tools

  • Android: Scrambled Exif

Uninstallers

  • Linux: BleachBit, Ubuntu Cleaner

Delete Files

  • Windows: CCleaner, BleachBit, Eraser

Delete Accounts

  • justdeleteme.xyz

Windows

  • W10Privacy: Make Windows 10 more private

Misc

  • AppCensus: Get Information about Permissions that an App uses

Services to test uniqueness

  • Panopticlick

Bootloaders

  • Libreboot

Changelog

  • 15/08/21: Create this Article

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