Four free tools that secure your privacy

Check out four free tools that focus on your privacy and that you can run on any of your machines and most operating systems.

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If you really care about being safe online, you should carefully choose the programs and services you trust. And if these are also free, then things become perfect.

Check out four free tools that focus on online tracking protection and that you can use on any platform and sync across devices.

Brave

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If you want to stay safe online, you should definitely use a secure and private browser. Mainstream apps like Edge and Chrome simply aren't up to standard. But Brave does.

It is an open source browser based on Chromium, and moreover Brave has many built-in privacy features. For starters, it automatically blocks trackers, ads, and cross-site cookies used to track your online activities.

Brave also blocks fingerprinting, making it impossible for advertisers and data collectors to identify and track you.

Additionally it changes all connections to HTTPS. This is a secure protocol (more secure than HTTP) that uses strong encryption and therefore makes it harder for fraudsters to target your device. The browser also automatically bypasses AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) sites that have a bad track record of violating privacy.

Because it is based on Chromium, it can easily integrate any extension available in the Chrome Web Store. It's also very easy to sync Brave across different devices. When using the app on desktop, tap the three small lines in the top right corner, select Sync from the drop-down menu, and scan the QR code with your smartphone.

We would also recommend Firefox for its wide range of extensions, but Brave is faster, without consuming a lot of memory.

Runs on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS

Signal

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One of the basic tools of the internet is that of messaging. But don't expect your data to remain private if you use the usual messaging apps, as they collect a surprising amount of data.

For example, Facebook Messenger collects information related to your location, contacts, purchase history, device data, and more. We know it's hard to change habits and find all your friends again on a new platform, but you have to take the plunge at some point.

We will recommend the most reliable open source application so far, Signal. All communications made through this software are end-to-end encrypted so that the user's privacy is protected at all times.

Signal does not use invasive scripts, trackers, or anything similar. In fact, the application does not collect data. He knows nothing about you. It just needs your phone number to work. In short, Signal is as secure and private as it gets.

Additionally, Signal works like any other messaging app. You can use it to send text and disappearing messages, call other people (you can make video and audio calls), share pictures and videos, etc.

Runs on Windows, Linux (Debian), Mac, Android, iOS

WindScribe

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If you want complete anonymity online and by extension strong privacy, then you will you must connect via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Unfortunately, there are several problems with VPNs.

First, there are so many providers out there that it can be difficult to choose the right service. In addition, the best VPNs require payment and the free ones are either not good enough or cannot be used on many devices.

Windscribe is probably the only VPN service that ticks all the important security and privacy boxes, while also being free to use on multiple devices (10GB of data per month if you confirm your email address, which is plenty).

Most importantly, this VPN software has a fairly large network of servers in dozens of different countries and cities, uses AES-256 encryption, does not track or identify users in any way, has port forwarding, and can block domains and IP addresses.

The free version has a limited download limit (10GB per month) and offers servers in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. The paid version adds another 40 countries.

Runs on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS, Chrome, Firefox, Edge and more

Tutanota

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The next tool is about the simplest means of communication, email. It has been the largest medium of mail for years, and it is now considered proof that you have been informed of something, if you have received an official email from a government agency.

On the other hand, emails are monitored like no other medium, both at a private and state level. Quite a few people have no problems with this, but the more people who realize how important it is to use a secure email provider, rather than relying on Gmail, Yahoo Mail and other similar services, the better.

We would recommend ProtonMail, if only for its many years of history showed some irregularities and more lost in our eyes the primacy. So we recommend Tutanota, as one of the most secure email providers.

For private use, Tutanota provides 1 GB of storage space for each user, limited search capabilities and a calendar. There are no limits on the number of messages you can send or receive in a day or how you organize your mail.

Tutanota is hosted in Germany which has strong privacy laws and is considered one of the strictest privacy advocates among EU nations.

Runs on Mindows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS, Web

Strengthen your privacy to stay safe
To implement a sound online privacy strategy, you need to take a multi-pronged approach.

A secure browser, messaging app, and encrypted email provider can serve as the foundation of this strategy. Add a good VPN to the mix and it becomes almost impossible to be tracked.

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