Ten Steps You Can Take Right Now Against Internet Surveillance:
Encrypt your hard drive, encrypt your communications, use strong passwords, enable 2-step verification, regularly update your software, and use Tor are among the 10 recommended steps you can take to gain back your anonymity (by the Electronic Frontier Foundation – a nonprofit organization that champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development).
Recommended privacy extensions for Firefox/Chrome:
Upgrade your web browser to improve your privacy by installing:
- HTTPS Everywhere
- Track Me Not
- Better Privacy
- User agent switcher
- Ad Block Plus
- Search Engine Security
Tor Browser: Gold standard for encrypted & anonymized web surfing on Windows, Mac, & Linux:
Tor allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. Individuals, journalists, NGOs, activist groups, and the US NAVY use Tor to keep websites from tracking them, to connect to news sites, instant messaging services. Using Tor protects you against a common form of Internet surveillance known as “traffic analysis” by distributing your transactions over several places on the Internet, so no single point can link you to your destination.
And for the really paranoid, use Tails:
Tails is a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leaving no trace unless you ask it to explicitly. Tails relies on the Tor anonymity network to protect your privacy online: all software is configured to connect to the Internet through Tor; if an application tries to connect to the Internet directly, the connection is automatically blocked for security.
Mobile device privacy
For Android devices: Orbot Mobile Anonymity + Circumvention app
Orbot is a free proxy app that empowers other apps to use the internet more securely. Orbot uses Tor to encrypt your Internet traffic and then hides it by bouncing through a series of computers around the world.
For iDevices: Covert Browser app:
Covert browser is a browser for the iOS that allows you to browse the Internet with Tor, considered by many to be the strongest anonymity network.
Published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)