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Some Useful Privacy Tools
My this year's Christmas blog post is about some useful privacy tools and actions you can take to easily improve your privacy. This post is not dedicated to shop owners or developers but to any people in general that take their privacy seriously (which should be anyone to be honest).
When choosing these privacy tools the focus was on easy handling so that everyone can use them easily or with minimal implications and technical knowledge. That's for example the reason why using the Tor browser is not mentioned here.
To improve your pricacy while browsing, I recommend using the following tools
- Using StartPage as your default search engine instead of Google
- PiHole for your local network to easily block ads and trackers on a DNS level
- Brave browser to prohibit additional trackers that are not blocked by PiHole or if you are going mobile
- FritzBox VPN (or any other VPN service for your local network) in combination with automatic VPN connect on Mac
- Use a password manager like 1Password everywhere
- Use trustworthy messengers like Signal in favor of emails
- Use SMIME encryption
- Only install the absolute necessary number of apps
- For messengers like WhatsApp or Signal disable the permission to access the contacts on your phone (this of course has some disadvantages but should be reasonable in times of privacy and GDPR)
- Disable Siri
- Opt out from your telecommunication provider, e.g. Telekom
Of course, this list is to be continued and your feedback is welcomed.