Please spread the word to the people you know that privacy invasions are a big deal.
Most of the recent stories about big data collection and breaches have a central theme: the little guy matters and can do something.
Whether that individual is a Facebook user who refuses to give the site her real name, an NSA whistleblower who tells the world when it’s being watched, or a person using a tool to block companies from tracking him online, each person has the power to move privacy forward or diminish it.
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Here are some of our favorite tools that you can try: Internet Service Provider (ISP): Sonic Wireless provider: Cricket Encrypt an email account you already have: Thunderbird with Enigmail; Mac Mail with GPGTools; Outlook with GPG4Win Private email clients: Unspyable, Countermail, or Shazzle Search engines: Ixquick and Duck Duck Go Mobile calls: Red Phone, Silent Circle Android proxy: Orbot i OS proxy: Foxy Proxy (configure it as a proxy, not a VPN) Mobile photos: Obscura Cam Text messaging: Text Secure Online tracker blocking: our very own DNTMe Web-based chatting: Adium with OTR, Cryptocat Mobile chatting: Chat Secure (i OS)Virtual private networks (VPNs): i VPN, Private Wifi Hard drive encryption: True Crypt Web browser: Tor Browser (and Mozilla’s Firefox is the best major browser on privacy) Mobile browser: Onion Browser (i OS), Orweb (Android) There’s an emerging consumer privacy movement built around the premise of giving regular web users (regardless of tech-savvy) the power to limit the personal info collected about them, so expect the usability and availability of privacy tools to skyrocket soon.