Ever feel like you’re being watched on the internet? Same here, I want to hide from those watching me, NSA, hackers, the Government of the country I live in (Not USA). So I set out on some searching, and rounded up these privacy tools to help you hide from the people that watch you
Make it hard for the NSA and websites to know who you are
First we need to stop letting websites have our IP. You can use a proxy but I use TOR (The Onion Router). Tor makes your connections go through other Tor nodes, but not the same one always. Tor sends your connections through different nodes giving you different IP addresses as you are browsing the web.
Installing Tor on Ubuntu
Click this link to take you directly to the Tor installer, or open the Ubuntu Software Center, search for “Tor” and install the first result.
You now have Tor running on your computer, but you still need to tell your computer to use it’s connection!
Go to System Settings and click “Network”, now click “Network proxy”. Change “Method” to “Manual” and under “Socks Host” type “127.0.0.1″ and in the number field beside it enter “9050″.
Now your computer uses Tor for it’s connections!
Block common trackers on the web
I am now going to tell you about a Firefox plugin called Ghostery (Click to install). It will block common trackers and ad companies on the web.
Setting it up
After you have installed it, follow these steps to set it up for best privacy. After installing you should see a wizard. Click the next arrow. You can configure the “Sharing” page however you want. I enabled auto update and kept GhostRank off.
Next, if you want to get a wee bubble in the top left of your browser window saying what is being blocked, keep the box ticked.
Now, on the next page click “Select All” to disable all trackers, after clicking next you are done and can close the wizard.
Any questions? Ask a Duck
This is more for people hiding from the NSA than hackers. DuckDuckGo is a search engine that does not store any information on what you search, unlike Google.
Plus I think it’s a better search engine anyway!
Use the enigma machine always (Use encryption whenever possible)
Now, if you are a fan of HTTP you will just love HTTPS, its HTTP but encrypted! Unfortunately, not all websites that have HTTPS capability use it by default. This plugin (HTTPS Everywhere) will enable HTTPS wherever it can.
HTTPS Everywhere (Click to install).
Thats all for now
That is all I have found so far! I am bound to find more soon, so check in often, if you have any privacy software recommendations, leave them in the comments below!
DISCLAIMER: I do not claim that the programs listed in this post will make your communications 100% safe. These are just tools to aim you in the right direction.