We encourage everyone to be privacy-minded and actively claim their right to privacy! The sites listed below advocate for individual privacy and provide valuable information to those seeking tools, news, and resources. All of the organizations provide accurate and relevant information. If you know of other valuable privacy resources online, please share by commenting below.
Disclaimer: We do not support or promote any political or social-cause statements from the listed organizations. Our only commonality is advocating for a person's right to privacy.
|The folks at Privacy Tools maintain the Internet's most comprehensive list of privacy-friendly apps and services, hands down. They discuss the best alternatives to tech giants' products in categories like web browsers, operating systems, VPNs, email clients, chat clients, cloud storage, and many more. As I was de-googling my life, I referred to their lists numerous times and now use dozens of their recommendations.|
|Sven Taylor and the Restore Privacy team put an incredible amount of work into reviewing privacy apps, tools, and services. I've been blown away by the depth of their reviews and insight. They are not sponsored and don't run ads, making them a truly unbiased voice. Just on VPNs alone, they have amassed an impressive list of in depth reviews on dozens of VPN services. Also, check out their alternatives to google... probably the best I've seen.|
|While I don't agree with their politics or social beliefs, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been an effective voice for protecting online privacy, and holding Big Tech accountable. Many web administrators (including us) have benefited from CertBot, a free and open-source software tool that website encryption certificates (HTTPS). Another incredibly powerful tool is Atlas of Surveillance, a database that documents police surveillance technologies by city, county, and state agencies. It's an incredibly powerful tool.|
|There is no better way to accomplish privacy than to host your own service. No big tech required! I stumbled upon Awesome-Selfhosted github page from their reddit community, r/selfhosted. As a Linux enthusiast, I love building servers. Awesome-Selfhosted provides an incredible list of open-source servers and services that can be self-hosted. You really have to see it to believe it. |
|I found Henry and the TechLore group on Odysee. He gave an impressive review of CalyxOS that convinced me to install it on my Android phone, ultimately switching from LineageOS. They have an entire series of privacy guides in video format called Go Incognito. It's a great place to start for anyone starting out with online privacy practices. Also, for everyone switching to degoogled phones, check out their tool called Plexus. It's a database of reports whether Android apps work or not on de-googled phones and if MicroG is required. Very useful!|
|Reclaim the Net is a group in London, England that does a great job reporting current events and news relating to online privacy. They have a membership model in which members sign up annually or pay a one-time amount for access to articles, guides, and recommendations. We decided to support them and have enjoyed the frequency and quality of their news reporting. They also have a merchandise store with pretty clever T-shirts. |
|If there was ever an advanced college course in online personal privacy or anonymity, The Hitchhiker's Guide to Online Anonymity would be it. To print the PDF version of the guide, we're talking hundreds of pages. I haven't read the entire guide but I do keep a copy handy.|
|The reason Brian Lovin's Security Checklist made our list is because his recommendations are practical and effective. If you actually accomplish every item on his checklist, you'll have obtained an impressive level of privacy and anonymity. I do have to state that I completely disagree with his choice of messaging apps: iMessage and WhatsApp. Just ignore that part...|
|Switching.software has a well curated list of alternative software and services that is worth bookmarking. I found several answers that helped me switch away from Google. They know their open source software and recommend great products. For example, their alternative for facebook is Mastodon and Friendica, which I think both are excellent choices. |
|Privacyguides.org is newer to me but I appreciate the quality of their guides and reviews. They do a great job explaining the fundamentals of privacy, especially in their knowledge base section on Threat Modeling. |