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Best Security Practices for Protecting Self and Tendies

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  1. Dashlane | 1Password | LastPass for emails. Protect your privacy with email aliases.

    freemium $2.99 / Monthly (Premium)

    Some of the providers I personally use are: Protonmail, Mailbox.org, AnonAddy, and SimpleLogin.
  2. Fast, simple & secure messaging. Privacy that fits in your pocket.

    - For communications... Hands down, use Signal messenger for all important communications between friends and family. It's FOSS, has the same functions as Whatsapp, is E2EE and privacy focused, and you can send pretty much any file type to any other person using Signal. This also replaces SMS/MMS on Android. If you still use email, ProtonMail is a very good (and secure) email provider.
  3. ProtonVPN is a security focused FREE VPN service, developed by CERN and MIT scientists. Use the web anonymously, unblock websites & encrypt your connection.

    - VPNS? Sure. They can be useful. Don't just download and use any free VPN though! They can steal/collect just as much data as an unprotected WiFi network. ProtonVPN is a newer service offered by the world class ProtonMail team. It has a free tier and is easy to use. Even if you don't pay for one, definitely use it whenever you're on any open WiFi connections such as sitting at Starbucks or the airport. You'd be...
  4. Secure email with absolutely no compromises. Get your free encrypted email account today.

    freemium €5.0 / Monthly (user - 5 GB)

    - For communications... Hands down, use Signal messenger for all important communications between friends and family. It's FOSS, has the same functions as Whatsapp, is E2EE and privacy focused, and you can send pretty much any file type to any other person using Signal. This also replaces SMS/MMS on Android. If you still use email, ProtonMail is a very good (and secure) email provider.
  5. Prank your friends and and colleagues with this online joke collection!

    - I've seen wayyyy too many screenshots with ads spammed through on their screens. Brave has native ad blocking and anti-fingerprinting measures built in to it without the need to download extra extensions. This is plug-n-play privacy.
  6. When it comes to saving your files on a cloud server, it is important to ensure the security of those files. Keeping your delicate files out of the wrong hands can save you a lot of time and hassle. Read more about Cryptomator.

    - First, I would utilize a FOSS program like Cryptomator. What this does is create an encrypted space where you can throw in anything and everything and then lock it. This space can also be stored in a Google Drive account (or any online storage really), while actually remaining encrypted. Create and store the random-gen password in your Bitwarden account. And guess what?! This is also available for all major...
  7. Privacy-focused operating system for smartphones based on Android and microG

    - For mobile devices, Apple is the go-to for most people. But as I said earlier, their privacy promises are based solely on their own word and we've all seen how self-regulating bodies act behind the scenes. Personally I use CalyxOS (Android minus Google), on a Pixel device.
  8. Fast and secure, ad and tracker blocking browser.

    - Since most of you probably couldn't use a rock to break open a coconut, we're going to stay simple for this one as well. Download Brave Browser and set that as your main browser.
  9. Bitwarden is a free and open source password management solution for individuals, teams, and business organizations.

    freemium $10.0 / Annually (Premium)

    #1 Password Manager - Bitwarden (did you hover over the link to verify before clicking?).
  10. Create unlimited aliases for free. Protect your email from spam using disposable addresses. Encrypt forwarded emails with PGP encryption using this service.

    Some of the providers I personally use are: Protonmail, Mailbox.org, AnonAddy, and SimpleLogin.