The Best Internet Privacy Tools for 2019

If 2018 taught us anything, it’s that even the biggest companies can fall victim to data breaches or other privacy and security vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, when it’s your data being stolen or lost, you’re the victim, not the company.

We’ve put together this list of tools you can use in the new year to help keep your private data safe on the internet in 2019.


  • Other Privacy Tools

  • Facebook Container

    Free Web Facebook Firefox Website

    This extension helps you control more of your web activity from Facebook by isolating your identity into a separate container.

     

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  • Firefox Multi-account Containers

    Free Web Firefox Website

    The Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension lets you carve out a separate box for each of your online lives – no more opening a different browser just to check your work email! Here is a quick video showing you how it works.

    Under the hood, it separates website storage into tab-specific Containers. Cookies downloaded by one Container are not available to other Containers. With the Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension, you can...

    Sign in to two different accounts on the same site (for example, you could sign in to work email and home email in two different Container tabs.
    Keep different kinds of browsing far away from each other (for example, you might use one Container tab for managing your Checking Account and a different Container tab for searching for new songs by your favorite band)
    Avoid leaving social-network footprints all over the web (for example, you could use a Container tab for signing in to a social network, and use a different tab for visiting online news sites, keeping your social identity separate from tracking scripts on news sites)

    After installing the Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension, click the Containers icon to edit your Containers. Change their colors, names, and icons. Long-click the new tab button to open a new Container tab.

    Privacy in Firefox Multi-Account Containers

    The Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension does not send any information to Mozilla.

    Haven't I seen this in Firefox before?

    Firefox Multi-Account Containers was first introduced as "Containers" available only in Firefox Nightly. It went on to be a Test Pilot Experiment, where we improved the user experience and added new features. Now it exists here as an extension that can be installed by all Firefox users.

    Although you can still use the feature built into Firefox Nightly, we recommend using this extension as it has a richer user experience.

     

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  • HTTPS Everywhere

    Free Web Vivaldi Browser Chrome Yandex.Browser Opera ... Chromium Firefox Website

    HTTPS Everywhere is a browser extension produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It encrypts your communications with a number of major websites.

    Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted HTTP, or fill encrypted pages with links that go back to the unencrypted site.

    The HTTPS Everywhere extension fixes these problems by rewriting all requests to these sites to HTTPS.

    HTTPS Everywhere can protect you only when you're using sites that support HTTPS and for which HTTPS Everywhere includes rules.

     

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  • Let's Encrypt

    Free Self-Hosted Website

    Anyone who has gone through the trouble of setting up a secure website knows what a hassle getting and maintaining a certificate can be. Let’s Encrypt automates away the pain and lets site operators turn on and manage HTTPS with simple commands.

    No validation emails, no complicated configuration editing, no expired certificates breaking your website. And of course, because Let’s Encrypt provides certificates for free, no need to arrange payment.

     

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  • Standard Notes

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Website

    Standard Notes is a simple and private notes app. It allows you to write and sync your notes across all your devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web browser.

    Private means your notes are end-to-end encrypted, so only you can read your notes. Even we can't read the contents of your notes.

    Simple means it does one job and does it well. Standard Notes is a safe and lasting place for your life's work. Our focus is making it easy to write notes wherever you are and syncing them with encryption to all your devices.

    Standard Notes comes free with:
    • Seamless sync across all your devices, with easy to use applications on iPhone, iPad, Mac, web browsers, and other platforms.
    • Offline access, so you can access your downloaded notes even without a connection.
    • No limit on number of devices.
    • No limit on number of notes.
    • Passcode lock protection, along with Touch ID and Face ID protection.
    • A tagging system to organize your notes (like #work, #ideas, #passwords, #crypto).
    • The ability to pin, lock, protect, and move notes to trash, which allows you to recover deleted notes until the trash is emptied.

    We made Standard Notes simple because longevity is important to us. We want to make sure we're here, protecting your notes, for the next hundred years. You shouldn't have to find a new notes app every year.

    To sustain our development, we offer an optional paid program called Standard Notes Extended. Extended gives you access to powerful tools including:
    • Productivity editors
    • Beautiful themes
    • Powerful cloud tools including daily backups

    You can learn more about Extended at standardnotes.org/extended.

    We're always happy to talk, whether it be a question, thought, or issue. Please feel free to email us any time at help@standardnotes.org. When you take the time to send us a message, we'll be sure to do the same.

     

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  • Terms of Service Didn't Read

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome Safari ... Opera Firefox Website

    Terms of Service; Didn't Read (ToS;DR) is an active project to fix the biggest lie on the web. We help you understand the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies of websites.

    Terms of service are often too long to read, but it's important to understand what's in them. Your rights online depend on them. Get informed about your rights by installing the browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Safari.

    Examples:

    Facebook

    - Very broad copyright license on your content
    -> No promise to inform about government requests
    - Facebook automatically shares your data with many other services
    + Transparency on law enforcement requests
    + You can give your feedback before changes
    - No pseudonym allowed
    -> (more info on the forum)

    Google

    - Google can use your content for all their existing and future services
    + Limited copyright license to operate and improve all Google Services
    + Inform about data requests
    + Google posts notice of changes, with a 14-day ultimatum.
    + Transparency on law enforcement requests
    -> Partial archives of their terms are available
    -> Jurisdiction in California
    -> (more info on the forum)

     

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  • Track Blockers

  • TrackerBlock

    Free Mac Windows Linux Windows Mobile iPhone ... iPad Firefox Website

    TrackerBlock gives you complete control over online tracking, deploying multiple forms of protection:

    Cookie Blocking and Deletion - TrackerBlock can stop over 550 tracking companies from reading or writing cookies on your computer, and deletes other tracking tags they may leave behind (Flash cookies and HTML5 storage).

    Do Not Track - With each browser request you can send a signal that you do not want to be tracked.

    Opt-out Cookies - Keeps opt-out cookies in place for hundreds of companies, which turns off targeted advertising and, with some companies, data collection.

    HTML5 Control - Shows you which companies are using HTML5 to store data on your computer, and lets you delete any or all of it.

    Independent Add-on - TrackerBlock 2.1 requires no interaction with our servers, providing even greater privacy.

    Track the Trackers (optional) - Logs when tracking companies try to access your computer to support our crowd-sourced tracking database.

     

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  • Cover Your Tracks

    Free Web Website

    Cover Your Tracks is a research project designed to better uncover the tools and techniques of online trackers and test the efficacy of privacy add-ons.

     

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  • Disconnect

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux BSD Chrome ... Safari Opera Firefox Website

    Disconnect was founded in 2011 by former Google engineers and a consumer- and privacy-rights attorney. We develop award-winning, user-friendly privacy and security software in San Francisco, California. Disconnect exists to help solve an important social issue and our founding principles are reflected in the way we run the company. We’re proud to be a Certified B Corp and honored to be named one of the best places to work in the B corp community. You can learn more about our team here and feel free to send us a note if you think you’d be a good fit to join our growing company.

     

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  • NoScript

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Chrome ... SeaMonkey Firefox Website

    Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.

     

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  • Privacy Badger

    Free Web Microsoft Edge Chrome Opera Firefox Website

    Web browser add-on that automatically learns to block invisible trackers that ignore DNT signals.

     

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  • Ad Blockers

    Ad revenue is one of the main drivers behind the successful publications on the internet, however when websites put ad revenue ahead of user experience, it can be difficult to read the content on a website.

  • AdBlocker Ultimate

    Freemium Windows Microsoft Edge Chrome Yandex.Browser Opera ... Firefox Website

    AdBlocker Ultimate is a cross-browser ad-blocker.

    FEATURES

    • Completely free
    • Block ALL ads - no whitelisted ads/websites
    • Block tracking and malware domains

     

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  • Adblock Plus

    Free iPhone Chrome OS iPad Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer ... Vivaldi Browser Chrome Safari Yandex.Browser Opera Firefox Website

    Popular ad blocking web browser extension that includes an "Acceptable Ads" list enabled by default.

     

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  • AdGuard

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Chrome OS ... Android Tablet iPad Vivaldi Browser Chrome Safari Yandex.Browser Opera Firefox Website

    AdGuard is the best way to get rid of intrusive ads and online tracking, and to protect your computer from malware. Make your web surfing faster, safer and more comfortable with AdGuard!.

     

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  • uBlock Origin

    Free Web Android Microsoft Edge Vivaldi Browser Chrome ... Pale Moon Thunderbird Opera Chromium Firefox Website

    Popular and efficient blocker for Chromium, Chrome, Edge, Firefox (desktop and Android), Opera, Thunderbird. Fast and lean.

     

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  • Antivirus Software

  • Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    The Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus provides a fast cloud-based virus protection for both PCs and Macs. This lightweight product has an outgoing Firewall integrated and can be run next to another AV or another Firewall.

     

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  • Norton Anti-Theft

    Commercial Mac Windows Android Android Tablet Website

    Norton Anti-Theft helps you quickly lock and find your PC laptop, MacBook, tablet or smartphone - and protect the invaluable information contained on it - if it's ever lost or stolen. And you can use any browser, anywhere, anytime to find out where it is and who has it and to remotely lock it.

    Features

    • Locate: Tracks and maps the location of your device when anyone uses it to go online so you will know if it is lost or stolen.
    • Remote Lock: Securely locks your device to prevent strangers from using it or seeing your information.
    • Lost Notification: Displays a customizable message to anyone who finds your missing device so you can make arrangements to get it back.
    • Web Control: Works securely over the Internet, so you can easily track, locate, and lock your devices anytime, anywhere.
    • Sneak Peek: Snaps photos of anyone or anything in front of your device then saves the images to the Norton Anti-Theft Web site to help you get back your device. (Webcam devices only)

     

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  • McAfee AntiVirus Plus

    Commercial Windows Website

    McAfee Antivirus Plus protects your computer against viruses, malware, spyware, and other online threats. McAfee anti virus software includes virus scan, spyware removal, and firewall protection.

    Complete Anti-virus, Anti-spyware, and Anti-malware

    Relentless security software scans and blocks dangerous emails, risky web content, and online threats like viruses, Trojans, spyware, and rootkits.

    Real-time Safeguards

    Cybercriminals are masters of disguise. McAfee Active Protection™ immediately looks at suspicious material and determines its risk to help keep your computer secure.

    Two-way Firewall

    Extra layers of Internet security software block bad guys breaking in or sneaking out with your personal information. This traffic cop patrols nonstop to prevent malicious software from gaining access to your PC.

    Safe Searching and Shopping

    Color-coded icons next to your search results let you know before you click which sites are safe and which may install malicious code, phish for your identity, or send you spam.

    Fast Start-Up and Scan Times

    We invest in performance to help you enjoy your digital life to the limit—surfing, shopping, and socializing with minimal interruptions.
    Digital Data Shredder

    Permanently destroy sensitive files to be sure they cannot be retrieved by other users when you donate, recycle, lend or upgrade your PC.

    PC Tune-up

    Unused applications, cached browser files, and other junk slow down your PC. McAfee QuickClean software removes the clutter so your computer can keep up with your digital life.

    Exclusive Anti-bot Protection

    USB and Removable Drive Scan

    Pre-install Scan

    Many people get McAfee protection because they are already infected. To help you salvage your system, McAfee works to remove infections as our software installs.

     

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  • AVG AntiVirus

    Freemium Mac Windows Android Chrome OS Website

    AVG AntiVirus Free provides basic antivirus and antispyware protection for home users. Virus database updated every day. Includes innovative LinkScanner for web-protection.

    Real-time protection, automatic updates, low-impact background scanning for on-line threats, and instant quarantining or removal of infected files ensures maximum protection. Every interaction between your computer and the Internet is monitored, so nothing can get onto your system without your knowledge

     

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  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Chrome OS ... Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire Website

    Well established and trusted anti-malware solution to help protect against viruses, scams and privacy invasion.

     

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  • Avast Premium Security

    Commercial Windows Website

    Avast Premium Security is complete online protection for all of your computers, phones, and tablets.
    It protects against all online threats, including spoofed websites and ransomware.

     

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