xenmaster's privacy tools

Inspired by the privacytools.io project, this list is dedicated to providing information on any and all tools one can use to increase one's privacy and anonymity on the web.

Alex Ruiz
Alex RuizList by Alex Ruiz, last updated 2020-07-04
  1. operating systems

    The following are the most secure operating systems available. Tails is great for a lack of permanence whereas qubes gives the user the power to craft multiple desktop operating systems, including anonymous whonix instances.

  2. Tails icon

    The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian 9 based live CD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The product ships with several Internet applications, including web browser, IRC client, mail client...

    • Operating System
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Electrum
    • Tor Browser Bundle
    • GNOME
    • Tor
    • VeraCrypt
    • Thunderbird
    • ...
    Tails screenshot 1
  3. Qubes OS icon

    Qubes is an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing.

    • ...
    Qubes OS screenshot 1
  4. Whonix icon

    Whonix is a desktop operating system designed for advanced security and privacy. Whonix mitigates the threat of common attack vectors while maintaining usability. Online anonymity is realized via fail-safe, automatic, and desktop-wide use of the Tor network.

    • ...
    Whonix Desktop Environment
  5. pfSense icon

    pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall, and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package...

    • ...
    pfSense screenshot 1
  6. Webservices

    Websites used to support anonymity and privacy.

    .onion services available for duckduckgo, write.as, and njal.la anonaddy, cryptpad, write.as, standardnotes, and framadrop can all be self-hosted mullvad, cryptpad, protonmail, and standardnotes include robust encryption Orange Website, ProtonMail, Njal.la and Mullvad are a paid services, but accept cryptocurrency (btc). Mullvad does not even require registration!

  7. DuckDuckGo icon

    DuckDuckGo is an alternative search engine that has rich features, respects your privacy, and is built from free/open-source software.

    • Web Search Engine
    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • F-Droid
    • Yandex.Browser
    • Tor
    • Opera
    • Firefox
    • ...
    DuckDuckGo Homepage
  8. Proton Mail icon

    Secure email with absolutely no compromises, brought to you by MIT and CERN scientists.

    • WebMail Provider
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Tor
    • ...
    Proton Mail screenshot 1
  9. addy.io icon

    Open-source anonymous email forwarding, create unlimited email aliases for free.

    • Disposable Email Service
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • Self-Hosted
    • Google Chrome
    • F-Droid
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Manage aliases from the dashboard
  10. Mullvad icon

    Mullvad is a VPN service that helps keep your online activity, identity, and location private.

    • VPN Service
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • F-Droid
    • WireGuard
    • Qubes OS
    • Tor
    • OpenWrt
    • Tomato
    • IPFire
    • pfSense
    • OpenVPN
    • DD-WRT
    • ...
    Mullvad screenshot 1
  11. Quad9 icon

    Quad9 is a free, recursive, anycast DNS platform that provides end users robust security protections, high-performance, and privacy.

    • ...
  12. CryptPad icon

    CryptPad is a private-by-design alternative to popular office tools and cloud services. All the content stored on CryptPad is encrypted before being sent, which means nobody can access your data unless you give them the keys.

    • Office Suite
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • ...
    Instance homepage
  13. Write.as icon

    Write.as lets you write and publish text instantly. Write a note for yourself to read later. Create a standalone article you can quickly broadcast on social media — or publish a full blog.

    • Blog Publishing Tool
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Kindle Fire
    • ...
    Write.as screenshot 1
  14. Framadrop icon

    Framadrop is a free online service that allows you to share files in a confidential and secure way.

    • ...
    Framadrop screenshot 1
  15. Framadate icon

    Framadate is an online service for planning an appointment or making a decision quickly and easily. No registration is required.

    • ...
    Framadate screenshot 1
  16. OrangeWebsite icon

    OrangeWebsite is an Iceland-based web host with 24/7 customer service that has been offering high-quality web hosting solutions to customers from over 100 different countries with privacy, free speech and security as priorities since since 2009.

    • ...
  17. Njalla icon

    Njalla only needs your email or a jabber address in order to register a domain name. Created by people from The Pirate Bay. Accepted Payments: Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, DASH, Bitcoin Cash and PayPal. A privacy-aware domain registration service.

    • ...
    Njalla screenshot 1
  18. Forget icon

    Forget is a service that automatically deletes your old posts that everyone has forgotten about. Shouldn't databases forget too?.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • Mastodon
    • Twitter
    • ...
  19. JustDelete.me icon

    A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services. Find out how to delete your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn accounts and more.

    • Privacy Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome
    • ...
    JustDelete.me screenshot 1
  20. Bisq icon

    Desktop peer-to-peer (P2P) application that allows you to buy and sell bitcoins in exchange for fiat (national currencies), or alternative crypto currencies

    • ...
    Bisq screenshot 1
  21. desktop software

    Crossplatform software that is ideal for safeguarding data at rest and in transit. Note that the mobile software Signal also has a desktop version.

    .onion services available for tor browser and onionshare veracrypt, gnupg, 7zip, and keepass all use robust encryption

  22. VeraCrypt icon

    VeraCrypt is a free and libre source (open source) disk encryption software brought to you by https://www.idrix.fr

    • ...
    Langage
  23. Tor Browser icon

    The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning...

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • OpenBSD
    • ...
    Tor Browser screenshot 1
  24. Thunderbird icon

    Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail, news and instant messaging client. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox.

    • Email Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    Thunderbird screenshot 1
  25. GnuPG icon

    GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key management system as well as access modules for all kinds of public key directories. GnuPG, also known as GPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • Xfce
    • OpenPGP
    • ...
    GnuPG Shell running GnuPG on Windows
  26. 7-Zip icon

    File archiver with a high compression ratio.

    • File Archiver
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • ReactOS
    • ...
    Main Window
  27. OnionShare icon

    OnionShare is an open source tool that lets you securely and anonymously share files, host websites, and chat with friends using the Tor network.

    • ...
    OnionShare screenshot 1
  28. KeePassXC icon

    KeePassXC is a community fork of KeePassX, the cross-platform port of KeePass for Windows. Every feature is cross-platform and tested to give users the same feel on each operating system, including the loved auto-type feature.

    • Password Manager
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Welcome Screen
  29. mat2 icon

    mat2 is a metadata removal tool, supporting a wide range of commonly used file formats, written in python3: at its core, it's a library, used by an eponymous command-line interface, as well as several file manager extensions.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Python
    • ...
  30. Mobile Apps

    Mobile apps that is ideal for safeguarding data at rest and in transit. Note that mullvad now has a mobile app available from F-Droid.

    Tor functionality allowed by tor-browser, status and briar. etesync, nextcloud, and standard-notes can all be self-hosted signal, status, jami, briar, and standard-notes include robust encryption Hushed and Mullvad are a paid services, but accept cryptocurrency (btc). Mullvad does not even require registration!

  31. Signal icon

    Signal is a messaging app with an unexpected focus on privacy, combined with all the features expected from a modern IM app. Signal has received a lot of praise from all around the world for its security and privacy-respecting technologies.

    • Instant Messenger
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
    • ...
    Signal screenshot 1
  32. DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser icon

    Seamlessly take control of your personal information, no matter where the Internet takes you.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser screenshot 1
    DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser screenshot 2
    DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser screenshot 3
  33. NetGuard icon

    NetGuard provides simple and advanced ways to block access to the internet - no root required.

    • Firewall
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    NetGuard screenshot 1
    NetGuard screenshot 2
    NetGuard screenshot 3
  34. Fedilab icon

    Fedilab is a multifunctional Android client to access the distributed Fediverse, consisting of micro blogging, photo sharing and video hosting.

    • ...
    Fedilab screenshot 1
    Fedilab screenshot 2
    Fedilab screenshot 3
  35. Status icon

    Status combines a private messenger, secure crypto wallet, and Ethereum Web3 DApp browser into one powerful communication tool. Chat with friends and growing communities. Buy, sell, store, and exchange digital assets.

    • Instant Messenger
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • F-Droid
    • APK Downloader
    • ...
    Status screenshot 1
    Status screenshot 2
    Status screenshot 3
  36. Standard Notes icon

    Standard Notes is a simple and private notes app. It allows you to write and sync your notes across all your devices, iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, MacOS, and web browser.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Standard Notes screenshot 1
  37. Briar icon

    An open-source decentralized and encrypted messaging app even without internet connection via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Messages are stored securely on your device, not in the cloud. Connect directly with nearby contacts - no Internet access is required.

    • ...
    Briar screenshot 1
    Briar screenshot 2
    Briar screenshot 3
  38. Jami icon

    Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement

    • ...
    Jami video conference OS X
  39. Manyverse icon

    Manyverse is a social network app using the SSB protocol (Secure Scuttlebutt) where you can write posts and share with friends nearby or over the internet. It's different from mainstream social networks because your data is yours, it lives on your phone, not in the cloud.

    • ...
    Manyverse screenshot 1
    Manyverse screenshot 2
    Manyverse screenshot 3
  40. Aegis Authenticator icon

    Aegis Authenticator is a free, secure and open source app to manage your 2-step verification tokens for your online services.

    • ...
    Aegis Authenticator screenshot 1
    Aegis Authenticator screenshot 2
    Aegis Authenticator screenshot 3
  41. EteSync icon

    Secure, end-to-end encrypted, and privacy respecting sync for your contacts, calendars and tasks. Everything is encrypted on the client-side and all the code (client and server) is open source.

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Etebase
    • ...
    EteSync screenshot 1
    EteSync screenshot 2
    EteSync screenshot 3
  42. Nextcloud icon

    You should have full control over your data. We help you achieve that: a safe home for all your data. Secure, under your control and developed in an open, transparent and trustworthy way. We are Nextcloud.

    • Cloud Storage Service
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Cloudron
    • ...
    Simple and powerful file sync & share
  43. Hushed icon

    The best private phone number app for ANY occasion when you need a different number to call and text with – get local numbers from over 60+ countries, make private calls, send anonymous texts, hide your caller id with a fake phone number, or even manage multiple lines for your...

    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • ...
    Hushed screenshot 1
    Hushed screenshot 2
    Hushed screenshot 3
  44. browser extensions

    If you are using Firefox, you can use these addons to ensure that your data is relatively safe and that you do not have social media following you around the net. If you are not using firefox, start.

  45. Firefox Multi-account Containers icon

    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.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Firefox Multi-account Containers screenshot 1
  46. Temporary Containers icon

    Easily open disposable containers that isolate attached data and are deleted after usage: Fully automatic, based on navigation-target, for certain websites, with configured mouse clicks on links or just by using the toolbar icon.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Temporary Containers screenshot 1
  47. NoScript icon

    The NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Seamonkey and other mozilla-based browsers: this free, open source add-on allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice (e.g. your online bank).

    • Ad Blocker
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Google Chrome
    • SeaMonkey
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Diablog of blocked scripts
  48. ClearURLs icon

    This extension will automatically remove tracking elements from URLs to help protect your privacy when browse through the Internet.

    • ...
    ClearURLs screenshot 1
  49. uBlock Origin icon

    An efficient blocker for Chromium and Firefox. Fast and lean.

    • Ad Blocker
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Pale Moon
    • Thunderbird
    • Opera
    • Node.JS
    • Chromium
    • Firefox
    • ...
    uBlock Origin screenshot 1
  50. Decentraleyes icon

    Protects you against tracking through "free", centralized, content delivery. It prevents a lot of requests from reaching networks like Google Hosted Libraries, and serves local files to keep sites from breaking. Complements regular content blockers.

    • Privacy Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Google Chrome
    • Pale Moon
    • Opera
    • Chromium
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Decentraleyes screenshot 1
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This list was created by Alex Ruiz Jul 3, 2020 and was last updated Jul 4, 2020. The list has 52 apps.

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