Into the Cyberverse

The ultimate list of apps/services for better Security, Privacy & Anonymity; Defense against Surveillance.

What sets this list apart is its commitment to authenticity:

  • No Sponsorship: Choices are made without commercial bias.
  • No Affiliate Links: Purely user-benefit-focused.
  • No Brand Deals: Independent and unbiased evaluations.

Strict criteria ensure the tools prioritize user welfare and software quality:

  • Opensource Preference: Prioritizing transparent and community-driven software.
  • Cross-Platform Availability: Emphasizing tools usable across multiple systems.
  • Active Development and Security Updates: Selecting only actively maintained tools with regular security enhancements.
  • Proven Track Record: Requiring a history of reliability and positive feedback.
Sooraj  Sathyanarayanan
Sooraj SathyanarayananList by Sooraj Sathyanarayanan, last updated 2024-05-07
  1. Check for Breaches

  2. Have I been pwned? icon

    Website repository that checks what sites your email address was used on were compromised.

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  3. Data Broker Removal Tool

  4. Mozilla Monitor icon

    Mozilla Monitor arms you with tools to keep your personal information safe. Find out what hackers already know about you and learn how to stay a step ahead of them.

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  5. DeleteMe icon

    DeleteMe Removes Your Personal Information From Data Brokers Like Spokeo, Been Verified and White For 8 years running, DeleteMe is the most trusted information removal service.

    • Privacy Tool
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
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  6. Permission Slip icon

    Permission Slip helps you control the data companies have about you. It’s no secret that companies are collecting, buying and selling data about us. Swipe through companies and start taking action. We’ll show you what data companies collect so you can set boundaries and regain...

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  7. Websites, Apps & Files Safety Check

  8. VirusTotal icon

    VirusTotal is an online service that allows users to scan files and URLs for malwares using multiple antivirus engines. It provides additional information about each scanned file and offers a premium API for integration into other security products and services. It is a valuable resource for quickly checking the reputation of files and URLs and for community-driven collaboration on identifying malware.

    Acquired by Google in 2012.

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    Homepage
  9. Blacklight Privacy Inspector icon

    Who is peeking over your shoulder while you work, watch videos, learn, explore, and shop on the internet? Enter the address of any website, and Blacklight will scan it and reveal the specific user-tracking technologies on the site—and who’s getting your data.

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  10. Exodus Privacy icon

    Exodus Privacy lets you know what trackers are embedded in apps installed on your smartphone. It lets you also know the permissions required by any apps on your smartphone. It helps you take your privacy back!

    • Privacy Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
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    Web UI
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  11. Dangerzone icon

    Take potentially dangerous PDFs, office documents, or images and convert them to safe PDFs

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
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  12. Miscellaneous

  13. kycnot.me icon

    KYCnot.me offers listings of no-KYC crypto services for privacy-focused users. It features reviews and scores on exchanges and wallets that allow anonymous trading and transactions with Bitcoin and Monero, ensuring user privacy and decentralized financial interactions.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
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  14. 12ft Ladder icon

    Bypass any paywall by prefixing 12ft.io/ to the URL of any paywalled page.

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  15. PrivateBin icon

    PrivateBin is a minimalist, open source online pastebin where the server has zero knowledge of pasted data.

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    This is a bootstrap CSS based PrivateBin template and the default as of 0.20:
  16. silent.link icon

    Get global mobile 4G/5G Internet access and burner UK +44 SMS number instantly and privately on any modern eSIM-compatible smartphone.

    • Online
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  17. Sandbox

  18. SquareX icon

    SquareX keeps you safe, anonymous, and private online! Instead of blocking access to files and websites, SquareX allows you to open suspicious or malicious files and sites fearlessly.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Brave
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    Be Fearless Online
  19. Device Integrity Checker

  20. GrapheneOS Auditor icon

    Auditor is an app which leverages hardware security features to provide device integrity monitoring for supported devices. Currently, it only works with GrapheneOS and the device's stock operating system.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
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  21. Mobile Verification Toolkit icon

    The Mobile Verification Toolkit (MVT) is a powerful, open-source tool developed by Amnesty International's Security Lab to facilitate the consensual forensic analysis of Android and iOS devices. Its primary purpose is to help identify potential signs of compromise, such as...

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Mac
    • Windows
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  22. iVerify icon

    Great security audit tool for mobile. Part of the Pegasus project. Set it and forget it. Has a widget.

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • iPhone
    • iPad
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  23. Keyboard

  24. HeliBoard icon

    HeliBoard is a fork of OpenBoard , continuing the project from where it stopped.

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  25. FlorisBoard icon

    FlorisBoard is an open-source keyboard aimed at providing you with an easy way to type while respecting your privacy.

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  26. Browser Comparison & Tests

  27. PrivacyTests.org icon

    Open-source tests of web browser privacy.

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  28. Cover Your Tracks icon

    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.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
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  29. BrowserLeaks.com icon

    BrowserLeaks.com is a website that checks how much private information your web browser is leaking about you. This includes your IP address, unique fonts, screen resolution, operating system, battery status, etc. Advice is given on how to fix this.

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  30. Device Info icon

    Device Info is a web browser security testing, privacy testing, and troubleshooting tool.

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  31. Browsers

  32. Brave icon

    Brave Web Browser is a fast, free, secure web browser with a built-in ad blocker*, tracking and security protection, and optimized data and battery experience.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
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  33. Mullvad Browser icon

    The Mullvad Browser is a privacy-focused web browser developed in a collaboration between Mullvad VPN and the Tor Project. It’s designed to minimize tracking and fingerprinting. You could say it’s a Tor Browser to use without the Tor Network.

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  34. LibreWolf icon

    This project is an independent fork of Firefox, with the primary goals of privacy security and user freedom. It is the community run successor to LibreFox

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • AppImageHub
    • Linux Mint
    • Arch Linux
    • Gentoo Linux
    • Flathub
    • Fedora
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
    • OpenBSD
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    Homeage
  35. Firefox Focus icon

    Firefox Focus is the Mozilla-made browser that considers your privacy first and foremost. By default, it blocks ad-trackers and it helps keep things secure by providing easy ways to clear your browsing history, including passwords and cookies.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
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  36. Mozilla Firefox icon

    A free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite. Firefox is highly extensible, with thousands of third-party add-ons available.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Gecko
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    Startpage
  37. Browser Extensions

  38. 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
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  39. Terms of Service; Didn't Read icon

    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.

    • Privacy Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Tor
    • Opera
    • Firefox
    • Brave
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • iPhone
    • Mac
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    Ratings examples
  40. 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
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  41. Facebook Container icon

    Facebook Container works by isolating your Facebook identity into a separate container that makes it harder for Facebook to track your visits to other websites with third-party cookies.

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  42. 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
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    Diablog of blocked scripts
  43. Fakespot icon

    Fakespot helps smart shoppers make informed decisions: it allows you to easily and instantly analyze Amazon and Yelp product reviews.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Firefox
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  44. Search Engines

    Check out searchengine.party for a comprehensive comparison of search engines

  45. Brave Search icon

    Brave Search is built on top of a completely independent index, and doesn’t track users, their searches, or their clicks.

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  46. Mojeek icon

    Mojeek is the world's alternative search engine, and was the first ever search engine to have a non-tracking privacy policy. Unlike the majority of other search engines, Mojeek is completely independent, meaning that their web search results come solely from their own index of over 6.5bn pages.

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  47. DuckDuckGo icon

    DuckDuckGo: Privacy-Centric Search Engine with Rich Features

    • Zero-click Info: Displays useful information at the top of search results, providing quick answers.
    • Enhanced Privacy: Guarantees no user tracking, ensuring your search history remains private.
    • Goodies: Offers instant answers, !bang shortcuts for direct searching on other sites, and customizable settings.
    • Less Spam: Filters out websites that primarily contain ads, enhancing the search experience.

    On March 9, 2022, the CEO Weinberg tweeted that DuckDuckGo will down-rank sites associated with Russian disinformation, a move which some users criticized as censorship and a violation of the search engine's commitment to "unbiased search."

    • Web Search Engine
    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • F-Droid
    • Yandex.Browser
    • Tor
    • Opera
    • Firefox
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    DuckDuckGo Homepage
  48. Startpage icon
    • Private Search: Uses Google's search results while stripping away trackers and logs for maximum privacy.
    • No Targeted Ads: Search without ads following you or suggesting products based on your history.
    • No Personal Data Storage: Does not collect, store, or share any personal information.
    • Anonymous View: Visit search results privately, avoiding cookies and trackers.

    In October 2019, Privacy One Group, owned by adtech company System1, acquired a majority stake in Startpage but, according to the company, its "founders may unilaterally reject any potential technical change that could negatively affect user privacy".

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  49. SearXNG icon

    SearXNG is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from various search services and databases. Users are neither tracked nor profiled.

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  50. Artificial Intelligence

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This list was created by Sooraj Sathyanarayanan Dec 20, 2022 and was last updated May 7, 2024. The list has 191 apps.

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Sp00n
CommentMar 19, 2024

Worth adding Prosopo Procaptcha imo

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Sooraj Sathyanarayanan

At first glance, it looks good! Do any prominent players in the privacy space use them? For example, Signal uses hCaptcha.

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privacyperspective
CommentApr 15, 2023

You should tell more about Startpage and DDG, not only tell a drama that happened. Even if people don't care about the drama, they wouldn't use them, because they dont know anything about them. :)

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Sooraj Sathyanarayanan

Thanks for your input. Updated!

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Darlene Sonalder
CommentJan 10, 2023

Why not Notes Nook ?

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Sooraj Sathyanarayanan

I will look into it! Thanks for the recommendation :)

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TheEmperorArt
CommentJan 3, 2023

I'd add Obsidian for Notes.

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Sooraj Sathyanarayanan

Some points to consider to be on the list:

  • opensource are given top preference
  • end-to-end encrypted
  • Cross-platform
  • active development + security updates
  • Great track record

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TheEmperorArt

it is Cross-platform and actively updated. you can find open-source plugins for obsidian that encrypt your files locally. Sync is end-to-end encrypted.

I'd add it to the notes section imo.

also Logseq is an open source alt to Obsidian but still a wip at this time.

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