Regain some privacy online

How can you regain ownership about your data and behavior online? Here is how I did it.

Browser

My recommendation: Firefox

Install the following extensions:

Set duckduckgo as your default search engine (How To)

Email

Use a secure and privacy focused email provider (list of suggested providers).

My recommendation:

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Steps to change your email provider (to protonmail)

1. Register a new account.

Think about registering two accounts. One to use for personal and official affairs and one for spam (e.g. registering an account on an untrusted site).

2. Forward all incoming emails from your old email address/es to your new email address. (e.g. How to forward in Gmail)

3. Delete all emails saved in your old email account/s. If you want to keep emails, you can either copy/send them manually to your new email address or use the protonmail Import-Export app.

To use the protonmail Import-Export app you need a premium account. The cheapest way is to just upgrade your account to Pro for one month, which will cost you 5€ one time.

4. Change all your existing online accounts, newsletter subscriptions and etc. to you use your new email address/es.

I recommend to connect this step with the updating and upgrading of your passwords.

5. Delete your old email account/s.

Wait a few weeks/month before doing this. Maybe you forgot to change your email address somewhere important and still need the address active.

Password Manager

Always use unique, long and difficult to guess passwords for each account you own. To make your life easier handling all these passwords: Use a password manager!

My recommendation: Bitwarden

 

Cloud

My recommendation: Nextcloud

Calendar/Contacts

My recommendation: Nextcloud

Instant Messenger

My recommendation: Signal

Download: Google Play Store | Apple Store | Desktop

Why should you use Signal?
Why not WhatsApp?
Why not Telegram?

Disclaimer: By trying to keep this page short and simple, I have simplified technical descriptions and/or made pretty generalized statements. Please keep this in mind.

Google Privacy Settings

Share as less data as possible with google. Here are my recommendations for how to configure your google settings.

1. Go to your Google Dashboard

2. Change the following services:

3. Change your activity data

4. Turn Ad personalisation off