Privacy Opt-Out & Security

Have you done a Web search for your name to see how much of your personal data is public?

Big Ass Data Broker Opt-Out List by Yael Grauer

Security Planner by Consumer Reports – Keep Your Data Secure With a Personalized Plan.

Data Brokers – A Call for Transparency and Accountability by U.S. Federal Trade Commission (PDF)

Security Guide of the Tech Worker Handbook

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

The Best VPN Service By David Huerta and Yael Grauer

VPN Testing Reveals Poor Privacy and Security Practices, Hyperbolic Claims by Consumer Reports

Security and Privacy of VPNs Running on Windows 10 by Consumer Reports (PDF)

Privacy Tools

  • privacytools.io provides knowledge and tools to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance.
  • Panopticlick will analyze how well your browser and add-ons protect you against online tracking techniques.
  • IP/DNS Detect – What is your IP, what is your DNS, what information is sent to websites?
  • DNS Leak Test – When using an anonymity or privacy service, it is extremely important that all traffic originating from your computer is routed through the anonymity network. If any traffic leaks outside of the secure connection to the network, any adversary monitoring your traffic will be able to log your activity.
  • DNS Nameserver Spoofability Test: Can you trust your Domain Name Servers?

uBlock Origin

Disconnect

NoScript

  • NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Flock, 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), and provides the most powerful Anti-Cross-site scripting (XSS) protection available in a browser.
  • As NoScript requires user interaction to train it, you may want to do the following:
    1. Install uBlock Origin
    2. Install NoScript
    3. Go into Add-ons Manager > Extensions
    4. Disable NoScript, but, choose “No, just stop blocking scripts” when you see the Security Downgrade Warning.