“Everyone who can now see your entire internet history, including the taxman, DWP and…” – Independent: Thursday 24 November 2016
Foregoing the risk of being considered a ‘tin hatter‘, those with a concern about the Investigatory – Powers – Act (2016) and retention of records (logs) of their internet use and communications meta data by internet service providers (ISPs) and who then has access, may wish to mitigate against these threats and investigate the usefulness and limitations of the likes of:
- Opera browser (with a free embedded VPN)
- Tor (Anonymity Online)
- Signal (Private messaging – For iPhone and Android)
- Startpage (for web searches) and notably it’s web site/page proxy function
- Tails – Privacy for anyone anywhere
- Tutanota (more secure encrypted email)
- VPN services
Digital Security & Privacy for Human Rights Defenders
Internet Safety for Survivors of Domestic Violence (pdf)
Secure Messaging Scorecard (reference use only)
security in-a-box | tools and tactics for digital security
Tips, Tools and How-tos for Safer Online Communications
Which VPN Services Take Your Anonymity Seriously? 2016 Edition
‘Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority…to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation . . . at the hand of an intolerant society‘ – McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission (93-986), 514 U.S. 334 (1995).
Online privacy, anonymity, safety and security are not easy topics, it largely depends of your ‘threat model‘, the personal risks and the resources any adversary has, such as the State(s), a stalker or your employer for example. Therefore, nothing mentioned above should be construed as a recommendation.
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