Security Tools

The Security Tools section of Open Source Internet provides the best free online tools and services for staying secure while online. This includes tools for: enhancing privacy, surfing anonymously, disposable email, temporary email, encrypted communication, self destructing messages, and online file backup services.

HTTPS Everywhere

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Privacy Tools - HTTPS EverywhereVisit Site: HTTPS Everywhere

Cost: Free

Comments: Free browser extension that encrypts web traffic.

Description: HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.

Hide My Ass!

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Anonymity - Hide My Ass!Visit Site: Hide My Ass!

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free web-based proxy and premium services available.

Description: Use our free proxy to hide your identity and location (IP address) from hackers and snoopers online, encrypt your internet traffic, conceal your internet history from colleagues and others, and access some blocked content at home and abroad.

Spotflux

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Privacy Tools - SpotfluxVisit Site: Spotflux

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium versions available.

Description: Spotflux is the best way to protect and enhance your internet connection. It performs millions of cloud-based real-time calculations, encrypts and compresses your mobile internet traffic. Spotflux works across all your devices.

Ghostery

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Privacy Tools - GhosteryVisit Site: Ghostery

Cost: Free

Comments: Free extension that provides data on tracking companies.

Description: Ghostery shows you the invisible web – cookies, tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons—and gives you a roll-call of over 1,900 ad networks, behavioural data providers, web publishers and other companies interested in your activity.

DoNotTrackMe

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Privacy Tools - DoNotTrackMeVisit Site: DoNotTrackMe

Cost: Free

Comments: Free tool that blocks online tracking companies.

Description: DoNotTrackMe automatically blocks these tracking companies – ad networks, social networks, and sneaky data collection companies – from tracking your browsing behind the scenes. DoNotTrackMe has blocked over 1 trillion attempts to track millions of users’ browsing and actively blocks over 600 of these companies.

AVG PrivacyFix

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Privacy Tools - PrivacyFixVisit Site: AVG PrivacyFix

Cost: Free

Comments: Free privacy settings manager.

Description: AVG PrivacyFix is your online privacy dashboard. It’s a family of apps that put the control of your online data where it belongs: in your hands.

TorChat

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Encrypted Comms - TorChatVisit Site: TorChat

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source instant messenger for Tor.

Description: Decentralized anonymous instant messenger on top of Tor Hidden Services.

Riseup

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Encrypted Comms - RiseupVisit Site: Riseup

Cost: Free

Comments: Free encrypted email service.

Description: Riseup provides online communication tools for people and groups working on liberatory social change. We are a project to create democratic alternatives and practice self-determination by controlling our own secure means of communications.

Off-the-Record Messaging

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Encrypted Comms - Off-the-RecordVisit Site: Off-the-Record Messaging

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source encrypted communication tool.

Description: Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging allows you to have private conversations over instant messaging

Enlocked

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Encrypted Comms - EnlockedVisit Site: Enlocked

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium accounts available.

Description: Founded in 2011 by a team of information technology and security veterans, Enlocked is quickly becoming the solution of choice for professionals across a range of industries

10 Minute Mail

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Disposable Email - 10 Minute MailVisit Site: 10 Minute Mail

Cost: Free

Comments: Free disposable email address.

Description: By clicking on the link, you will be given a temporary e-mail address. Any e-mails sent to that address will show up automatically on the web page. You can read them, click on links, and even reply to them. The e-mail address will expire after 10 minutes.

Melt Mail

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Disposable Email - Melt MailVisit Site: Melt Mail

Cost: Free

Comments: Free temporary email forwarding service.

Description: Melt Mail is the famous temporary e-mail forwarding service. Avoid SPAM by using this disposable e-mail address application. It’s free and you can use it also on your iOS or Android mobile device.

TrashMail

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Disposable Email - TrashMailVisit Site: TrashMail

Cost: Free

Comments: Free disposable email service.

Description: Create a disposable email address! It’s really easy to use: Create a new email address on trashmail.com. All mails to this address will be forwarded to your real email address for a number of times you can set up on the following form.

Tor

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Anonymity - TorVisit Site: Tor

Cost: Free

Comments: Free anonymity software.

Description: Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.

Tails

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Anonymity - TailsVisit Site: Tails

Cost: Free

Comments: Free portable OS used in conjunction with Tor.

Description: Tails is a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leaving no trace unless you ask it to explicitly.

Alkasir

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Anonymity - AlkasirVisit Site: Alkasir

Cost: Free

Comments: Free web proxy.

Description: In a nutshell, alkasir is a program that works together with its website (https://alkasir.com) and proxy servers to allow users to circumvent (bypass) censorship of URLs. It is predominantly used by persons in countries where there is censorship of political content such as news, opinion articles, blog entries, forum discussions, political videos, etc.

Advanced Onion Router

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Anonymity - Advanced Onion Router

Visit Site: Advanced Onion Router

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source alternative to Tor.

Description: Advanced Onion Router is a portable client for the OR network and is intended to be an improved alternative for Tor+Vidalia+Privoxy bundle for Windows users.

CyberGhost

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Anonymity - CyberGhostVisit Site: CyberGhost

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium versions available.

Description: CyberGhost VPN lets you surf anonymously by hiding your IP address and replacing it with that of the server you choose to connect to, making it impossible for hackers, third parties or other organizations to track you or meddle in your business.

Collusion

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Privacy Tools - CollusionVisit Site: Collusion

Cost: Free

Comments: Free Firefox extension that allows you to see the third party sites tracking you. (see Disconnect for Chrome and Safari)

Description: Collusion is an experimental add-on for Firefox and allows you to see all the third parties that are tracking your movements across the Web. It will show, in real time, how that data creates a spider-web of interaction between companies and other trackers.

Disconnect

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Privacy Tools - DisconnectVisit Site: Disconnect

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source app that blocks third party trackers.

Description: Disconnect puts you in control of your data for faster, more private, more secure browsing. And unlike other filtering apps, Disconnect is optimized for speed. Pages use 17 percent less bandwidth and load 27 percent faster with Disconnect.

Stay Invisible

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Privacy Tools - Stay InvisibleVisit Site: Stay Invisible

Cost: Free

Comments: Free tool that analyzes browser uniqueness.

Description: Online privacy test to analyze what does your browser reveal to websites, in addition to your IP address. Allows to check your default Internet connection and connections protected with “hide my IP” services like proxy or VPN – often with shocking results.

NAI Consumer Opt-Out

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Privacy Tools - NAIVisit Site: NAI Consumer Opt-Out

Cost: Free

Comments: Free tool for opting out of third party tracking.

Description: The NAI opt-out tool was developed in conjunction with our members for the express purpose of allowing consumers to “opt out” of the Interest-Based Advertising delivered by our members.

RequestPolicy

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RequestPolicyVisit Site: RequestPolicy

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source Firefox extension to control cross-site requests.

Description: With RequestPolicy installed, you will see a new flag icon normally at the top-right of your browser. This flag turns red when RequestPolicy has blocked requests from the current website you are viewing.

Privacy Check

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Privacy Tools - Privacy CheckVisit Site: Privacy Check

Cost: Free

Comments: Free tool to view account information that Facebook provides to third party sites.

Description: This page shows you what information the Facebook API provides to sites that you log into. It should highlight if you have left any of your personal information open for everyone to see.

PrivacySucks

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Privacy Tools - PrivacysucksVisit Site: PrivacySucks

Cost: Free

Comments: Free tool that analyzes browser uniqueness.

Description: This projects aims to wake up everybody’s concern about online privacy in general and about the browsers we use in particular. We are collecting all the techniques that could be used in order to track us, spy on us or deprive us of our privacy.

Browzar

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Privacy Tools - BrowzarVisit Site: Browzar

Cost: Free

Comments: Free private web browser.

Description: Browzar is an IE shell browser that allows you to surf the internet with privacy. It doesn’t save any cache, history, cookies or use auto-complete, it protects your privacy while you are online.

AccountKiller

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Privacy Tools - AccountKillerVisit Site: AccountKiller

Cost: Free

Comments: Provides instructions for account deactivation of major sites.

Description: Do you care about your personal data? We provide instructions to remove your account or public profile on most popular websites, including Skype, Facebook, Windows Live, Hotmail/Live, Twitter, MSN/Messenger, Google and many more.

ViCheck

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Privacy Tools - ViCheckVisit Site: ViCheck

Cost: Free

Comments: Free email header analysis tool.

Description: This utility takes an email as input and extracts the originating IP address and attempts to lookup the geographic location.

Defensio

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Privacy Tools - DefensioVisit Site: Defensio

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium plans available.

Description: Backed by the power of Websense® , Defensio™ provides superior security against threats targeting social media, along with improved management and control of content posted on any site.

Zesty

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Privacy Tools - ZestyVisit Site: Zesty

Cost: Free

Comments: Free tool to view your publicly visible information on Facebook.

Description: What does Facebook publish about you and your friends? Any information you see is visible to anyone on the Internet through normal use of the Facebook Graph API. Facebook apps used by you or your friends might see more. Learn more about how to control what you share.