6 Products That Will Protect Your Privacy

There are ways for privacy-obsessed users to leave as little a trace as possible when venturing into cyberspace.

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Privacy protection

While complete anonymity these days is nearly impossible, experts have some tips, and tools, they recommend for maintaining privacy and keeping your digital footprint as minimal as possible.

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Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

This VPN offering from AnchorFree Inc. allows users to send encrypted data over previously unencrypted networks. It provides private and secure Web browsing, and is available for Mac, Windows, iPhone/iPad and Android devices. Hotspot Shield creates an encrypted tunnel between computers and the vendor’s servers to let users conduct online activities anonymously.

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Abine Blur

A product from Abine that lets users protect their online passwords, payments and personal information online, on any device. Blur integrates with all browsers, and gives users the option to go online without ever being tracked or providing personal information such as email, phone numbers, or credit cards numbers to online retailers.

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Places by Ansamb

Places by Ansamb

Founded by a team of PhDs in computer science and cognitive psychology, Places by Ansamb is a private file-sharing and messaging platform that began beta test in January 2015. It’s available on Linux, Apple OS X and Windows, and provides automatically encrypted video calling using the highest level of encryption.

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OX Guard

An email security tool from Open-Xchange that’s designed to bring simple encryption of data and communication without the need for prior knowledge of cryptography procedures or techniques. It protects against unauthorized access to email and files during storage and delivery to other email service providers.

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Tor Project


Originally designed, implemented and deployed as a project for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for the primary purpose of protecting government communications, today Tor is used for a variety of purposes by individuals, the military, journalists, law enforcement officers and others. It’s a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet.

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The Guardian Project

The Guardian Project

This effort creates easy-to-use secure mobile apps, open-source software libraries and customized mobile devices that can be used around the world by anyone looking to protect their communications and personal data from intrusion, interception and monitoring.

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