Privacy and Security Guides by avoidthehack
In depth guides for how to improve your online privacy and strengthen your cybersecurity posture.
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How to Install and Configure Ungoogled Chromium
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How to Install and Configure Ungoogled Chromium
This post was originally published on 7 OCT 2021. It has since been revised and updated. Long story short: Google Chrome sucks for privacy. Now, with that out the way, I'm here to show you how to download, install, and tweak the Ungoogled Chromium browser. Bear in mind that installing and...
16 Free and Easy-to-Use Tools to Improve Your Privacy
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16 Free and Easy-to-Use Tools to Improve Your Privacy
This post was originally published on 1 SEP 2022; it has since been updated and revised. One of the biggest sticking points commonly brought up in the privacy community is the price of privacy. As it generally goes, especially on the internet as a whole, free is not free – however, there are s...
Switching From Twitter to Mastodon
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Switching From Twitter to Mastodon
This post was originally published on 7 NOV 2022; it has since been updated and revised. avoidthehack is actively looking for tips/contributions to this guide in future updates. What is Mastodon? Mastodon is an open-source and decentralized microblogging network. Mastodon is also part of a lar...
How to Choose a VPN Provider
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How to Choose a VPN Provider
If you’re reading this post, then likely you’ve decided using a virtual private network (VPN) is “for you.” However, for any reason you have not arrived at this conclusion, reference the links in "Decide if a VPN is right for you." TABLE OF CONTENTS...
How to Get Started Using a Password Manager
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How to Get Started Using a Password Manager
Using a password manager can prove highly essential for good password management practices. Broadly speaking, password managers allow users to generate strong passwords - but most importantly they allow users to have unique passwords for their various online accounts, eliminating the need fo...
How to Configure Safari for Privacy on iOS Devices (UPDATED FOR iOS 14)
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How to Configure Safari for Privacy on iOS Devices (UPDATED FOR iOS 14)
Out of the "big" and "mainstream" browsers, which include the likes of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, Safari is slightly more secure. This how-to guide will show you how to increase your data privacy and security while using Safari. I'll also be sure to keep in mind the delicate balance of se...
How to Install Librewolf
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How to Install Librewolf
This post was originally published on 8 AUG 2021. It has since been revised and updated. When configured properly, Mozilla Firefox offers great privacy and security. However, achieving a higher level of privacy and security in Mozilla Firefox requires many tweaks across all levels. Some users...
WebRTC Leaks and Your Privacy (+ how to fix them)
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WebRTC Leaks and Your Privacy (+ how to fix them)
This post was originally published on 31 JAN 2021; it has since been updated and revised. WebRTC can prove useful when users need to use it, which is most commonly during peer-to-peer (P2P) calling in the browser. However, a critical flaw yet to be directly and adequately addressed across a...
Blocking Ads, Trackers, and Malware in Browsers, Devices, and Networks
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Blocking Ads, Trackers, and Malware in Browsers, Devices, and Networks
This post was originally published on 18 MAY 2022; it has since been updated and revised. You may hear a lot that you should block ads and trackers. But how can you block ads? Which adblockers should you use? Which adblocking method is best? This guide aims to provide information on differen...
Everything You Should Know Before Using a Password Manager
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Everything You Should Know Before Using a Password Manager
Passwords, passwords, passwords. We have so many passwords to create and remember, don't we? According to recent research conducted by NordPass, the average internet user has approximately 70 - 80 passwords to remember. No matter how you try to slice it, that's a ton of passwords to memorize...
How to Set Up Firefox for Privacy
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How to Set Up Firefox for Privacy
This post was originally published on 17 FEB 2021. It has since been updated and revised. This is a guide for tweaking the Firefox browser for enhanced online privacy. We explore the "normal" and the "advanced" tweaks here. This guide is intended for desktop users across all platforms such a...
How to Install and Configure PiHole
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How to Install and Configure PiHole
For a lot of people, the hardest part about running a PiHole is generally setting up the whole thing. This can be especially true if you're not the best networking person or are unfamiliar with the typical environment (Linux) that PiHole usually calls home. The aim of this guide is to provide...
How to Manually Install Extensions (Ungoogled Chromium)
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How to Manually Install Extensions (Ungoogled Chromium)
This post was originally published on 20 NOV 2020; it has since been updated and revised. For those who don't wish to download Chromium extensions from the Chrome Web Store, there is (fortunately) an alternative: you can install Chromium extensions manually. No Google account required. While...