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 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 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...
15 Free and Easy-to-Use Tools to Improve Your Privacy
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15 Free and Easy-to-Use Tools to Improve Your Privacy
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 some privacy tools available out there that require little technical know-how and in their mos...
How to Block Ads & Trackers in Browsers, Devices, and Networks (A Comprehensive Guide)
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How to Block Ads & Trackers in Browsers, Devices, and Networks (A Comprehensive Guide)
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 different adblocking solutions that can hopefully help you in eliminating privacy-invasive ads and tra...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...