Short and sweet. You say you don't like the fact that your government is tracking you, listening to you, watching you, counting your clicks and storing your data?
Well, you can do something about it, you know.
Products have been out there for quite a while _ tested and (for the most part) open sourced _ and they work as well as or better than the mega-corpse products we all know and love (big roll eyes).
If you're willing to put in a bit of time, and you want to throw away that rather short choke chain and leash you've been on all these years, there are alternatives to Micro
chipsoft, rottenApple iOs, Face plantbook, etc etc etc. that don't facilitate Big Broseff's boundless enthusiasm for * cough * keeping us safe.
Below the squiggle, a short list with links. Prepare to be liberated.
Read it. Spread it around. Share it. If you know some useful additions not listed, add to it in the comments.
Opt out of PRISM, the NSA’s global data surveillance program. Stop reporting your online activities to the American government with these free alternatives to proprietary software.( * means either not completely open source, or not completely free, or for more advanced users )
Apple OS X
Google Chrome OS
Microsoft Internet Explorer
What follows is the list, sans direct links, of applications, browser extensions, social media alternatives, email clients and other tools that can be found on EFF's action page website: PRIZM break.
I urge you to go there and see what interests you. While not everyone is as concerned about our privacy as some of us are, at least let's make it a challenge for the mofos (yes, NSA, HBGary, politicians, Palantir, et al, I'm refering to YOU) who think all our data are belong to them.
Oh, and by the way, EFF is a non-profit that does this stuff for freedom, truth, justice, and what used to be the American way.
If you appreciate what they do for us, throw them some coin, offer them some help, give them a shout out, or otherwise show your appreciation HERE. Because they seriously rock.
(h/t long time activist, author, professor and twitter presence extraordinaire Biella Coleman.)
Fix Tracking! (Guide to stop getting tracked online)
Torbutton (Tor plugin for IceCat and Firefox) advanced*
Currently, if you are using these Web search engines
DuckDuckGo (Anonymous, unlogged web searches) partly proprietary*
Seeks Project (Open decentralized platform for collaborative search)
Startpage (Private, unlogged web searches) proprietary*
YaCy (Decentralized web search)
Currently using for Online transactions
Bitcoin (P2P digital currency with no central authority)
Currently using for Email services
Bitmessage (Encrypted, decentralized email server) beta
RiseUp (Secure and private email accounts) invite-only
For Email desktop clients
Icedove (Free version of Mozilla Thunderbird)
Mozilla Thunderbird (Open source email application) mostly free*
For Email encryption, use
Enigmail (An OpenPGP plugin for Thunderbird/Icedove)
GNU Privacy Guard (Free OpenPGP implementation)
Mailvelope (OpenPGP encryption for webmail)
WebPG (GnuPG/PGP in your browser)
For online Maps, instead of
OpenStreetMap (Free, collaborative world wide map)
Instead of these for Cloud storage
ownCloud (Cloud data in your control)
Sparkleshare (Self-hosted version control and file sync)
Tahoe-LAFS (Free and open cloud storage system)
If you Social network with these
Diaspora* (Community-run, distributed social network)
Friendica (Open source, free social web server)
GNU Social (Self-hosted, decentralized social network)
Movim (Private, decentralized social network server)
pump.io (Self-hosted social stream server)
Tent (Free, autonomous social network protocol)
For Instant messaging, instead of
AOL Instant Messenger
OS X Messages
Cryptocat (Private, encrypted online conversations)
Off-the-Record Messaging (OTR) (Install and enable in Pidgin for encrypted chat)
Pidgin (Open source chat program)
Adium Pidgin for OS X (remember to enable OTR)
RetroShare (Free, secure, P2P communications platform)
If you use these Video conferencing/VOIP programs,
Jitsi (Encrypted text and video chat)
Mumble (Encrypted, low-latency voice chat)
These Media publishing apps/sites
Can be replaced with
GNU MediaGoblin (Decentralized media publishing platform)
Piwigo (Free photo gallery platform)
WordPress (Free website/blog CMS)
Zenphoto (Free media website CMS)
If, for Document collaboration you use
You can use these instead
Ethercalc (Multi-user spreadsheet server)
Etherpad (Open source, real-time collaborative documents)
If your Web analytics choice has been
Try the alternative,
Piwik (Open source, self-hosted web analytics)
And some miscellaneous privacy apps for your Android
CSIPSimple (Free, encrypted VOIP for Android)
CyanogenMod (Aftermarket firmware for Android phones) mostly free*
Gibberbot (Private, secure OTR messaging for Android)
Orbot (Tor proxy for Android)
RedPhone (Secure private calls for Android) mostly free*
Replicant (Fully free Android distribution)
TextSecure (Secure SMS/MMS communication for Android) mostly free*
And for your iOS, instead of using
Apple iOS Messages
Apple Mobile Safari
ChatSecure (Encrypted IM for iOS)
Onion Browser (Secure browsing for iOS) $0.99
Update- Guys, I wanted to answer as many questions as I could this morning but I'm fighting a sinus infection and feel like a wet monkey stuffed into a garbage bag. If anyone wants to chime in in comments and answer queries (as some have done. thanks!) it'd be great.
Thanks all. Peace and privacy aren't bad things.