Here are a list of free resources which can be used to help improve your privacy and security online.

TOR - a free service which provides (when used correctly) excellent anonymity and privacy when browsing the web. You need to install a special browser and you'll sacrifice some speed, but your connection will be private. A guide to getting started with TOR on Windows and Mac. The TOR project itself can be found at

ProtonMail - a Swiss based email service which offers excellent privacy. Basic accounts are free. A VPN, calendar and encrypted storage service are also available, but not free. Update (June 2022): ProtonMail has rebranded as Proton, and is now available at

LetsEncypt - a free, recurring and short dated (90 day) SSL cert. If you have a website, you should have an SSL certificate, so your visitors can access it via HTTPS. This website uses LetsEncrypt.

PiHole - a free tool which is run on a raspberry pi (or other server) and sinkholes most ad traffic and other trackers.

Securing Your Digital Life - Two articles by Sean Gallagher (ARS TECHNICA - 25 Oct 2021) on how to secure your digital life. Part 1 and Part 2. Well worth a read.

QubesOS - A reasonably secure operating system. QubesOS is an operating system which uses the Xen project to create multiple, independent isolated virtual machines. Qubes is free and open source, however, you need a decent bit of RAM. There is a good community who are very helpful when it comes to support.

Whonix - Whonix is a virtual machine which can be run in Windows, Mac and Linux, aimed at providing a secure mechanism to run applications anonymously over Tor. Whonix is also available in Qubes.

LibreTranslate - LibreTranslate is an open-source translation tool, which can be self-hosted or used via the web and runs on Argos Translate.

FreshRSS - FreshRSS is an open-source RSS reader which does everything that an RSS reader should do.