100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 11 – Mailvelope for Encrypting Email

Mailvelope is a Firefox plugin to add PGP encryption to any webmail provider. PGP stand for Pretty Good Privacy and is a standard means of public key cryptography. This plugin allows you to use it without the need for using an email client.

You can also use Mailvelope to encrypt files.

When you visit a common webmail provider you will see the Mailvelope icon in the compose box:

This will open the Mailvelope editor to compose message in. The reason is to secure it from the email provider prior to encryption.

Add Mailvelope to Your Browser

Detailed Install and Usage Instructions

100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 10 – Using SearX for Privacy Friendly Search

Let’s face it. Search engines collect a lot of information about us to use for advertising and other reasons. For those trying to have privacy it can be tough going. We have covered DuckDuckGo in our first day’s post. But wanted to get into more detail. A good option for search is using a SearX installation or even run your own.

SearX is what is referred to as a Meta Search Engine allowing you to search multiple engine like Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo and more. You can go into preferences and choose which search engines to use. Along with having great files, news, and social media search options.

By using an installation that does not log visitors you are able to search all major resources without them building profiles on you or saving your search history. All searches look like they come from the SearX install.

Try SearX on https://cryptocartel.com

(Tor hidden service: http://wscvq7ru5saua556.onion)

See Day 2 for more on Tor.

100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 9 – Blocking Ads on Entire Network with Pi-Hole

Everyone nowadays uses some sort of ad-blocking plugin in their browser. But the issue with many is they use up local system resources blocking the ads. Making everything slower, which is counterproductive. A more efficient and cleaner way is to get yourself a Raspberry Pi and install Pi-Hole on it.

A Raspberry Pi is a small very affordable computer sold for hobbyist, teaching, and projects. There are a lot of fun projects that can be done with them.

What you’ll need for this project:

For this project I suggest installing Raspian Lite as the base OS.

How to get Raspian on your Micro-SD card

Now that you have your card loaded you can enter the boot partition of the card and add an empty file named “ssh” (no extension). This will enable SSH when you boot the card in the Raspberry Pi. Once done with this step eject your card and insert it in the Raspberry Pi. Plug in the Cat-5 cable to your router and plug in the power (micro-usb) cable last. You will see it booting up with lights flashing. After a few minutes check your router to see what IP address the Raspberry Pi listed in the web interface. Everyone’s routers are different so going into that is beyond the realm of this howto. Searching should get you any info you need on this.

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