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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 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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100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 7 – Self-Destructing Cookies Plugin

Cookies are small pieces of data a website sends to your browser to store information. It is typically used to save preferences or show you are logged into your account for example. But many cookies persist on your system and can reveal information about you and your browsing habits.

Self-Destructing Cookies can automate the removal of these cookies to help protect your privacy.

Self-Destructing Cookies automatically removes cookies when they are no longer used by open browser tabs. With the cookies, lingering sessions, as well as information used to spy on you, will be expunged. Websites will only be permitted to identify you while you actually use them and can not stalk you across the entire web. This is the closest you will get to cookieless browsing without breaking every second site or tedious micromanaging.

Tracking cookies will be detected and removed immediately. They are identified purely by their behaviour – no need for a blacklist that needs to be kept up to-date. Self-Destructing Cookies also has LocalStorage support and will treat it just like your cookie jar. Defend yourself against ETag tracking and other cache-based black-hat techniques by configuring Self-Destructing Cookies to automatically clean your cache every time you are not actively using the browser. For the first time ever, this provides a realistic chance of beating zombie-/evercookies without sacrificing usability.

Add Self-Destructing Cookies to Your Browser