Important info about your photos on Facebook / Facebook

We recently found and fixed an issue that may have affected some of the apps you’ve connected to Facebook. You previously gave these apps permission to access your photos on Facebook. Normally, Facebook shares photos that you have posted on your timeline to these apps, but a bug occurred between September 13 and 25, 2018, which gave developers access to other photos, such as those you may have posted to your Facebook Stories or initially uploaded but didn’t post.

An important update about Facebook’s recent security incident / Facebook

We previously announced a security incident on Facebook and want to provide an update on our investigation. We have now determined that attackers used access tokens to gain unauthorized access to account information from approximately 30 million Facebook accounts. We’re very sorry this happened. Your privacy is incredibly important to us, and we want to update you on what we’ve learned from our ongoing investigation, including which Facebook accounts are impacted, what information was accessed and what Facebook users can do about this.

10 Minute Mail / Devon Hillard

Beat spam with the best disposable e-mail service. / Cloudflare

The Internet’s fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service.
• Announcing the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service
• Sure, The Internet Is Broken. So Let’s Go Fix It, Shall We?

1Password / AgileBits

The best way to keep you and your Family, Team, and Business safe online. Go ahead. Forget your passwords.
Downloads page
1Password for Beginners
• Security is not just a feature. It’s our foundation.
• Security Whitepaper

Are you anonymous? / Gautam Krishna R

Do you think that switching to your browser’s private browsing mode or incognito mode will make you anonymous?

Becoming Anonymous / Adam Hadar

This is a 5 day free guide for the average Jane and Joe to minimize the invasion of your privacy when using the internet.

Be Internet Awesome / Google

Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world.

Click / VPRO Medialab reveals the browser events used to monitor our online behaviour.

Crytch / Moritz Ebeling and Leon Lukas Plum

Crytch is a webtool that makes private messaging fun, easy and secure.

DNS leak test / Jeremy Campbell

I decided to create this small project after realising how easy it was for DNS leaks to occur without a user’s knowledge. It is especially alarming considering that some users may have a false sense of security about their anonymity when using an anonymity service such as TOR or a VPN service.


The search engine that doesn’t track you.
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials

Firefox Monitor / Mozilla

Firefox Monitor arms you with tools to keep your personal information safe. Find out what hackers already know about you, and learn how to stay a step ahead of them.

Ghostery / Cliqz

Ghostery helps you browse smarter by giving you control over ads and tracking technologies to speed up page loads, eliminate clutter, and protect your data.

Have I Been Pwned? / Troy Hunt

Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach.
Have you been ‘pwned’ in a data breach? Troy Hunt can tell
The Legitimisation of Have I Been Pwned

InSpectre / Gibson Research Corporation

An easy to use and understand utility designed to clarify the many overlapping and confusing aspects of any Windows system’s ability to prevent the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

Internet of Things Scanner / BullGuard

Check if your Internet-connected devices at home are public on Shodan. If they are, this means they are accessible to the public, and hackers.

LastPass / LogMeIn

LastPass manages your passwords and online life, so you don’t have to.
• Downloads page
• LastPass for Beginners

Microsoft Authenticator / Microsoft

Microsoft Authenticator provides a second layer of security after your password. When logging in, you’ll enter your password, and then you’ll be asked for an additional way to prove it’s really you. Either approve the notification sent to the Microsoft Authenticator, or enter the verification code generated by the app.
Microsoft Authenticator supports multi factor authentication for work, school, and personal Microsoft accounts, as well as non-Microsoft accounts.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox is the independent, people-first browser made by Mozilla, voted the Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy.

PassProtect / Okta and Randall Degges

PassProtect is a browser plugin that makes it easy for people to discover in real-time if a password they’re using has been exposed in a data breach. With a real time notification, PassProtect quickly alerts users of unsafe passwords so they can take immediate action without compromising privacy. By using k-anonymity, PassProtect ensures no passwords are ever seen, stored, or sent over the network during the checking process. PassProtect is powered by Have I Been Pwned? and is free, open source and secure.

Password Security Info / Félix Giffard

We help you create good passwords and check if they have already been compromised. was created using the How Secure Is My Password open source script and the Have I Been Pwned? API.

PhishProtect Beta / PhishAI

Free open-source tool to protect against homograph attacks and zero-day phishing powered by AI and Computer Vision.


With the world’s largest people search engine, Pipl is the place to find the person behind the email address, social username or phone number.


The end-to-end encrypted camera app. Your photos belong to you.

ProtonMail / Proton Technologies

Secure email that respects your privacy, brought to you by CERN scientists.
• Steve Gibson and TWiT’s Leo Laporte talk about ProtonMail


Security-focused VPN developed by CERN scientists from the ProtonMail team. Enabling Internet without surveillance.
• VPN Threat Model
• Security Features
• What is Secure Core?
• Privacy Policy
Here are all the countries where the government is trying to ban VPNs
• Mozilla’s endorsement of ProtonVPN: Part 1Part 2
ProtonVPN Review / VPNpro

Shodan / John Matherly

The world’s first search engine for Internet-connected devices.

Signal / Open Whisper Systems

Privacy that fits in your pocket.

Standard Notes

Standard Notes is a safe place for your notes, thoughts, and life’s work.
• Things You Can Do With Standard Notes
Your unencrypted data never touches a hard drive with Device Storage Encryption

STARTTLS Everywhere / EFF

Secure your email server with STARTTLS Everywhere! Your email service can be insecure in numerous different ways. The service below performs a quick check of your email server’s security configuration, including whether STARTTLS is supported, and whether it may qualify for the STARTTLS Policy List.


Sync makes it easy to store, share and access your files from just about anywhere. Best of all, Sync protects your privacy with end-to-end encryption — ensuring that your data in the cloud is safe, secure and 100% private.

SyncBackFree / 2BrightSparks

The best Windows backup and synchronization program on the planet with great features and benefits at no cost.

TinEye / Idée

Search by image and find where that image appears online.

Tools From EFF’s Tech Team / EFF

EFF’s team of technologists and computer scientists engineers solutions to the problems of sneaky tracking, inconsistent encryption, and more.
HTTPS Everywhere
Privacy Badger
Surveillance Self-Defense
Security Education Companion

Tor Browser / The Tor Project

The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: It prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.
Want Tor to really work?
Tor Browser User Manual

uBlock Origin / Raymond Hill

An efficient blocker add-on for various browsers. Fast, potent, and lean.

VirusTotal / Chronicle

Analyze suspicious files and URLs to detect types of malware including viruses, worms, and trojans.

Which banned apps may have had access to my info? / Facebook

We understand we have a responsibility to protect your information. We’re taking action by investigating apps that had access to large amounts of user info before we changed our platform policies in 2014.
If we determine that an app misused info, we’ll ban it from Facebook and update the chart below [open the link above to see the chart].


Wire combines strong encryption, a rich feature set and ease-of-use in one app.
Security & Privacy


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