If you’re a regular Lifehacker reader you know we think security is pretty important, but you might not be aware of how cool it can be. If you’re looking to upgrade to secret agent mode, here are ten great ways to do it.
Thanks to LawyerCT for bringing this topic up on /r/technology. She also provided a list of the top sites online that hold data on you. I decided to go ahead and use this list to collect removal procedures from ALL of these websites and provide direct links or instructions to do so. The following list was provided as being the “big boys”, so if you remove your name from these ones then all the smaller “sites” should fall afterwards.
With the growth of social networking, blogging and the Web in general, personal privacy is becoming harder and harder to find. Fortunately, the open source community has developed a variety of tools to help you protect yourself from threats like these. Here are 60 open source projects that can help you keep your identity and your personal information safe. Note that these are not listed in order of their quality or usefulness – instead, they’re organized into various categories.
If you need to have an encrypted, private chat but don’t have the tools handy to do so, you can just use Cryptocat. While anyone will be able to enter the chatroom if they know its name, nobody without your secret key will be able to see what you’re saying. To get started, you choose a chatroom name on the Cryptocat site and then share that name with anyone you want to talk to. You’ll also need a secret key that both you and anyone else in the conversation knows. If your key matches the key of someone else, your chat messages will be revealed to one another. If not, they’ll just show up as “encrypted.”