How to Control Your Privacy and Encrypt Your Data

This post is the third part of How to Stay anonymous Online series. In the first two parts of this series we have discussed how to cover your tracks and stop websites spying on you. Now in this part, I have tried to provide free internet tools and tricks to control your privacy and encrypt your data.

Control Your Privacy Settings

Privacy Manager is a Chrome add-on that lets you make changes to various privacy settings in Google's browser. Using this add-on you can turn on and off features as search suggestions, incognito mode and third party-cookies. You can also clear your cache, data from online forms and your history whenever Chrome starts and there are also separate options to manage your cookies and networks.

Google Dashboard lets you control which websites are allowed to access your Google account(you can revoke ant unwanted ones). It can also manage your Gmail chat history, YouTube search history, Gmail chat history and chrome sync settings. It's definitely worth checking regularly to see how much information is publicly available about you online.

Privacyfix is a browser add-on for Firefox and Chrome which checks your privacy setting across various websites, including Facebook and Google, and lets you quickly make changes to them.

If you use a lot of Microsoft services (such as and Bing), you can control your privacy setting at the Personal Data Dashboard. This lets you edit your profile, change your interests, topics and preferred brands, clear recent Bing searches, and view and manage newsletters and subscriptions.

Encrypt Your Data

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Lockbin offers a free and easy way to send encrypted messages from webmail services such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo Mail. Just enter your name and email address, along with those of the recipient choose a password and type your message. Tell the other person your password and type they'll be able to decrypt the email.

Cloudfogger ensures that all the data you store online remains secure. Install the app and then right-click your cloud-storage folder - for example Dropbox, Skydrive etc. - and select cloudfogger, 'Fogg folder' from the right-click menu. Now when you drop an item into the folder, it will automatically secured using 256-bit AES encryption.
Sophos Mobile Security is a free Android app that will protect your device from unsafe software you may have installed inadverently.
OpenPuff  provides an advanced and secure privacy option. It uses steganography, which is a method of hiding one file type inside another (text inside photos typically) and also requires you to use three strong passwords by default. This ensures that once something is hidden, no one but you will be able to access it.

Cryptocat is an instant-messaging platform that lets you hold private online conversations with friends. Just add the tools to your browser, launch it, and enter a nickname for yourself and the name of conversations you want to start or join.

To be continued....

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