Tools to Protect User Privacy

The Eight-Day Data Detox Kit
Guided program to determine your data footprint and make changes to protect your information online.

HTTPS Everywhere
Browser extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.

Privacy Badger
Browser extension that blocks spying ads and invisible trackers.

Disconnect.me
Browser extension that allows users to see advertising, analytics, and social media tracking cookies. It offers the option to disable them globally or selectively. Includes whitelists, blacklists, tracking visualizations and more.

Ghostery
Browser extension that allows users to see and block advertising and social media trackers, scripts, elements and cookies, with opt-out options.

TOR Browser
Free open source browser for anonymous online viewing and communication that  makes it difficult to track users by routing online activity through a global network of relays and by encrypting your IP address.

Duck Duck Go
A search engine that doesn’t follow you or track your activity across the web.

StartPage
A search engine that offers anonymous, no-tracking searches using Google results.

Google Privacy Settings for Students
If your child’s school provides students a Google account or issues them a Chromebook, there are some important settings you can change to improve their privacy.

EPIC Online Guide to Practical Privacy Tools
Selection of privacy-enhancing tools for desktop, mobile, general networking, email and messaging, and more.

Surveillance Self Defense
Guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices.

The Privacy Paradox 
A series of five podcasts and accompanying challenges and newsletters designed to help individuals take back control over their personal information and digital identity.

Privacy Training and Education

Data Privacy Project
Initiative designed to teach NYC library staff how information travels and is shared online, what risks users commonly encounter online, and how libraries can better protect patron privacy. Its trainings help support libraries’ increasing role in empowering their communities in a digital world.

Virtual Privacy Lab – San Jose Public Library
Learn about privacy topics and generate a custom privacy toolkit geared towards your online needs. Toolkits include links, tips, and resources that empower you to customize your online identity.

Library Freedom Project
Workshops for librarians about surveillance threats, privacy rights and responsibilities, and digital tools to stop surveillance as well as digital privacy and security classes for library patrons.  Materials for the community classes are available under Creative Commons license for librarians who are ready to teach their own class.

Cryptoparty
CryptoParty is a decentralized movement with events happening all over the world. The goal is to pass on knowledge about protecting yourself in the digital space. This can include encrypted communication, preventing being tracked while browsing the web, and general security advice regarding computers and smartphones.