We have made this in 2015…. And yes – in 2016 we will repeat that and publish our updated list with software we think is good to share it with everyone who cares about the way they communicate in Internet or just want to keep data safe and unreachable from all the bad guys out there. We will split the helpful Software and applications in few main directions: Browsers, Chat Platforms, Encryption, PGP Emailing, Operating Systems, Add-ons:
Tor (The Onion Router)
And the winner for fully anonymous browser for 2016 is …. again Tor … Looks like that there are no better hidden network and browser than Tor. The Tor network is a group of volunteer-operated servers that allows people to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. Tor’s users employ this network by connecting through a series of virtual tunnels rather than making a direct connection, thus allowing both organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.
Along the same line, Tor is an effective censorship circumvention tool, allowing its users to reach otherwise blocked destinations or content. Tor can also be used as a building block for software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features.
You can download the latest version from their official project’s website HERE
For your daily browsing from work or University latest FireFox can offer a lot of safety features. In moment when Google Chrome failed in Incognito mode Mozilla has released a finished version of Firefox with its promised stricter Private Browsing mode.
Switch it on and you’ll get tracking protection that blocks code from those ads and social services that follow you from site to site. There’s also a central control panel on the desktop for managing privacy and security, including the option to turn tracking protection off if it’s breaking an important page.
There are a few more perks, too, depending on what platform you’re running. Desktop users now have a one-click option to mute audio in tabs, much your friends using Chrome. On Android, you can get both direct voice searching from the address bar as well as kid-safe browsing on a tablet’s restricted profile. The upgraded Firefox is available now on all platforms, so give it a shot if you’re interested in any of the new features — especially if you don’t want the internet looking over your shoulder.
For PC Only
Anonymous metadata-resistant instant messaging that just works. Ricochet is an experimental kind of instant messaging that doesn’t trust anyone with your identity, your contact list, or your communications.
- You can chat without exposing your identity (or IP address) to anyone
- Nobody can discover who your contacts are or when you talk (metadata-free!)
- There are no servers or operators that could be compromised, exposing your information.
- It’s cross-platform and easy for non-technical users.
How it works
Ricochet is a peer-to-peer instant messaging system built on the Tor Network hidden services. Your login is your hidden service address, and contacts connect to you (not an intermediate server) through Tor. The rendezvous system makes it extremely hard for anyone to learn your identity from your address. Ricochet is not affiliated with or endorsed by The Tor Project. Everything is open-source and open to contribution.
Ricochet uses the Tor network to reach your contacts without relying on messaging servers. It creates a hidden service, which is used to rendezvous with your contacts without revealing your location or IP address. Instead of a username, you get a unique address that looks like
Other Ricochet users can use this address to send a contact request – asking to be added to your contacts list. You can see when your contacts are online, and send them messages (and soon, files!). Your list of contacts is only known to your computer – never exposed to servers or network traffic monitoring. Everything is encrypted end-to-end, so only the intended recipient can decrypt it, and anonymized, so nobody knows where it’s going and where it came from.
Downloads and details HERE
Ricochet is available for Windows, OS X (10.7 or later), and as a generic Linux binary package. Visit the releases page for the latest version and change-log.
All releases and signatures are also available at https://ricochet.im/releases/.
Binaries are PGP signed by
9032 CAE4 CBFA 933A 5A21 45D5 FF97 C53F 183C 045D.
Building from source
See BUILDING for Linux, OS X, and Windows build instructions.
Linux, Windows and OS X
What is it…
Tor Messenger is a cross-platform chat program that aims to be secure by default and sends all of its traffic over Tor.
It supports a wide variety of transport networks, including Jabber (XMPP), IRC, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, Twitter, Yahoo, and others; enables Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging automatically; and has an easy-to-use graphical user interface localized into multiple languages.
What it isn’t…
Tor Messenger builds on the networks you are familiar with, so that you can continue communicating in a way your contacts are willing and able to do. This has traditionally been in a client-server model, meaning that your metadata (specifically the relationships between contacts) can be logged by the server. However, your route to the server will be hidden because you are communicating over Tor.
Details and Downloads HERE
Tox Protocol Chat Clients – qTox, µTox, Antox and others versions
Some people call it Underground Skype. Tox provides an easy to use application that allows you to connect with friends and family without anyone else listening in. While other big-name services require you to pay for features, Tox is totally free and comes without advertising. Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely. Tox is a free messenger and licensed under GNU GPLv3. He also support secured text messages (NSA can’t read your messages), audio and video calls, group chat. Tox is very easy to use and don’t require strong programming skills. If you can use Skype, it’s not a problem to use Tox – without ads and pays. Nothing complicated, just click on contact and write a message or make a call. Tox support Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS and Android.
All download links you can find here.
Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging service that focuses on privacy and multi-platform availability. Telegram clients exist for both mobile (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Ubuntu Touch) and desktop systems (Windows, OS X, Linux). Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers and files of any type up to 1.5 GB in size. Telegram also provides optional end-to-end encrypted messaging with self-destruct timers.
Telegram is supported by the Russian-born entrepreneur Pavel Durov, who is now living in exile. Its client-side code is open-source software, whereas its server-side code is closed-sourced and proprietary. The service also provides APIs to independent developers.
In September 2015, Telegram’s Pavel Durov stated that he had no issues with terrorists using the app, as privacy is paramount and terrorists will always find another way to communicate. Telegram has been recommended by the terrorist organizationISIL and in October 2015 they were able to double the number of followers of their official channel to 9,000. In November 2015, Telegram announced that it had blocked 78 public channels linked to ISIL, based on reports to the company’s abuse email. Telegram’s public channels allow broadcasting messages to an unlimited number of people and were used by the IS to spread propaganda. Telegram did nothing to the non-public channels, because of their privacy, and said it will not even process any requests regarding them. Telegram also made sure to distinguish public ISIS channels from public channels, that violate local restrictions on freedom of speech.
Download Telegram HERE
Signal – Encrypted Messages and Voice Calls
“Use anything by Open Whisper System” – Edward Snowden, Whistleblower and privacy advocate
Signal is developed by Open Whisper Systems, a nonprofit software group that develops collaborative Open Source projects with a mission to “make private communication simple”. The group consists of a large community of volunteer Open Source contributors, as well as a small team of dedicated grant-funded developers. Open Whisper Systems is funded by a combination of donations and grants, and all of its products are published as free and open-source software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3.
What is Signal Desktop?
- It is a simplified client for sending Signal private instant messages using your keyboard.
- All messages sent through Signal Desktop are private and sent over the internet.
- Signal Desktop links with your Android device. iOS support is coming soon.
Why use it?
- You’ll be able to privately message any other Signal user, just as you do from your Android Phone.
- Messages will seamlessly sync between your Android phone and desktop client.
- No more typing with just your thumbs on your Android Phone when you arrive at home or work. You can comfortably chat using your full desktop or laptop keyboard.
- If you start a conversation on the Desktop and need to move around, just pick up your Android phone and continue messaging from there.
Who can I message?
- Send and receive Signal private messages to any other Signal users.
What else should I know?
- You can not send or receive SMS/MMS from the desktop client.
- Messages will only be sent over the internet.
- All messages through Signal Desktop are private.
Details and Downloads HERE
After fresh audit of version 7.1 TruCrypt is not in the black list. Last year many users of the encrypting software TrueCrypt was asking only one question: TrueCrypt, secure or insecure? YES
A group of Ten auditors from the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology has conducted a six-month audit of TrueCrypt under contract from the German Government. The researchers have expressed a positive opinion of the popular freeware utility used for on-the-fly encryption (OTFE).
The news here is that there are two new forks of this well-known crypto tool:
CipherShed is using for base the same famous TruCrypt version 7.1. As of June 2014, there is also a software fork named CipherShed, with resources and infrastructure funded by
truecrypt.ch, developed by
CipherShed.org, and audited by a crowdfunded security audit team.
Downloads and details HERE
VeraCrypt is a fork of and a successor to TrueCrypt, which ceased development last year (more on them later.) The development team claims they’ve addressed some of the issues that were raised during TrueCrypt’s initial security audit, and like the original, it’s free, with versions available for Windows, OS X, and Linux. If you’re looking for a file encryption tool that works like and reminds you of TrueCrypt but isn’t exactly TrueCrypt, this is it. VeraCrypt supports AES (the most commonly used), TwoFish, and Serpent encryption ciphers, supports the creation of hidden, encrypted volumes within other volumes. Its code is available to review, although it’s not strictly open source (because so much of its codebase came from TrueCrypt.) The tool is also under constant development, with regular security updates and an independent audit in the planning stages (according to the developers.)
Those of you who nominated VeraCrypt praised it for being an on-the-fly encryption tool, as in your files are only decrypted when they’re needed and they’re encrypted at rest at all other times, and most notably for being the spiritual (if not almost literal) successor to TrueCrypt. Many of you praised them for being a strong tool that’s simple to use and to the point, even if it’s lacking a good-looking interface or tons of bells and whistles. You also noted that VeraCrypt may not support TrueCrypt files and containers, but can convert them to its own format, which makes moving to it easy. You can read more HERE
Enigmail for Thunderbird
Enigmail is an add-on to the mail client of Mozilla Thunderbird and SeaMonkey allowing users to access the authentication and encryption features provided by GnuPG. Thus Enigmail enables Mozilla Thunderbird and SeaMonkey to send and receive digitally signed and/or encrypted messages using the OpenPGP standard.
In order to provide the crypto-features, Enigmail requires GnuPG to be installed. We recommend GnuPG version 2.x; GnuPG 1.4.x is considered legacy and support for it will be dropped soon. Minimum versions required are 1.4.9 or 2.0.9, but we recommend the latest versions of GnuPG as they contain security fixes. If your operating system does not supply GnuPG by itself, you may download GnuPG for Windows or other systems.
If you still use GnuPG 1.4.x, we recommend you upgrade to GnuPG 2.0.x.
More details and Downloads HERE.
Gpg4win is an installer for Windows and contains several Free Software components. Gpg4win enables users to securely transport emails and files with the help of encryption and digital signatures. Encryption protects the contents against an unwanted party reading it. Digital signatures make sure that it was not modified and comes from a specific sender.
Gpg4win supports both relevant cryptography standards, OpenPGP and S/MIME (X.509), and is the official GnuPG distribution for Windows. It is maintained by the developers of GnuPG. Gpg4win and the software included with Gpg4win are Free Software (Open Source; among other things free of charge for all commercial and non-commercial purposes).
Creation of Gpg4win was supported by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).
More details and Downloads HERE
Tails is the best freedom Operating system developed till present days.
Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to:
- use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship;
all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network;
- leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly;
- use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.
More details and Downloads HERE
An efficient blocker: easy on memory and CPU footprint, and yet can load and enforce thousands more filters than other popular blockers out there. Illustrated overview of its efficiency: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/uBlock-vs.-ABP:-efficiency-compared.
Usage: The big power button in the popup is to permanently disable/enable uBlock for the current web site. It applies to the current web site only, it is not a global power button.
More details and Downloads HERE
HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
Encrypt the web: Install HTTPS Everywhere today. HTTPS Everywhere is produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted HTTP, or fill encrypted pages with links that go back to the unencrypted site. The HTTPS Everywhere extension fixes these problems by using clever technology to rewrite requests to these sites to HTTPS.
Details and Downloads HERE
And at the end just a friendly advice:
Check from time to time the webpage of The Electronic Frontier Foundation. These are the good guys working day and night to make our communications and data storage safer. They risking there freedom because of you. If you want to know more for them just regularly visit their page. You will find the latest versions and a lot of updates of the topic called Internet Security.
Shanomag wish you a safe and clean 2016. Less malware and less spies….