• Gmail – Provides a full-featured suite of tools and is encrypted, except for on premises at Google. I would use this at minimum and ProtonMail for everything you want more private or secure.
  • ProtonMail – email that is encrypted end-to-end without ads and has advanced privacy and security features. Unfortunately, it is not a full Google suite replacement as it does not have calendaring, docs, etc…Yet.


  • Wire – cross-platform end-to-end encrypted messaging, phone, video with advanced privacy, security, and downright fun features. Does not do SMS at this time. View in Android or Apple stores.


  • Signal – cross-platform end-to-end encrypted texting/SMS. This fills the gap where Wire is lacking. View in Android or Apple stores.

Content Filtering (safe web browsing)

  • OpenDNS – sends web site name requests to their servers first for fast lookup and content check. Free and relatively simple to setup.
  • StartPage – Private and secure web searching. Utilizes Google, so you don’t have to give up quality mainstream search algorithms.
  • uBlock Origin – Efficient and effective ad blocker. Link for Chrome is here. Firefox is here. IE here.

Packet Capture Tools

  • Cloudshark – web-based packet capture repository, tagging system, and more
  • Sonar – insert marker(s) into capture file
  • Wireshark – the standard in packet capture software

Security and Privacy

  • Mike Bazzell’s links:
    He is a leading expert in the field and has one of the best lists of security and privacy related links I’ve found. Much of what I recommend on this site comes from his writings and community.
  • webkay – Great way to test what sites can learn about you through your browser.

Storage / Backup

Online (Cloud)

I personally don’t trust anything Microsoft, Google, or Apple for my personal files, data, photos, etc.

  • CrashPlan – Unlimited data. Limited number of devices.
  • iDrive – 5 GB free / 1TB Personal. Backs up all of your devices (including mobile). Has a “sync” drive like dropbox that is free with your plan and doubles your storage.
  • OwnCloud – Host your own “cloud” storage on your PC or server at home. Requires some technical skill, but the reward is private and secure storage.

more to come…