Do you like this site? Then please link to us!
FREE services & software to protect your privacy while online and offline.
|The Web is one place where it actually may be a good idea to be paranoid, because "they" may really be watching you. Many people surf around unaware that they might be leaving a trail of information about themselves scattered across the Net.
Every time you visit a site, it's possible that you're leaving a trail of personal data. When you surf the Web, send E-mail or post to newsgroups, be sure to protect your privacy.
The free services and freeware programs listed below will help you keep your privacy while online and offline. Please send us E-mail if you're aware of any such free services that we haven't listed below.
- Orisis.Net - Here, you can sign up for a free, anonymous E-mail account. You get five megabytes of space and POP3 E-mail is supported. You may send out as many E-mails (of any size) per day as you like, but spamming is not allowed.
- ZoneAlarm 2.0 - If you have DSL or a cable modem, you may have heard about the security problems that these types of "always-on" connections pose. An essential free firewall program, ZoneAlarm offers your computer protection against thieves, snoops and vandals. ZoneAlarm includes five interlocking security services, including a "Stealth Mode," which renders your computer invisible to the Web (and potential intruders). (1.5 megabytes). For Windows 98/95/2000 and NT.
- PrivacyX - Did you know that every E-mail that you send can be accessed and read by people (other than the intended recipient) even months after it has been sent? This free new service offers you complete privacy and anonymity with all your E-mail correspondence. And since it's a POP3 server (not Web-based), you can use it with any E-mail client.
- ChatBUDDY - Are you concerned about your privacy when you are chatting on ICQ or IRC? ChatBUDDY is a freeware encryption tool that will secure your communications, using Blowfish (a powerful, free encryption algorithm). ChatBUDDY also offers handy features such as password protection and session key management. 217 kilobytes. (For Windows 98/95).
- JBoot - This handy free utility will secure your PC's contents against unwanted prying eyes while you're away. Think of it as a MasterLock for your computer. It's only 52 kilobytes in size. (Requires Windows 95/98.)
- SpacePROXY - This free service allows you to surf the Web anonymously and protects your privacy, by hiding your IP addresses from the sites that you visit. SpacePROXY is similar to Anonymizer.com (except that it's free and requires no registration). SpacePROXY now displays a pop-up ad every time you load a new page, which makes using this service cumbersome.
- HushMail - Are you worried about the privacy of your E-mail? You should be, given the security woes that plague E-mail these days. A free Web-based E-mail service, HushMail offers 1024-bit technology encryption for your messages and attachments. (Note that your recipient must also be a HushMail user for you to take advantage of the 1024-bit encryption feature). Service is available in English, French and German. For Windows. A Mac version is promised in the "near future."
- ProxyMate - This is a free new service that lets you use "community" and personalized services on the Web while also preserving your privacy. ProxyMate is a proxy-based service so it requires no downloads and is transparent to your normal Web browsing. It also offers an "E-mail Filter," that can help you fight spam. Easy to set up.
- IDzap.com - Are you worried about your privacy on the Web? Here's a new free, anonymous Web surfing service that is easy to use. IDzap.com
- ZipLip - Do you need to send a confidential E-mail? If you're worried about snoops taking a peek at your message, then try this free service. ZipLip uses advanced SSL encryption techniques that protect your confidentiality. When you send a E-mail from ZipLip, it is protected by a password that is stored in an encrypted format. Only when your recipient supplies the correct password is your message decrypted and delivered to the recipient.
- Cryptext - Need a quick, easy way to encrypt files on your computer? Just install Cryptext and whenever you right-click on a file, you'll get a pop-up menu that lets you easily encrypt or decrypt it with one click. This freeware utility "uses a combination of SHA-1 and RC4 to encrypt files using a 160-bit key" (which is geek speak for saying that it renders your files unreadable to snoops). 129 kilobytes. (For Windows 98/95/NT). Available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese language versions
- ScramDisk - Here's a new, freeware hard drive encryption program that's a must if you have data on your PC that must be kept secure. ScramDisk creates an "envelope" on your hard drive that can be "mounted" as a virtual disk when you enter the correct password. All data written to this disk is encrypted and can't be acccessed without the password. ScramDisk supports several encryption algorithms, including Blowfish, IDEA and Triple-DES. For Windows 98/95. (Since it was developed in Britain, ScramDisk is not subject to U.S. export law).
- Ebuse - Here's a free anonymous E-mail service that
is simple to use and convenient and lets you send messages, even if you don't have an E-mail address of your own. No spamming allowed. Ebuse is now requiring you to register (it's free) before using the service. We've had reports from visitors that their mail was not delivered, using this service.
- BCWipe - Although most people don't know it, simply deleting a file from your computer does not permanently erase the file. If you have sensitive data on your computer that you'd like to permanently get rid of, then you need this helpful utility from Finland. BCWipe will securely delete files from your hard disk. BCWipe is free for non-commercial and non-govermental use. (For Windows 95/98/NT).
- RPK InvisiMail - This is a free standards-based E-mail security add-in for POP3/SMTP Internet E-mail software and Internet gateway servers. With RPK InvisiMail you can easily and transparently send and receive E-mail messages securely over the Internet and have "complete trust" in your Internet communications. RPK InvisiMail acts as a proxy, or system service through which all E-mail traffic passes, and it automatically encrypts or decrypts each message. RPK has worldwide strong encryption, so it is not subject to U.S. government regulation. 1.69 megabytes. (For Windows 95/98).
- Pretty Good Privacy freeware version - A free encryption software program that is the de-facto global standard for E-mail and file privacy. Pretty Good Privacy (or PGP) offers full-strength, 128-bit encryption. PGP has constantly been upgraded over the years and now offers loads of useful features, including secure file wiping; advanced keyserver searching; and seamless integration with Qualcomm's popular Eudora E-mail client. There's also an E-mail plugin for Microsoft Outlook/Exchange and Claris Emailer. Available for Windows, Macs, DOS and Unix. (Free for noncommercial use only).
- U.S. law prohibits export of PGP to non-U.S. residents. However, there is now an "International" version of PGP, compiled and developed outside the U.S., which is available for non-U.S. residents to download. It's available here.
- Anonymizer - A very useful site that lets you surf without leaving a trail of personal information about yourself across the Web. This service offers unlimited free trial access. Anonymizer also offer a free anonymous E-mail service. Anonymizer is offered in English, French, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish.
- Interfree Anonymizer - This service lets you surf the Web anonymously. It works by loading the document identified by the URL you have specified. Because the document is loaded by the Interfree Anonymizer's server, the site that holds the document will not be able to determine any information about you. You may "test" this service free of charge.
- Whisper 32 - Is the process of keeping up with all your passwords driving you crazy? Then check out this useful freeware utility. Whisper 32 stores all your passwords in one file and offers password protection. Your data files are encrypted "using a robust public domain private-key encryption algorithm." Whisper 32 also offers automatic backups and a built-in password generator. (For Win 95/98 & NT).
Links last verified April, 2000. If you find a dead link or would like to submit a new link,
please send us an E-mail.