Your computer’s operating system is the home base for digital privacy. The OS controls everything about how data is stored and accessed. Everything you do on or offline relates back to the OS. A great start to controlling your digital privacy is using a *nix or linux based operating system. Keeping your data and activity away from the prying eyes of Microsoft and Apple and other third-party applications should be job #1. Below are a few options that range from daily driver to tin-foil-hat lock-down secure Linux operating systems.
- Tails always starts from the same clean state and everything you do disappears automatically when you shut down Tails.
- Tails includes a selection of applications to work on sensitive documents and communicate securely.
- Tor Browser with uBlock, a secure browser and an ad-blocker
- Thunderbird with Enigmail, for encrypted emails
- KeePassXC, to create and store strong passwords
- LibreOffice, an office suite
- OnionShare, to share files over Tor
- and many more!