Come to terms with the fact that doing something is better than nothing. Mitigating as much as you can is better than not doing anything. Come to terms you'll never be fully private. This is a mistake many privacy-focused individuals fall onto. (Honestly you better off just living in the middle of the woods without a computer if you're a privacy nut and even then you would still get spied on. Just saying.)
Don't take what I say or what others say for granted. Take this as a base and make your own research and don't forget to experiment!
Okay I use Windows, but that doesn't mean you have to. If you wanna use Win10, you can try and use some of these or check out this video to make your own Bisexual Billy (you'll need a really beefy computer), so you can be safe! Thank you Mutahar and VMs!
Debian based, for internet anonimity (not private, you can still get checked out, but they won't know it's you)
Fedora based, contains your system, keeps it secure
I used to have this one on a VM for some reason. It's very nice. Highly recommend. Like Tails, it's anonymous, but not private.
These are the ones that I tried and liked. But don't be afraid to experiment and try other ones! ('cept Arch fuck Arch)
Not only do they suck as web browsers (Explorer is what it is and Chrome is a process hog) they are owned by Microsoft and Google, who are known to mass collect info from their users. UPDATE: Edge is boderline PUP (potentially unwanted programm) and adware, since after an update there's an ad right after you turn on Windows! Scummy, Microsoft, very scummy...
Also Brave is extremely shady (bitcoin miner)... you've been warned...
Okay, Firefox isn't that good right of the bat, BUT it isn't eeeeeeevil and worst than nazis IF you follow this mitigation guide (it also has some other guides in the page. Read and meditate before doing anything, make a new user, because it is possible to fuck up real bad). Don't listen to the fools who tell you it's eeeeeeeevil and fail to tell you can turn Firefox into one of the safest browsers.
Pale Moon is a fork of an older version of Firefox, though I think it has its own engine now? A lot of privacy nuts love it and suck on its dick and forget that IT STILLS SPIES ON YOU! Like Firefox, it needs a mitigation guide that you can find here. Basically I use it on older webpages that use outdated stuff, like that Van Gogh game that used Unity webplayer. Pretty neat all things considered. Just don't use it as your main browser because it's slooow. Also the devs are dicks.
Oh no the *shivers* deep web. Eh, it isn't that bad. Seen worst stuff on the clear web. If you really want to be anonymous right of the bat this is the browser for you. Also uses Firefox as a base?? However be warned it's extremely slow. But it's a great browser nonetheless (how do you write this word?)
Yet ANOTHER fork of Firefox. Did a bit of investigation and seems like a pretty safe browser. Will check it out. Only works on Linux??
This one is open source. Also seems neat. Another one I'll check out in the future.
If you really like Google Chrome, this one is for you, cause that's what it is but cleaned of all the Google filth. Hard as balls to install if you aren't a no-life neckbeard.
Oh this one is a spying on you a tiny bit. Also needs a mitigation guide here. Chromium-based. Barely gets any updates though. Don't recommend it, but if it appeals to you go for it.
Trying to be Firefox without Firefox's shit, never heard of this guy. Apparently they want to remove about:config options?? I have no idea. Maybe give this one a shot? If you truly are an anti-Firefox fella.
Best adblock. Does it's job extremely well. You can also feed it lists by other users (or your own lists) to make it even better. However, when using this feature proceed with caution.
Here are some lists.
Blocks insecure websites. If you use Firefox, you don't need this, since Firefox blocks http sites (see not that evil).
Blocks scripts and other stuff from third parties. A bit overwhelming at first, but one (even a newb like me) can get the hang of it quickly. Highly recommended.
Stores scripts locally and connects to them. Real good, but not really necessary if you have uMatrix
Fine if you really don't want to keep messing around with uMatrix, but if you have it, it doesn't make sense keeping the two of them.
I DON'T TRUST NOSCRIPT! AND HAVE NO INTENTION OF USING IT SINCE UMATRIX DOES ITS JOB!
A bit suspicious, can give your info to third parties if asked for it... hmmm... So it can break it's promise. It's fine, but stay aware of this.
Decentralised search engine. Bit overwhelming at first. Find a nice instance and search away.
DON'T USE QWANT! IT LIES AND GOT BOUGHT RECENTLY BY A BIG COMPANY!
Messaging app that comes with some Linux distros, though you can download it anywhere. Sad because you have to convince your friends to use it (if you have them that is, clearly that's not my case haha)
A protocol to help you send messages securely. If you know Element (formerly Riot, alternative to Discord), well it uses Matrix! Honestly it's clunky, but I'll keep an eye on it.
Sorry sweeties, no email is truly secure or private. The ones who advertise as such are just using buzzwords.
Anyways, whatever you chose, use PGP.
Browser fingerprinting is a real issue. This web tool will help you be more regular (?)
URL shortener that de-referes/null-referes links