This is the thread where I'll shill some high encrypted products, services, or just privacy oriented alternatives and gear I'm fond of or that I'm looking forward to premiering. If you have any of your own, share them please. First up is the Black Phone. A phone that comes from the mind of Phil Zimmerman that guy who invented PGP encryption, an encryption method that even to this day there are no mathematical or computational means of cracking. The phone's not bad on that front either. It went to Def Con and it was discovered that the only way to root the phone is for the hacker to have physical access to the device among a few other requirements; this may not sound like much but every other phone on the market was hacked remotely. Though it's certainly not cheap at around $600 A review: It's worth noting that the Blackphone 2 is out and is supposedly more secure than its predecessor. Then there's Protonmail, a free encrypted email alternative to Gmail. The email service was funded through indieGoGo and easily surpassed its initial goal of $100,000.00, raising a total of $550,000. The email service is mostly for those who are interested in privacy but don't have the technical know-how to mess around with PGP. It can communicate with Gmail and other email providers with the option to send encrypted mail and the option to turn encryption off; all the keys and such are handled by the Protonmail itself with no user interaction required. There's a two step process for logging in, entering one's username and password followed by entering a mailbox password that decrypts all of your mail before being allowed into the account. The mailbox password is not known to Protonmail so there's no way for them to recover it if one forgets it. Unlike the BlackPhone though, ProtonMail is free and doesn't require much know how; if you can use Gmail, you can use ProtonMail. Random internet privacy stuff: For FireFox users, there's HTTPS everywhere. It forces websites that have the option to default to the more secure HTTPS version. It's really something simple and I don't see a reason against having it installed. There's also Adblock and NoScript to consider. NoScript especially since it allows you to block unnecessary third party scripts that run on websites. Privacy badger is similar to Noscript and it also works on google Chrome unlike noscript. For search engines, I think Startpage, Ixquick, and DuckDuckGo are nice. They don't record your IP address or log all of your searches into a database someplace. They also use SSL by default. I think more relevant than ever with how many people have been doxxed left and right are VPNs. They mask your IP address with another so your location is hidden. Private Internet Access is a pretty good one, though it's not free. It costs around $40 a year. No logging of activity and AES-256 with RSA-4096 for really good protection. For an alternative to Skype, there's Jitsi. It's open source code which I'm always glad to see. It's also encrypted by default and more secure than Skype which is notorious for how easy it is from which to harvest IP addresses. Then there's some basic real life gear that's handy like the Silent Pocket. It's a wallet that blocks RFID signals. I think it's a worthwhile investment. The wallets range from $20-$40 and with how technology is advancing and how easy it is to acquire RFID scanning devices (many are just smart phones with the apps) I think it's better to be safe than sorry. It's mostly to keep credit cards and driver's licenses secure from RFID scanning. The leader in privacy and security cases that block wireless signal Anyways this is becoming a long post. I'm sure I forgot some stuff I like so I'll post more later. I just think this is becoming a more important topic since CISA was passed. House Passes U.S Budget Deal; Includes Cybersecurity Provision 1984 is on its way so if you value your privacy, you should take some easy measures to protect it.