Online tools such as VPNs, web browsers, and search engines directly impact your online security. Continue reading to find some of the tools I always recommend.
Recommended online security resources
Although this isn’t an exhaustive list of the tools I recommend to my clients, it’s enough to get you started. As always, you should carefully review any product before putting it into use for your business.
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Dissenter is a free-speech, privacy-oriented web browser produced by the developers of Gab.com.
Brave is a Chromium-based web browser with some built-in privacy and security features.
The Epic web browser is part of a growing ecosystem that includes a built-in proxy and private Yandex-based search engine (epicsearch.in). This browser blocks ads, trackers, fingerprinting, cryptomining, ultrasound signaling and more. Stop 600+ tracking attempts in an average browsing session. Only use the built-in “free” VPN if you already have a reputable VPN in use.
Based on Mozilla, Palemoon has some built-in tools that improve online safety. Unfortunately, right now, Palemoon is only available for Windows and Linux.
Why’s Vivaldi on my list? It’s a Chromium-based web browser. However, the benefits of Vivaldi lie in its powerful tab-management features such as tab stacking and tiling. If you want to make it safe, you’ll have to button it with uBlock Origin and other essential plugins.
Chrome Extensions (these work with Vivaldi):
Browser / Connection Tests:
A tool from the Electronic Frontier Foundation for testing whether your web browser is safe from tracking.
A browser fingerprinting tool.
A browser and device fingerprinting tool.
• WebRTC Leak Test (TorGuard)
• DNS Leak Test (TorGuard)
• What’s My IP? (TorGuard)
• What is my IP address? (CactusVPN)
• My IP Is
• Check My Torrent IP (TorGuard)
How to Harden Firefox
Firefox configuration hardening via the Mozilla user.js file. Takes some of the manual labor out of securing your Firefox installation.
A Firefox hardening guide from Viking VPN.
IP / Domain Trace
WhoIs lookup and other network tools.
“Safe” DNS servers
• Cloudfare 126.96.36.199 / 188.8.131.52
Adding online security to Windows
Wappalyzer is a cross-platform utility that uncovers the technologies used on websites. It detects content management systems, e-commerce platforms, web frameworks, server software, analytics tools and many more.
GTmetrix is a website that provides tools for measuring page speed. Many experts view GTmetrix as a more accurate assessment of page speed than Google’s PageSpeed Insights.
Page speed is a major SEO ranking factor for Google. This tool reports how Google measures the speed of your site. It also gives you meaningful suggestions for improving your website’s performance.
Find out what’s causing Google to bury your website in SERPs.
Get some SEO insights that other SEO audits omit.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 19, 2019. It was updated for accuracy and completeness on July 19, 2019.
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