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Break free of PRISM with the EFFs PRISM Break site

by Rob Zwetsloot

Avoid Prism and the NSA with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s guide to maintaining your privacy – comprised of free and open source software

A lot of people have been worried about their privacy since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on American government spying. A list of companies has been made public that allegedly store your data in such a way that allows for the USA’s NSA branch to easily access it. As a reaction to this the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has put together a website with software and service alternatives to help increase your privacy, with a focus on FOSS and Linux.

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Specific Linux distros are suggested for keeping your information private

The website is broken up into categories – operating system, web browsers, email clients, search engines, cloud storage services, etc. The offending companies and products are listed, with the alternatives and a short description placed in the same categories. As well as a great way to ensure your privacy, a lot of the recommended software is excellent for anyone looking to move to Linux or a more free software orientated set-up.

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    • user

      I’ve yet to find a browser on Slackware capable of rendering this page in a readable format. At the moment I have a panel offering adverts and a subscription to the magazine hovering over the page content. Nothing will move it – Opera, rekonq, firefox, konqueror and sea monkey cannot render this page properly. So as to my opinion on the article? No idea, I haven’t read it yet and at this rate, I may never get to do so.

    • C’est moi

      I agree with the ‘user’ who mentioned his browsers run in Slackware Linux .. I’m having exactly the same problem with my browsers in Arch Linux ..

      I haven’t been able to read anything either – the right hand frame turns into a bunch of graphics objects and allows only reducing and enlarging functions from the cursor ..

    • zqwerty

      Use this link:

    • Rob Zwetsloot

      We’ve fixed the issue now – we added an image incorrectly to the story which was messing up some browsers. Our apologies!

    • Bruce Ying

      Does Ubuntu belong to the GNU/Linux category?

    • Bruce Ying

      I was not aware that the link below is provided by clicking on the GNU/Linux label on

    • Rob Zwetsloot

      No, as the online search function is insecure

    • Carolanne Wright

      Anyone know why Lavabit email wasn’t mentioned?

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    • Carolanne Wright

      Thanks for the reply. Sounds as though the new email service from StartPage might be a better option once it’s up and running.