With recent reports of governments spying on their citizens -- and spying on each other -- using encryption tomore
With recent reports of governments spying on their citizens -- and spying on each other -- using encryption to secure our files and communications is an important step in guarding our data and privacy.
You can find dedicated tools to encrypt files, hard drives, Internet traffic, and data stored in the cloud.
For disk encryption, Veracrypt is a free and open-source disk-encryption tool for Windows, based on the no-longer-maintained TrueCrypt tool.
If you are looking for a virtual private network, for $8.33 a month, you can run the respected IVPN on three devices -- including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android -- and get access to nearly three dozen servers in 13 regions.
For email, ProtonMail offers free end-to-end email encryption via iOS and Android apps and web-based email.
To encrypt files stored in cloud services, the free Cryptomator software handles file encryption on your side, letting you upload encrypted files to any cloud service.
For cloud storage, Mega gives you 50GB of free cloud storage space with your files encrypted and decrypted on your end, giving you control over encryption. 4TB of encrypted storage runs less than $10 a month.
For secure messaging, the free Signal communications service lets you hold end-to-end encrypted text, voice, and video chats on mobile phones and via a browser extension.
Want a secure Web browser? The free Tor Browser can help you stay secure and anonymous on the Internet.