Cybersecurity & Privacy Resources

I recommend these cybersecurity and privacy resources. Some of the links are affiliate links, so if you click one and buy, I receive a small commission. But, you don’t pay any extra! I recommend these because they’re useful, not because of the referral fees.

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Software & Tools

LastPass: Secure password manager that you can use from any device. Collection of software and services that protect your privacy. Also links to other resources.

Browsers: Firefox, Brave, and Safari (only available on Apple devices) can be configured to do less tracking than Google Chrome.

HTTPS Everywhere: Browser extension that forces your browser to use encrypted connections whenever possible.

Privacy Badger: Browser extension that blocks third-party tracking to increase your privacy.

Have I Been Pwned? Check if any of your accounts have been compromised in a data breach.

ProtonVPN: virtual private network (VPN) that securely tunnels your traffic when you’re on an insecure network (such as public Wi-Fi) so that others on that network can’t see what you’re doing. Free and paid plans.


Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money, and Identity from Cyber Criminals by Bart R. McDonough: my top recommendation in personal cybersecurity books! It’s bursting with step-by-step advice for everyday individuals to protect their devices, networks, accounts, identities, money, and personal data.

Here’s my book review and summary.

Online Danger: How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones From the Evil Side of the Internet by Eric Cole: Practical personal cybersecurity advice. Cole explains not only how to protect yourself, but also how to protect your family, and how to help them protect themselves by teaching them a security and privacy mindset.

Here’s my book review and summary.

Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves by Adam Levin: A useful resource on minimizing your risk of identity theft. It covers both theory and practice, teaching you how to have a security and privacy mindset, and also giving specific protective steps to take, online and offline.

Here’s my book review and summary.

The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data by Kevin D. Mitnick: Packed with strategies and tactics for increasing your digital security and privacy. It instills a privacy mindset. Average computer and phone users will likely be overwhelmed; this book is most useful to those whose tech-savviness is above average.

Here’s my book review and summary.

Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman: A chilling look at a spectrum of current and future threats to digital security and privacy. The book contains some security and privacy tips, mostly in the appendix, but the focus of the book is raising awareness of digital crime in the present and future.

Here’s my book review and summary.

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier: This book is more about the politics of mass surveillance than practical tips for protecting yourself online, though it does contain some tips.


Defending Digital: Audio versions of Defending Digital posts

Naked Security: Cybersecurity podcast from anti-malware company Sophos

Loose Leaf Security: Computer security advice for the average user

Informational Sources

Defending Digital email newsletter: Get Defending Digital posts by email

Defending Digital on social media: Get digital security and privacy tips via social media

Stay Safe Online: Internet safety advice

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.: Internet safety advice

Surveillance Self-Defense: Advice and software recommendations focused on communicating privately online

ConnectSafely: Internet safety advice, with a lot of content for kids

Get Safe Online: Internet safety advice

Malwarebytes (101 category): 101-level cybersecurity and privacy advice

Cybersecurity & Privacy Guides

Defending Digital Cybersecurity & Privacy Guides: step-by-step guides to increasing your digital security and privacy on social media, your phone, and your computer