Privacy Badger alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace Privacy Badger? During the review of Privacy Badger we looked at other open source tools. Based on their category, tags, and text, these are the ones that have the best match.

Top 3

  1. hBlock (ad blocking and tracker/malware protection)
  2. Decentraleyes (local CDN emulation for privacy)
  3. MAT (removal of metadata)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to Privacy Badger.

Alternatives (by score)

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hBlock

Introduction

For the privacy-aware users, tools like hBlock can be helpful to block malicious domains, malware, advertisements, and trackers. Trackers could be pixels added to websites to track which pages you visited, which might invade your privacy.

Project details

hBlock is written in shell script.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + Used language is shell script
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Malware protection
    • Privacy enhancement
    • Provide anonymity

    hBlock review

    63

    Decentraleyes

    Introduction

    Most websites consist of HTML show the structure of a website. Together with CSS for styling, and JavaScript for interactive functionality, the website can provide value for its visitors. Some of the used JavaScript libraries are heavy on bandwidth, so website owner may use a content delivery network (CDN). The primary goal for a CDN is to get data closer to the end-user, which results in faster downloads and increasing the performance of the website.

    Some common JavaScript libraries are used on many websites. As not every single website creator can pay the costs of a CDN, bigger companies might actually sponsor bandwidth on their CDN edge servers. While this is great from a cost perspective, it also introduces a privacy concern. The owner of the CDN can exactly see what websites a user is visiting by looking at the related requests to the CDN and the related referrer. This is where Decentraleyes comes into place, by intercepting requests to content delivery networks (CDN).

    Project details

    Decentraleyes is written in JavaScript.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Privacy enhancement

      Decentraleyes review

      63

      MAT (Metadata Anonymisation Toolkit)

      Introduction

      Many file forms store sensitive data, like a location, author name, or even the date and time. This toolkit can remove these bits of data while allowing the file to be used as before.

      Project details

      MAT is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Privacy enhancement

        MAT review

        72

        Algo VPN

        Introduction

        Algo VPN allows you to run your own VPN service using common cloud providers. Most devices do not need client software, as it uses generic VPN components. For security reasons, Algo VPN supports only IKEv2 using strong cryptographic protocols (AES-GCM, SHA2, and P-256) and WireGuard. It can block advertisements, tunnel traffic via SSH, and helps to automate configuration.

        Project details

        Algo VPN is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 50 contributors
        • + More than 9000 stars
        • + The source code of this software is available
        • - No releases on GitHub available

        Typical usage

        • Data encryption
        • Privacy enhancement

        Algo VPN review

        93

        BleachBit

        Introduction

        With the help of BleachBit, the system can be kept clean and increase privacy in the process.

        Items that can be cleaned by BleachBit include:


        • Browser cache

        • Cookies

        • Internet history

        • Temporary files

        • Log files

        The tool can 'shred' files to ensure the data can no longer be retrieved, opposed to just deleting it.

        Project details

        81

        OnionShare

        Introduction

        This tool is useful for sharing sensitive data, including information to be shared with journalists where you rather stay anonymously. It can also be helpful for sharing bigger amounts of data, without having to use a typical cloud service like Dropbox.

        Project details

        OnionShare is written in Python.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + More than 50 contributors
        • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
        • + Many releases available
        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • File sharing

          OnionShare review

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