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All the privacy apps you should have downloaded in 2020

Mashable 18 Dec 2020 11:00
Privacy isn't a given. Take it.
Privacy isn't a given. Take it.
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In case there were any lingering doubts, 2020 swooped in hard to remind us all that life is now mediated through devices. The ongoing pandemic, the murder of George Floyd and resultant Black Lives Matters protests, and the still-in-progress attempt to overturn the will of the American people: We've navigated these public health and political upheavals, with varying degrees of success, through screens. 

But simply because we're more dependent on phones now than in years past doesn't mean the contents of that digital-forward life is anyone's business besides the person who's living it. Thankfully, there are apps to help ensure that what should be private stays that way. 

From messaging to web browsing to email, to open-source camera apps that watch for overzealous authorities pawing through your stuff, phones have the potential to be more than just surveillance-enabling tools

Below is a list of apps that you should have downloaded in 2020. Your privacy doesn't need to be another casualty of a brutal year. These apps will help you protect it.

Importantly, there are some iOS-specific limitations that Onion Browser is quick to highlight. For example, this is not a virtual private network, and some services you use might still be able to figure out who you are.

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