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Why Location Privacy Matters

Location data says a lot about us, with or without Stingrays at work. We need to take it more seriously.

What is Device Fingerprinting?

Learn what browser fingerprinting is and how it canb e used to track you online.

How To Torrent Privately & Anonymously For Free

Learn the pros and cons of using a VPN to torrent, as well as how to use I2P to anonymously torrent for free!

VPN Drop Protection Using Simple Linux Firewall Rules

Learn how to protect against your VPN dropping using these simply Linux firewall rules

Ledger Nano S Review | Why You Need a Bitcoin Hardware Wallet

A review of the Ledger Nano S, and an explanation of why hardware wallets just make life better when using Bitcoin

What is Two Factor Authentication (2FA) And Why Use It?

What 2FA is, why you should use it, and why we need FIDO U2F.

Support The Tin Hat on Patreon!

The Tin Hat now has a few more ways to support the site.

What is a hash?

A simple explanation of what hashing is, and how hashes are used.

Trump's Toolbox | Future Attribute Screening Technology

FAST is a program that attempts to wirelessly detect whether youre a terrorist, and its in Trump's back pocket.

uBlock Origin, The Best AdBlock Alternative

For AdBlock (Plus) alternatives, look no further than uBlock Origin. This tutorial explains why, and how, you should use it.

I2P Browser Setup Tutorial | Using The Tor Browser For I2P

Learn how to browse I2P using the Tor Browser with this short guide

Privacy On Android | 2017 Android Privacy Guide

A tutorial on how to build privacy on your Android device. Learn what you need to do to stay safe and secure.

New I2P Portal For TheTinHat

TheTinHat has moved to a new server, with a new I2P hidden service to accompany it.

Rebranding 'The Dark Net'

Disassociating decentralized networks with the term 'darknets'.

In Defense of Browser-Based Email Encryption

Why I've reversed my opinion on Protonmail and Tutanota

Privacy Focused Blog Platform

A rundown of the tools I use to power my blog, hidden services.


What is The Tin Hat?

In 2013, Edward Snowden fundamentally disrupted our understandings of privacy and surveillance. The scope, scale, and intensity of modern government surveillance is tremendous to the point of appearing inescapable. Yet, government surveillance is only one concern in the information age: corporations vacuum our data to create digital doppelgangers that they hope will enable them to sell us their endless product lines. Meanwhile, the databases in which our doppelgangers rest are continually being bought, sold, and stolen, with the latter being the product of ever-more-rapid technological development at the cost of security. Indeed, we now find ourselves grasping for the shadow of privacy in the face of the modern chimera of surveillance.

Despite these challenges, privacy is not dead. Every time we are pushed closer to the wall, many have pushed back by creating tools and techniques that provide a handle on our privacy. Whether it is quantum-proof encryption or a simple add-on that blocks advertisements, there are steps we can take, however small, that limit the ability for adversaries to siphon our data. There is no silver bullet, but by continuing to develop new tools and learning how to use them we push further back in favor of privacy. The Tin Hat teaches you how to make this push by providing clear, understandable information and tutorials on modern privacy tools that help you reclaim your data.

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