As 2014 comes to an end, it’s a good time for consumers to be thinking about how to be even safer online in 2015.  Zack Whittaker, for Zero Day, has published his list of the best privacy tools for trying to do so (www.zdnet.com; “10 best privacy tools for staying secure online”; December 29, 2014).

His list covers an array of services with one common characteristic — they’re all open-source software.  Some of the services are free while others charge fees.  His list includes services about which I’ve previously written, e.g., DuckDuckGo (search engine) and LastPass (password manager).  Others are for encrypted voice messages (Silent Circle which charges a fee).

It’s worth taking time to read his post and it’s easy to navigate.  Just click on each screen shot and then read the short, well written narrative description of each tool.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and privacy-enhanced 2015!