This list is a result of years of research, discussion and trial-and-error to find the best available products for protecting your online identity.
In addition, 60 Minutes recently had a great report on the multibillion dollar data-brokering industry that collects, analyzes and sells the personal information of millions of Americans with virtually no oversight. I would highly recommend this to get a snapshot of how scary this industry really is.
1. Get a Mac.
Faster, sexier, and far less prone to attacks.
2. Get a secure email address
Lots of links to this already. I would recommend Unseen or Hushmail
3. Use WhiteHat Aviator as your browser.
WhiteHat Aviator is the Web’s most secure and private browser. You get the industry’s best and tightest security and privacy safeguards – all built-in, all activated, all ready-to-go. With every website you visit, you’re vulnerable to malicious hackers out to steal your surfing history, passwords, email access, bank account numbers, medical info, and more. And the “big browsers” don’t do enough to stop it. WhiteHat Aviator is the best and easiest way to bank, shop, browse, and use social networks while stopping viruses, advertisers, hackers, and cyber-crooks. WhiteHat also runs Disconnect, which is becoming the standard for online privacy. The browser is also very user friendly, as it is built off the Chrome platform.
4. Use MaskMe to protect your privacy
You can easily mask your email, phone, and credit card as you browse and shop on the web.
5. Use 1Password to create all your passwords.
You will not only never forget a password again, you can thwart off hacks with incredibly strong passwords like 2w6N,([egB9?ea[7$8jrmT2?79xdn#pb.. rather than abc123.
6. Get “off the grid” with Reputation.com
They offer removal and privacy protection services to protect your age, birthdate, addresses, phone numbers, property records, names of family members and etc. for law enforcement officers, judges, witness protection families, corporate executives, celebrities, high-net-worth individuals and prominent individuals.
7. Protect your identity with Lifelock
Safeguard your finances, credit and name.
8. Carry your phone in this case
This product instantly blocks all Radio-frequency signals, including RFID to and from your device
9. Get a Credit Card with a “Ghost Name” for online shopping
Talk with your bank about getting a credit card with a new name not associated to your current name. Merchants will not be able to correlate these purchases with your real name, which in turn will protect your identity from being targeted or sold.