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In order to replace communication services proposed by private companies mining your entire life, you will be able to activate independent services and access them from the Internet or from home only. These applications are communication services accessible from clients or browsers on your phones like chat and voice calls, calendar, address book, file or news feed sharing and synchronization, and webmail. To setup and use a spy free chat service for instance, activate the service from your administration interface and create some new users. You will then be able to offer XMPP addresses to your friends. They will instant use XMPP clients (Conversations or Xabber on Android, Pidgin on Windows and Linux, Messages on Mac OS) for encrypted communications.<<BR>> In order to replace third-party communication services data mining your entire life, you will be able to host services yourself, and use them at home or over the Internet through a browser or specialized apps. These services include chat and voice calls, calendar, webmail, file sharing, address book and news feed synchronization. For example, to start using a private chat service, activate the service from your administration interface, and add your friends as authorized users of the service. They will be able to connect to the service hosted on your !FreedomBox, using XMPP chat clients such as Conversations on Android, Pidgin on Windows and Linux, or Messages on Mac OS, for encrypted communications.<<BR>>

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FreedomBox: take your online privacy back

FreedomBox is a ready made personal server designed with privacy and data ownership in mind. It is a subset of the Debian universal operating system, and includes free software only. You can run it on a small computer box in your home, dedicated for that use. It can also be installed on any computer running Debian, or in a virtual machine.

In order to replace third-party communication services data mining your entire life, you will be able to host services yourself, and use them at home or over the Internet through a browser or specialized apps. These services include chat and voice calls, calendar, webmail, file sharing, address book and news feed synchronization. For example, to start using a private chat service, activate the service from your administration interface, and add your friends as authorized users of the service. They will be able to connect to the service hosted on your FreedomBox, using XMPP chat clients such as Conversations on Android, Pidgin on Windows and Linux, or Messages on Mac OS, for encrypted communications.

FreedomBox is also optionally a Wi-Fi router for more advanced users.

You need a bit of technical expertise or help from the community to set up FreedomBox at home on a specific inexpensive and power-efficient hardware or on your computer running Debian. But once installed, its use is similar to that of a smart phone.

Related documentation:

Easy: Private Cloud

FreedomBox provides services: to your computers and mobile devices in your home and to computers and mobile devices of other people who are your friends. FreedomBox brings file sharing like Dropbox, shared calendaring like Google or Yahoo and photo sharing. FreedomBox supplies instant messaging and truly secure voice conference calling that works on low bandwidth providing high quality. FreedomBox has a blog and wiki to let you publish your content and collaborate with the rest of the world. Coming soon, a personal email server and federated social networking using GNU Social and Diaspora, providing privacy-respecting alternatives to Gmail and Facebook.

Advanced: Smart Home Router

FreedomBox runs in a physical computer and can route your traffic. It can sit between various devices at home such as mobiles, laptops and TVs and the Internet, replacing a home wireless router. By routing traffic, FreedomBox can remove tracking advertisements and malicious web bugs before they ever reach your devices. FreedomBox can cloak your location and protect your anonymity by "onion routing" your traffic over Tor. FreedomBox provides a VPN server that you can use while you are away from home to keep your traffic secret on untrusted public wireless networks and to securely access various devices at home. It can also be carried along with your laptop and used to connect to public networks at work, school, or office to avail its services. It could be used in a village to make available digital communications throughout the village. In future, FreedomBox intends to deliver support for alternative ways of connecting to the Internet such as Mesh networks.

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(36 MB, 13 Min.)

See the features page for a full list of applications and download FreedomBox.


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