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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, inexpensive, and power-efficient 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 can also host a Wi-Fi access point, ad blocking proxy, and VPN. More advanced users can replace their router with a FreedomBox.

To set up FreedomBox at home on a specific hardware, or on your computer running Debian, may required a bit of technical expertise or help from the community. Once installed, the interface is easy to use, similar to a smart phone.

Related documentation:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. FreedomBox Interface

3.1. Screenshot

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3.2. Screencast introduction

Plinth_Introduction.webm

(36 MB, 13 Min.)

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


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