Ensuring that your online privacy is good enough is not expensive. There is no need to invest in servers to self-host your password manager or to build a cloud storage solution. However, this is recommended if you have the time and resources, you can get a long way on a budget.
Here are three free and low-cost tips to ensure good privacy.
You might have someone starting your webcam to spy on you. This is very simple for someone with the intention. A webcam cover like this gives you the simple option of sliding it open when you want to use it and shutting it close when not in use. Get yours here
Have you noticed that if you plug in a headset with a microphone in the audio jack the preferred mic is the one on the headset? With a mic-lock, you trick your computer or phone to think it is connected to a headset and your device microphone is muted. Someone could be eavesdropping on your conversations or listening to your surroundings to determine where you are. Order here.
Usually, I would never recommend a free VPN; there is a reason they are free (being that YOU are the product). In the case of ProtonVPN, the situation is different. The Swiss-based privacy company has built a fast and reliable VPN that you can use for free. The free version is limited so you might consider upgrading to the paid version. But for 0 cost per month, you can set up a safe virtual private network at home. Download here.
Using these three tips you are a long way into making your online life more private. You are now invisible, muted and hidden.
In addition, there are plenty of tools out there to use that ensure even stronger privacy, see a comprehensive list of privacy tools here. And, if you want to upgrade devices such as your router, or get more control over your home network, these privacy devices are recommended.