What Is The Tin Hat?

Privacy is hard. With ever-increasing amounts of data being collected about us through an ever-widening set of methods, fighting back against surveillance often seems like a lost cause. The goal of this site is to convince you otherwise; it is to show that meaningful privacy is both achievable and desirable. Through tutorials walking you through privacy-preserving technologies, and articles discussing issues surrounding privacy, surveillance, big-data, and technology, TheTinHat.com is a site that helps you find shelter from surveillance.

How You Can Support The Site

Like the site? There are a variety of ways to help me create more content:

  • Patreon: support me directly on Patreon by donating every time I write a new post
  • NordVPN: use my affiliate link whenever purchasing VPN service from NordVPN and get 3 years of service for $2.75 per month!
  • Spideroak: use promo-code TheTinHat15 for Spideroak to get discounted private cloud storage that is locally encrypted while supporting me at the same time!
  • Bitcoin, Litecoin, & Paypal: Feel like my content is worth a quick tip? Send whatever you think it's worth using Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Paypal. See below to find out how to get stickers in return!
  • Or just follow me on Twitter and Facebook

Why Support Me? Because you want to support my ability to write content for the site. My content will always be free, but earning income from my work on the site enables me to focus more attention to it, resulting in more content. The server that the site is running on also powers a Tor relay and a high bandwidth I2P router, so you're supporting those as well.


Rep TheTinHat.com on your laptop, coffee mug, or wherever else you can slap a sticker onto. Send enough to cover printing and shipping (minimum $4), and I'll send some stickers your way! Just tip me with Paypal and leave your name and shipping address as a note, or email me your name, shipping address and your Bitcoin/Litecoin transaction information. See above for Bitcoin/Litecoin addresses.

Stickers are printed by Stickermule and are durable, water resistant vinyl that measure 1.73" x 2" and 2" x 2.78".


Email: David [/AT/] TheTinHat [\DOT\] com

Preferred method of contact. Email from ProtonMail users will automatically be encrypted. I am no longer using PGP. If higher security communication is required, please request to chat through Ricochet and I will provide a Ricochet ID.

Please note that I do not publish guest posts.

Alternatively, just message me through Twitter.

Who Am I?

It's only ethical that I clearly describe my qualifications. While I do deal with the theoretical and social implications of surveillance in my professional life, I am not formally trained in Information Security or Computer Science. What I have learned I have taught myself. Nevertheless, my posts are the product of much research, and I consider my strength to be that I am able to distill complex aspects of technology into a more understandable form. Consider me a translator, a messenger. Of course, what this means is that I will be prone to mistakes, however I make every attempt to ensure that this does not happen. If on the off chance it does, I urge you to please contact me immediately such that I can review the mistake and correct it if necessary.

Privacy Policy

The Tin Hat uses Piwik Analytics. This means that the following information is recorded when you visit the site:

  • An Anonymized IP Address (first two octets only)
  • Referrer
  • Browser Information
  • Time of Access
  • Pages Visited

The Tin Hat does not send or sell this data to third parties. The primary use for this data is to see where traffic is referred from, and how much traffic the site undergoes each day. Cookies are also used to achieve this goal.

Last Edited: February 27, 2015

Accessing The Site Privately

There are two ways to access this site that are vastly more secure and anonymous than over the regular internet. These are through Tor and I2P:

To access the site through Tor use this hidden service:


To access the site through I2P use this hidden service:


Hall of Fame

This site is made possible by generous readers over on Patreon, including:

Get your name added too by going to Patreon.com/thetinhat and pledging $5 per post.