Simplified for normies.
It's a simplified guide for them. I don't need you nerding me out telling me that they need to load TailsOS on their USB stick while using SearX on Tor. You need to balance privacy with simplicity. I don't expect these people to even know how to load an operating system let alone do the nerd stuff in your room. Hence if you are looking for something more in-depth. I suggest you look elsewhere.
So you want privacy in the digital age? There are some things you have to note. Firstly, total privacy in the digital age is impossible even if not using any such devices to CCTV, government survalliance and even Facebook spying people in pictures without accounts. The best thing you could do is limit your digital footprint. And it's better doing that than doing nothing, it's a healthier way of using the internet
Secondly, becoming private includes lots of different lifestyle changes and following whatever deluded boomers do like "not putting your name online" (made that mistake before. But also you'll lose lots of the convience that spyware has allowed us to have such as the browser saving passwords and such.
On Mobile, install DuckDuckGo privacy browser.
If you somehow use Linux already? Install Ungoogled Chromium
Use uBlock, Cookie AutoDelete and Decenteraleyes
Switch to Linux Mint
No annoying scripts to block Windows trackers, nor a restrictive MacOS eco-system. Have something totally free. It could also improve your computer skills.
If you play video games, check how to run Windows applications and Steam compatibility works here.
ProtonMail is good because it's free and it gives you at least a bit of privacy, good if you just want decent privacy in general.
I advise you to delete your Google Account. This is a crucial step and you should resort for other alternatives instead of Google
Use Tor it's the stuff that runs the dark web. However it's real use is to create anonymity online. Unless you use Tor. I don't suggest you using any other VPN apart from consuming region locked content.
Use Signal— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Use Signal for primary texting. Telegram and Matrix for communities. and delete Messenger, Whatsapp, Discord and the rest if possible.
For desktop, just stick to YouTube logged out.
Use NewPipe on Android
I have talked about this on here. However I suggest you keeping your passwords on pen and paper. If you'd wish to copy paste passwords. You should settle with KeePass Password Manager.
Social Media itself inherantly is a privacy risk. However I'd suggest reader apps instead of the original apps such as Slide for Reddit and Frost for Facebook. However it is best if you have less social media as much as possible. It's healthy for the mind and soul.
If you use an iPhone, throw it away.
Grab your old Android phone that's in that drawer somewhere and load LOS on it, there are lenty of ROM tutorials online.
If you own a Pixel load Graphene. Or buy a Pixel just to load Graphene.
Use F-droid instead of the App Store/Google Play because it has open-source and private apps.
PROTIP: Get a phone with a removable battery, so at least you know your phone is actually off. How do you know if your phone's really off if there's still power to the thing?
You can't be completely private these days, but at least you're trying to do something about it. You can be freer than most people are in this time of big tech.
Just follow the steps provided above and you can make yourself more secure and maybe improve on your computer skills.