Alternatives to Google, Facebook and reclaiming privacy.

I was asked to post this information to various places around the web for the privacy and security aspects. I’m finally posting it to a blog that I can easily keep up to date allowing everything else a place to link to.

My use of alternative software & services started when I stopped using as many Google products & services as I could over ten years ago.

Now between the actions of various governments, their officials, the EU, Google, Twitter, & Facebook over the last two years we now know who can’t be trusted. Especially leading up to the U.S. 2016 election.

FYI, just to be clear hosting data outside the US will not protect it from the NSA. Like they’re foreign counterparts these groups go after everything on a global scale.

So if you own your own router when was the last time you updated it? ISP routers are nice & convenient but they have limited security. Buying your own or better yet building your own network firewall are far more secure options.

Facebook and Google track everything we do. The Facebook apps & Chrome shouldn’t be running on your systems & devices. Many of Chrome’s extensions also track you. If you must use Facebook then consider having a browser installed just for Facebook use.

Use Revo’s free option to uninstall Chrome and any other spying software. Firefox is barely any better as the company is full of SJWs. Meanwhile, the Opera browser was quietly bought out by the Chinese, so if you use Opera do not use their built-in password manager.

At the time when I decided I didn’t want Google or my ISP’s email option that left Hotmail as the only service with comparable features to Google. So I used Microsoft/Hotmail for everything standard and Hushmail for stuff I wanted to keep private. Now I still use Microsoft but I use Gpg4win to encrypt emails on my system before sending them out and Telegram for private communication.

At the time of writing this Microsoft has been agnostic, not interfering with auto complete in their browser or their searches. So, for the time being, I will have some of their services listed.

So here is my big list of alternatives. If anyone has more suggestions hit me with a reply.

Email:

  • Privacy-Conscious Email Services List – exactly what its titled as.
  • Scryptmail – Free, based in US, end-to-end encryption.
  • Protonmail – A fully encrypted email service, hosted in Switzerland.
  • msgsafe.io – Private, encrypted, online communication for everyone.
  • Tutanota – A fully encrypted email service, hosted in Germany.
  • Mailfence – Based in Belgium, end-to-end encryption with Digital Signatures.
  • VFEmail – Since 2001, providing businesses and end-users a quick and convenient way to ensure their own security when it comes to email.
  • Unseen.is – Private and Secure. Messaging, Calling, Email and Hosting from Iceland.
  • Outlook – The only full-service Gmail competitor.
  • Virtru – Outlook encryption plug-in, free for personal use.
  • GPF4win – for file and email encryption. Gpg4win (GNU Privacy Guard for Windows) is Free Software and can be installed with just a few mouse clicks.
  • TorBirdy – an extension for Mozilla Thunderbird that configures it to make connections over the Tor network.

Encrypted Messenger Software:

  • Telegram (My pick) – Similar to What’s App only independent, secure, & on all major platforms including the desktop.
  • Signal – Encrypted FOSS messenger. Available on iOS, Android, & the desktop.
  • Threema – Designed to generate as little data on servers as possible, end to end encryption.
  • BlackBerry Messenger – Old school with a big user base, fully encrypted, & has a feed/channel system.
  • Jitsi Meet – More secure, more flexible, and completely free video conferencing.
  • Ring – A free and universal communication platform which preserves the users’ privacy and freedoms. Official GNU package released under GPLv3 licence
  • wire – Simple, secure, private—always end-to-end.
  • Ricochet – Anonymous instant messaging for privacy through the TOR network.
  • Tox.chat – Tox is easy-to-use software that connects you with friends and family without anyone else listening in.
  • Briar – Peer to peer secure messaging & forums anywhere.
  • Unseen.is – Private and Secure. Messaging, Calling, Email, and Hosting from Iceland.
  • Matrix – Matrix is an open standard for decentralized communication.

Browsers:

  • Brave (Blink) – by former Mozilla CEO, privacy conscious, in beta, limited extensions. (My pick)
  • Vivaldi (Blink) – by former Opera CEO, direct access to Chrome web store, a full chrome replacement. (My runner up.)
  • Iron (SRWare) – based on the free Source code “Chromium” – without any problems at privacy and security.
  • IceDragon – Fast, secure and feature-rich Internet browser based on Firefox. Full compatibility with original Firefox plug-ins.
  • Waterfox – 64bit, Firefox based.
  • Pale Moon (Goanna) – Firefox fork.
  • Midori (WebKit) – Is blazing fast, utilizing the latest web technologies and a small
    but dexterous array of extensions provide all the essential features.
  • Light – A minimalist browser based on Mozilla source code.

Mobile Browsers:

Password Managers:

Two-Factor Authentication:

  • Authy – Best Rated 2FA App

Alernate DNS & Services:

First, do not use Google’s DNS, it just gives them another means to track you. Second Open DNS is now owned by Cisco and they do censor.

Alernatives to Cloudflare:

Since Cloudflare has decided to start canceling service on clients and in the Daily Stomers’ situation even allowing Google to steal a domain name I’m am proving a list of competitors.

  • BitMitigate – enterprise level DDoS protection without the enterprise level cost.
  • OVH SSL Gateway – SSL Gateway combines security and simplicity. They have a free tier.
  • StackPath – an intelligent web services platform for security, speed and scale. Secure content delivery network, DDoS and WAF protection from a single, unified platform.
  • Shovl – a DDoS protected webhost that takes websites to a new level with new technologies such as Docker for maximum performance.
  • BlazingFast – High-quality hosting company with world-class hardware. 980Gbps DDoS Protection on all layers / all known methods.
  • X4B – Affordable DDoS protection, Remote DDoS Protection, DDoS Protected Tunnel for servers, services, networks, applications, games & cloud.
  • JavaPipe – Dedicated and virtual hosting solutions with built-in DDoS protection.
  • DDoS-GUARD – No matter what part of the world your data is located in — DDoS-GUARD will ensure its full protection and immunity to attacks.
  • HyperFilter – Proprietary DDoS Mitigation technologies developed and updated since 2011. Providing the Best DDoS Protection Services for all known DDoS Attacks.
  • Sucuri – A security platform built for 99% of websites on the web. Built in the cloud. Easy to use. No installation. Simple, effective website security.

Credit Processors:

  • IndieBill – allows indie content producers to sell directly to their fans in a quick and secure way.
  • GRAFT – a retail-oriented payment blockchain and a decentralized alternative payment processing network that brings cryptocurrency to the point of sale and beyond.
  • ChronoPay – Accept online payments for goods and services with bank cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) and other popular payment methods (Webmoney, Qiwi, Yandex.Money) through a single “ChronoPay” interface.
  • Paymentwall – Accept payments, set up a store, prevent fraud, and so much more – all in one place.
  • Authorize.Net – From advanced fraud detection to tokenized customer records, recurring billing and invoicing, our solutions are designed to help your business grow.
  • bitpay – Blockchain payments, from wallet to checkout. Accept Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, store and spend them securely, or turn Bitcoin into dollars with the BitPay Card.
  • Best Credit Card Processors 2018 – Business News Daily

Search Engines:

  • Lycos – Yes they’re still around and independent from Bing & Google.
  • DuckDuckGo – privately uses Yahoo (Bing). Has “bang” options.
  • Qwant – a search engine that strongly supports privacy. Uses their own crawlers and Bing’s.
  • StartPage – privately uses Google.
  • searX – a metasearch engine, aggregating the results of other search engines while not storing information about its users.
  • Bing – A full array of features and a rewards system you can sign up for.
  • Ecosia – The search engine that plants trees with its ad revenue. (Bing)

Youtube Alternatives:

Note: If you’re a serious content creator than I suggest mirroring your channel on several of these:

  • PewTube – PewTube is a video-sharing alternative to mainstream sites like YouTube and Vimeo. Creators are able to freely upload audio,  video, and images without fear of politically correct censorship. Pro accounts can auto-mirror your Youtube account.
  • BitChute – A peer to peer content sharing platform. Our mission is to put people and free speech first. Can be set up to auto-mirror your Youtube account.
  • MINDS – “Your social network,” Open Channel based social media network. A good site to mirror content.
  • Live Leak – Anti-censorship video site that’s been around awhile.
  • vimeo – A lot of original artistry content with a built in payment system.
  • REAL – Upload, share and embed your videos without being censored by the anti-free speech tech giants.
  • UGETube – (Yuge Tube) a robust, YouTube equivalent video delivery platform that offers users a safe harbor and a guaranteed censorship-free-forever experience!!!

Firearm Specific Video Sites:

  • Full30 – dedicated to providing shooting enthusiasts with quality content and a friendly community.
  • GunStreamer – a user-generated video sharing site, featuring anything related to guns or weapons for informational and entertainment purposes.

Mobile OS Alternatives:

OS Alternatives:

  • Qubes OS – A reasonably secure operating system, what Snowden uses.
  • Tails – Privacy for anyone anywhere.
  • Haiku – Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful.
  • Solus – an operating system that is designed for home computing. Every tweak enables us to deliver a cohesive computing experience.
  • Linux Mint – The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.

Social Media alternatives:

  • Gab.ai – The Twitter alternative.
  • WrongThink – an alternative social networking web service made for the people, by the people that emerged after “The Great Fall of Twitter 2017” due to their unrelenting desire to curb free speech and censor their user base.
  • MINDS – “Your social network,” Open Channel based social media network.
  • Mastodon – a free, open-source social network. A decentralized alternative to commercial platforms, it avoids the risks of a single company monopolizing your communication.
  • Diaspora.com – Decentralized online social world where you are in control. Integrates into other social networks.
  • SteemIt – a blockchain-based social media platform where anyone can earn rewards.
  • BBM – Old school with a big user base, fully encrypted, & a feed/channel system.
  • seenlife – Privacy conscious Facebook competitor.
  • Movim – Simple, light and respectful.
  • GNU social – A continuation of the StatusNet project. It is social communication software for both public and private communications. It is widely supported and has a large user base.
  • Grassfire – a fully featured social environment that includes user profiles, chat, instant messaging, user groups, user news feeds, media uploading/sharing, discussion forums and much more!
  • Friendica – A Decentralized Social Network.
  • Voat.co – Reddit alternative.

VPN/Tunneling Software:

  • I2P – The invisible internet project, similar to TOR.
  • Retroshare – Retroshare was founded by drbob in 2006, as a platform to provide “secure communications and file sharing with friends”.
  • Freenet – Browse websites, post on forums, and publish files within Freenet with strong privacy protections.
  • Greycoder – best vpn service reviews.
  • Psiphon – “For 10 years, Psiphon has provided open access to the Internet to citizens of countries with information controls and limitations.”
  • Lantern – “Better than a VPN”
  • Whonix – “Offers you the most secure way to surf the web.”

Alternate/Developing web technology:

  • libp2p – A modular network stack. Run network applications free from runtime and address services, independently of their location.
  • IPFS – A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol.
  • Hubzilla – a powerful platform for creating interconnected websites featuring a decentralized identity, communications, and permissions framework built using common webserver technology.
  • ZeroNet – Peer to Peer, Open, free and un-censorable websites. Uses built-in TOR.
  • Freenet – Browse websites, post on forums, and publish files within Freenet with strong privacy protections.
  • Retroshare – Retroshare was founded by drbob in 2006, as a platform to provide “secure communications and file sharing with friends”.
  • Dark Mail Technical Alliance – developing a unique end-to-end encrypted protocol and architecture that is the ‘next-generation’ of private and secure email.
  • LEAP – a non-profit dedicated to giving all internet users access to secure encrypted communication.
  • JonDO – a proxy client and will forward the traffic of your internet applications encrypted to the mix cascades and so it will hide your ip address.
  • I2P – The invisible internet project, similar to TOR.
  • Matrix – Matrix is an open standard for decentralized communication.

Miscellaneous:

  • We Are The New Media <- List of alternative media & news sites.
  • Infogalactic – A wikipedia alternative
  • Greycoder – Privacy information & tech including VPNs.
  • Prism Break – Privacy information & software.
  • Muckety – Shows relationships between people, businesses, organizations, and governments.
  • Zcubes – Z is the first omni-functional platform for the next generation that brings the digital experience closer to you in the real world.
  • Privacytools.io – provides knowledge and tools to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance.
  • http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/
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