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RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE

2020 / JUNE


Before starting, it is important to take the time to think about what works for you. It is far from wise to haphazardly jump into using software / apps, and services without considering the implications of using it, and further what/how you are sharing in terms of information. Don't lazily dismiss your rights to privacy and security, it is not an entitlement, but a right to exercise.

Not all the software I have listed is open source, privacy or security focused, as unfortunately a balance of both proprietary and open source and/or FOSS, has yet to reach a healthy equilibrium. Ultimately there appears to be too much divide and discussion (if not tribal nonsense, arguments, and foolish loyalty) in which software/apps/tools are used, rather than achieving good results, and engaging in healthy debate for the betterment of development and creativity.

In the end, you shouldn't just take my word for it, there's no need to just trust me, please research and look at other sources.

Here are a few frequently updated sites with more focus on privacy/security focus, and recommendations/guides/advice:


Electronic Frontier Foundation: Surveillance Self-Defense

PrivacyTools

Prism-Break

IzzyOnDroid

Schneier on Security

Wilders Security Forums

Naked Security by Sophos


With that said, please find my curated list of alternate and recommended software below.


Table of Contents

Operating Systems - GNU/Linux

Recommended

Persistent / Portable

Advanced

Windows AntiSpyware / Telemetry

Firewall - Windows

Emergency Toolkit / Rescue Disks

Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware

Password Managers

Instant Messaging / Chat / Video / Voice Calling

Mail

Web Browser

Add-ons / Extensions

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Protocols (with apps available)

Search Engines

Maps

Office / Text / Writing

Markdown

Code

Notes

Productivity Tools

Ebook Editor / Creator

Screenwriting

Desktop Publishing

Encryption

Archiving

File Sending / Sharing

Download Manager

Graphics / Media Software

Graphic Editing Manipulation

Draw / Paint / Sketch

Photo Editing (RAW)

Graphics Utilities / Renaming

Gallery / Viewer

Vector Graphics

VFX (Visual Effects) / Post Production

VFX / Computer Graphics / Animation (3D / 2D)

NLE (Video Editing)

DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

Audio / Recording

Media Players

Video Players

Music Players

Android

Browsers

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

AdBlocker

2FA/OTP

Password Managers

Launchers

Phone

Chat / Video / Voice Calling

SMS

Maps

QR Code Scanner

Camera

Image Gallery Viewer / Tools

E-book Reader

PDF Viewer

Writing / Markdown

Dictionary / Thesaurus

Notes

Keyboard

Video Player / Tools

Music Player

Audio Recorder

YouTube Player

Weather

Clock / Alarm

Calendar

Calculator

File Manager

Tuner / Metronome / Piano

Screen Filter (Red/Blue Light)

Misc

Ad-blocking Filter List



Operating Systems - GNU/Linux

Recommended

Fedora

Linux Mint

MX Linux

Persistent / Portable

Puppy Linux

Linux Mint

Advanced

Qubes

Debian

Tails

Whonix

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Windows AntiSpyware / Telemetry

MVPS Hosts

Win10Privacy

For more options: Ghacks - "Comparison of Windows 10 Privacy tools"

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Firewall - Windows

Windows Firewall Control

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Emergency Toolkit / Rescue Disks

Sophos Virus Removal Tool

Sophos Virus Rootkit Removal

Emsisoft Emergency Kit

Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

Kaspersky Rescue Disk

VIPRE Rescue Virus Removal Tool

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Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware

Sophos

Emsisoft

Bitdefender

ESET

ClamAV

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Password Managers

KeePassXC

KeePassDX (F-Droid / Google Play)

Bitwarden

Tip: Think pass-'phrase' rather than pass-'word.' Using a mix of alphanumeric characters, for example: "Pies are 100% delicious!"

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Instant Messaging / Chat / Video / Voice Calling

Signal

Wire

Jami

Mumble

Linphone (SIP)

Jitsi (app or browser based) -- Note: make sure to choose a unique/uncommon room name, and use a password.

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Mail

ProtonMail (free option)

Tutanota (free option)

Mailbox.org

StartMail

Posteo

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Web Browser

Firefox (with addons/extensions, and modified settings)

Iridium (with addons/extensions, and modified settings)

GNU IceCat (Linux / Android)

Ungoogled Chromium

Brave

Tor Browser

Note: for Android recommendations see below.

Add-ons / Extensions

- HTTPS Everywhere

- Ublock Origin

- Umatrix*

- Cookie AutoDelete

- Decentraleyes

- Privacy Badger*

- Firefox Multi-Containers

- NoCoin

- Temporary Containers

Note: Use either Umatrix or PrivacyBadger

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VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Mullvad

ProtonVPN (free option)

IVPN

TunnelBear (limited free option)

Protocols (with apps available)

Wireguard

OpenVPN

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Search Engines

MetaGer

Qwant

DuckDuckGo

Startpage

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Maps

OpenStreetMap

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Office / Text / Writing

Markdown

Ghostwriter

Typora

Visual Studio Code

Sublime (unlimited trial)

Code

Visual Studio Code

Sublime (unlimited trial)

Notes

Standard Notes

Turtl

Joplin

Productivity Tools

Cryptee

Cryptpad

Ebook Editor / Creator

Sigil

Screenwriting

Fountain Syntax

Afterwriting

Visual Studio Code

Sublime (unlimited trial)

Office

LibreOffice

OpenOffice

FocusWriter (Documents Only)

Desktop Publishing

Scribus

Affinity Publisher (50 USD)

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Encryption

VeraCrypt

Hat.sh

PeaZip

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Archiving

7zip (windows)

PeaZip

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File Sending / Sharing

Firefox Send (no account needed)

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Download Manager

Free Download Manager

Persepolis Download Manager

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Graphics / Media Software

Graphic Editing Manipulation

GIMP

Affinity Photo (50 USD)

Draw / Paint / Sketch

Krita

MyPaint

Photo Editing (RAW)

Darktable

RawTherapee

Graphics Utilities / Renaming

Bulk Rename Utility (Windows)

ImageTuner (Windows)

Gallery / Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer

Vector Graphics

Inkscape

Affinity Designer (50 USD)

VFX (Visual Effects) / Post Production

Blackmagic Fusion (included within DaVinci Resolve)

VFX / Computer Graphics / Animation (3D / 2D)

Blender

NLE (Video Editing)

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve (includes/integrated Fusion and Fairlight)

Shotcut

DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

Reaper

Tracktion

Studio One

Note: Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve features Fairlight.

Audio / Recording

Voicemeeter (Windows)

Wavosaur (Windows)

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Media Players

Video Players

MPV

MPC-HC (Windows)

Music Players

Foobar2000

Audacious

Clementine

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Android

- If more privacy conscious, it is recommended to use F-Droid and skip Google, however most apps listed are on both the Google Play and F-Droid.

- Remove bloatware / spyware.

- Be wary of phones owned by Chinese companies, and avoid their apps (ie. WeChat, Zoom.)

- Remember to opt out of telemetry in settings.

- Regardless, be selective about what apps are installed (and from where,) why you are installing them, and what permissions are actually needed when requested (and if opting out is an option.) Be vigilant and conscious.

Browsers

Firefox

Fennec F-Droid

IceCat Mobile

Firefox Focus / Firefox Klar (F-Droid)

Bromite

Brave

Tor Browser

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

ProtonVPN (free option)

IVPN

TunnelBear (limited free option)

Wireguard

OpenVPN

AdBlocker

Blokada (Note: Uses Android VPN service, so short of using a rooted device, another VPN service can't be used simultaneously.)

2FA/OTP

Aegis

andOTP

Password Managers

KeePassDX

Bitwarden

Launchers

KISS Launcher

Open Launcher

Slim Launcher

T-UI

Taskbar

Phone

Open Contacts

Simple Contacts

Simple Dialer

Chat / Video / Voice Calling

Signal

Wire

Linphone (SIP)

Jitsi Meet

Jami

SMS

Silence

QKSMS

Simple SMS Messenger

Maps

OsmAnd

Here We Go (Not a recommendation, but a good Google Maps alternative if using Google Play)

QR Code Scanner

QR Scanner (Privacy Friendly) (SECUSO)

Camera

Open Camera

Image Gallery Viewer / Tools

Simple Gallery

LeafPic Revived

Secure Photo Viewer ("media-viewer that functions ontop of your lockscreen")

Scrambled Exif ("remove the metadata from your pictures before sharing them")

E-book Reader

FBReader

Libera PRO

PDF Viewer

MuPDF Mini

Writing / Markdown

Markor

Notepad (farmerbb)

Dictionary / Thesaurus

Poet Assistant

Notes

Standard Notes

Turtl

Cryptee (browser based)

Joplin

Keyboard

Simple Keyboard

Hacker's Keyboard

AnySoftKeyboard

Video Player / Tools

MPV

Simple Gallery (features video playback)

Video Transcoder

Music Player

Music Player GO

Odyssey

Vinyl

Musicolet

Audio Recorder

Audio Recorder (axet)

Simple Voice Recorder

Call Recorder (axet)

YouTube Player

NewPipe

MusicPiped

Weather

Weather Forecast

Forecastie

Clock / Alarm

Simple Clock

Clock+

Alarmio

Suntimes

Calendar

Simple Calendar

Calculator

Simple Calculator

File Manager

Simple File Manager

Tuner / Metronome / Piano

Cythara (Music Instrument Tuner)

Tonality - a free piano

Semitone

Screen Filter (Red/Blue Light)

Red Moon

Misc

Private Location

WiFiAnalyzer

Net Monitor

Port Authority

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Ad-blocking Filter List

- https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/easylist.txt

- https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/antiadblockfilters.txt

- https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/adwarefilters.txt

- https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/fanboy-annoyance.txt

- https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/fanboy-social.txt

- https://easylist-downloads.adblockplus.org/malwaredomains_full.txt

- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Dawsey21/Lists/master/adblock-list.txt

- https://easylist.to/easylist/easylist.txt

- https://easylist.to/easylist/easyprivacy.txt

- https://easylist.to/easylist/fanboy-annoyance.txt

- https://easylist.to/easylist/fanboy-social.txt

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