hello netizen! welcome to the cyberpunk dystopia that is real life!
this is a list of tech resources and software i recommend :)
god i fucking love making lists
- important preface: no matter what you do, what tools you use, or what you know, you can never be totally anonymous. accept this now.
- before anything else, you need to establish a threat model.
- don't dismiss physical security. it doesn't matter how good your passwords are if you have them written on a sticky note that everyone can see lol.
- learn to recognize different kinds of attacks/exploits, a very common example being phishing (AKA what caused the fappening). also this isn't a security tip but stop using hacking as a synonym for cracking im begging u. you sound like a cop show character lol (relevant clip)
- privacy guides - aimed at beginners
- the new oil - also aimed at beginners
- hitchhiker's guide to online anonymity - extremely in depth
- simple opt out - guides to turning off excess data sharing
- how to protect yourself from your ISP
- bitwarden - password manager. open source and cloud-based.
- keepassXC - password manager. open source and local only. this was my favorite but recently ive been having issues with databases corrupting for some reason.
- exifcleaner - remove metadata from files
- bleachbit - drive cleaning
- have i been pwned - data breach tracker. you can input your email to see if it's been compromised.
- terms of service; didn't read - human-readable TOS's and privacy policies of websites/services
- fawkes - edits photos in a way that confuses facial recognition AI
- distrowatch - open source operating system info/comparisons/news
- distrochooser - tool to help you pick an open source operating system
- linux mint - a distro that is commonly recommended to people new to linux
- pop!_os - also frequently recommended to people new to linux
- fedora - open-source distro. pretty popular
- manjaro - an arch-based linux distro (and what i'm currently using)
- lineage - android distro
- calyx - android distro that only works with google pixels and fairphones
- graphene - android distro that only works with google pixels
- tor - most popular alt network. onion router
- I2P (invisible internet project) - E2E encrypted P2P network layer
- freenet - P2P internet alternative
- lokinet - onion router
- retroshare - P2P internet alternative
- mega - risen from the ashes of megaupload. encrypted.
- protondrive - same company as protonmail.
- filen - encrypted and zero-knowledge.
- ente - photo and video storage.
- fuck google chrome all my homies hate google chrome
- firefox - daily driver. foss, widely supported, highly customizable, and can be hardened depending on your security/privacy needs.
- tor - for anonymous browsing and accessing the tor network (dark web)
- librewolf - firefox fork
- icecat/gnuzilla - firefox fork that doesn't push nonfree plugins or features
- min - minimalist browser
- bromite - android browser
- ublock origin - powerful but lightweight adblocker (and more!)
- violentmonkey - userscript manager
- stylus - userstyle manager
- sponsorblock - autoskips annoying segements in youtube videos
- containers - isolates cookies to specific tabs, so you can sign into multiple accounts on one site in one window
- feedbro - RSS feed reader
- image search options - reverse image search options on right click
- greasyfork - userscripts
- userstyles.world - created as a replacement of userstyles.org
- USO archive - an archive of userstyles.org
- thunderbird - email client
- protonmail - encrypted email provider (+more). some features, such as aliases and a VPN, are locked behind a paywall - 🇨🇭
- tutanota - encrypted email provider (+more) - 🇩🇪
- posteo - encrypted email provider (+more). paid only - 🇩🇪
- mailbox - encrypted email provider (+more). paid only - 🇩🇪
- disroot - email provider (+more) aimed at activists - 🇳🇱
- riseup - email provider (+more) aimed at activists - 🇺🇸
- autistici - email provider (+more) aimed at activists - 🇮🇹
- fuck discord all my homies hate discord
- IRC + XMPP - oldskool IM protocols. well-established and widely supported.
- matrix - decentralized messenger protocol
- clients: element
- revolt - discord-like, but encrypted and open source.
- session - open source, E2E encrypted, doesnt require any personal info. servers are routed through lokinet.
- briar - p2p messenger and works without internet
- mastodon - decentralized microblogging software. twitter-like and has millions of users spread out over several different servers and even other kinds of software (that can all communicate with each other seamlessly). the most promising alternative to mainstream social media.
- cohost - tumblr-like blogging platform. actively in development.
- libreoffice - FOSS office suite
- openoffice - FOSS office suite
- onlyoffice - office suite
- obsidian - notebook that uses markdown. unfortunately not open source.
- joplin - notetaking
- simplenote - notetaking
- commonhealth - manage your personal health info
- euki - sexual health/education. also has a period tracker.
- drip - period/fertility tracker. designed to be private, secure, and inclusive.
- loop - habit tracker
- stretchly - periodically reminds you to take a break while on your PC
- workrave - open source, monitors your keyboard and mouse usage and makes you take breaks and will set limits for screentime.
idfk where to put these
- wacup - winamp, but without corporate garbage and cryptoshit
- foobar2000 - freeware. customizable and in-development since 2002
- aimp - freeware. customizable. designed to be winamp's spiritual successor.
- stealing bandwidth from spotify is morally correct
- spotX - modded spotify desktop client with unlocked premium features
- xmanager - android app that mods spotify
- nuclear - stream music from multiple free sources, in one app
- electronic: oldskool edm
- vgm: cirrusretro
- various: radiooooo
- electronic: rekt network / di.fm
- vaporwave: nightwave plaza / poolsuite / vaporwave archive / retrowave
- chill: lofi cafe / chillhop / ambicular
- vgm: vgmradio / rainwave / vgm
- asian: listen.moe
- ambient: music for programming / tabletop audio / rainymood / tree.fm / sounds of maine / vibeocean / i miss my bar
- keygen: keygen music / keygen music
- nostalgia machine - the top songs of a chosen year
- halo menus - classic halo menu screens
- yt-dl/yt-dlp - download videos from youtube (and other sites). use yt-dlg if you don't want to use the command line.
- soulseek - p2p music sharing (download soulseek NS, not Qt). if you don't like the UI, nicotine+ is a modern alternative.
- 9xbuddy - in-browser video-to-mp3 downloader
- asian: sitting on clouds / openings.moe
- vgm: khinsider / zophar's domain
- multihost: crocovid
- movies & tv: soap2day / m4ufree / ask4movie / c1ne / lookmovie
- cartoons: kimcartoon / kisscartoon / wco / watchcartoononline
- asian dramas: dramacool / kissasian