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Old January 1st, 2017 #1
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Default Alternatives to Google, Facebook and reclaiming privacy


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

Between the actions of various governments, the EU, Google, Twitter, & Facebook over the last two years we now know who can't be trusted. 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 niece & 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.

Use Revo's free option to uninstall Chrome. Firefox is barely any better as the company is full of SJWs. Meanwhile Opera was bought out by the Chinese, so if you use this browser 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 Virtru for encryption and Telegram for private communication.

So far Microsoft has been agnostic not interfering with auto complete or their searches. So for the time being I will have some of their services listed.

I have also kept Cyanogen OS listed and added the Cyanogen Mod fork.

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


Protonmail - A fully encrypted email service, hosted in Switzerland.
Tutanota - A fully encrypted email service, hosted in Germany.
virtru - Free for personal use, outlook encryption plug-in.
Privacy-Conscious Email Services List
VFEmail - Since 2001, providing businesses and end-users a quick and convenient way to ensure their own security when it comes to email. - Private and Secure. Messaging, Calling, Email and Hosting from Iceland.
Outlook - The only full service gmail competitor.

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, only on iOS & Android.
BBM - Old school with a big user base, fully encrypted, & a feed/channel system.
Ricochet - Anonymous instant messaging for privacy through the TOR network. - Tox is easy-to-use software that connects you with friends and family without anyone else listening in. - Private and Secure. Messaging, Calling, Email and Hosting from Iceland.


Brave (Blink) - by former Mozilla CEO. (My pick)

Vivaldi (Blink) - by former Opera CEO, has plenty of add-ons. (My runner up.)

Pale Moon (Goanna) - Firefox fork.

Midori (WebKit)

Light - A minimalist browser based on Mozilla source code.

Password Managers:


Search Engines:

DuckDuckGo - privately uses Yahoo (Bing). Has "bang" options.
StartPage - privately uses Google.
Bing - A full array of features and a rewards system you can sign up for.

Youtube Alternatives:

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

Live Leak (My pick) This is the place to mirror your Youtube channel. They are anti-censorship.
vimeo <- A lot of original artistry content.
Break - Popular Youtube competitor that's been around awhile. <- Another good site to mirror your content.
Gvid - An experiment for a low cost, content neutral replacement for Youtube.
metacafe - Have been around awhile.
veoh - Have been around a long time.

Alernate DNS:

OpenNIC project

Mobile OS Alternatives:

BlackBerry, Powered by Android
Cyanogen OS
Lineage OS - Formerly Cyanogen Mod.
silent circle
Windows 10 Mobile

OS Alternatives:

Qubes OS - A reasonably secure operating system.
Haiku - Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful.

Social Media alternatives: - My pick while waiting on - Twitter alternative, waiting list to join.
Steem - a blockchain-based social media platform where anyone can earn rewards. - Russian based Eastern European Facebook clone.
BBM - Old school with a big user base, fully encrypted, & a feed/channel system.
seenlife - Privacy concious Facebook competitor.
GNU social - Reddit alternative.


I2P - The invisible internet project, similar to TOR.
Greycoder - best vpn service reviews.

Alternate web technology:

I2P - The invisible internet project, similar to TOR.
ZeroNet - Peer to Peer, Open, free and uncensorable websites.
IPFS - A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol.
Matrix - Matrix is an open standard for decentralised communication.


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 governemnts. - provides knowledge and tools to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance.

Edit 01: corrected error on Protonmail being hosted in Switzerland, not Sweden.

Edit 02: ok several new additions and some minor updates.

Edit 03: last round of updates for awhile.
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