Software Endorsements -

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There are tools you can use to enjoy the Internet more. I am a crazy person on the Internet 24/7 and this is what works best for me.

Browser

Brave

Pros
  • Heavy privacy emphasis.
  • Far and away the best mobile browser. Allows mobile extensions.
  • Built-in ad block.
  • Supports cryptocurrency "Basic Attention Token" natively, and is a promising way for casual web users (you) to support sites (kiwi farms) anonymously and easily by paying pennies to websites and content creators you frequent the most.
  • Headed by Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript and founding/former CEO of Mozilla.
Cons
  • Extensions are centrally organized, so people with heavy extension dependencies absolutely will not have everything they want.
  • Desktop browser has performance issues after being open for a long time.
  • Just shit for web developers. The element inspector is far inferior to both FireFox and Chrome. Fuck, it's worse than IE's.

FireFox

Pros
  • FireFox Quantum is actually really fast.
  • Has most extensions you could want.
  • Has focused more on privacy after losing market share to Google Chrome.
Cons
  • FireFox has continually misaligned its goals as a company to its detriment. Brendan Eich, now the CEO of Brave, was forced to resign after his own company turned hostile towards him for spending his own paycheck to support the California bill against gay marriage. While FireFox Quantum is good, FireFox itself has continually declined in performance and now it's very hit or miss. Use FireFox over Chrome, but I'd ask you at least try Brave. Out of the box, it is absolutely everything a regular web user needs.

Proxy / VPN

PrivateInternetAccess

Pros
  • Does not keep any logs.
  • Cheap.
  • Has programs for iPhone, Android, Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, and Chrome to natively integrate.
  • Services a ton of countries so you can shitpost on /pol/ from Israel.
Cons
  • One of the most popular networks in the world, so you will sometimes encounter services that block your VPN.

AdBlock

Brave

Pros

  • Built into Brave.
  • Always up to date.
  • Works on Mobile devices.
  • Has site-level controls to keep sites with anti-adblock shit from breaking constantly.
  • Brave's AdBlock also includes native HTTPS everywhere and other quality of life considerations AdNauseum and uBlock Origin don't have.
Cons
  • Kind of weak on what ads it actually blocks. I think Brave's AdBlock follows a "friendly advertiser" policy that allows a lot of ads through.
  • Doesn't have a custom block element tool like others do.

AdNaseum

Pros
  • A fork of uBlock Origin.
  • Absolutely fucking magical, somehow even blocks ads on Twitch.tv.
  • Clicks every single ad the sites put infront of you to destroy advertising profit incentives.
  • Has actually caused Google to issue hundreds of thousands of dollars in refunds for fraudulent ad clicks.
Cons
  • No native extension for Google Chrome or Brave ( :( ),
  • Absolutely fucking nothing of material. If you're on FireFox, install this right now. I actually think Twitch can detect AdNauseum users and hides their ads from you willingly because you're a bad motherfucker.

Cryptocurrency Suggestions

Coinbase (for buying and selling)

Pros

  • Drop dead easy to use. Just fucking braindead.
  • Allows you to buy ETH and LTC as well. Both are preferable to BTC for small-dollar transactions and donations.
  • Best of its class; a blessing and a curse.
Cons
  • I believe it's only for Americans.
  • I do not trust their business practices. I think the service itself is safe, but I don't like them. Delaware company with no human point of service. I had to call their fraud line and threaten them to even get an email reply. It's one of those big evil faceless tech companies that see any access to human interaction as a design flaw, like Google.
  • Requires government id.
  • No private key control.

LocalBitcoins (for buying and selling)

Pros

  • You can indeed buy coin with cash in person at a public place you both agree on, but there are many sellers using many different instant transfer methods. For instance, Zelle has worked great for me.
  • Every country serviced. Even Botswana.
  • Even though it's a peer2peer system, there is an escrow service managed by the Local Bitcoins team and I've had nothing but good experiences with them.
  • Doesn't require any form of id and can be done entirely anonymously, though some sellers and buyers may refuse to work with you.
Cons
  • Involves human interaction so if you're some sort of sweating autist who can't handle talking to people rule this shit out immediately.


Jaxx (Wallet)

Pros

  • Handles many kinds of currencies.
  • User friendly. Fucking Tommy Tooter could set it up and accept $5 in Bitcoin from me for playing Hot Cross Buns on request in under 5 minutes.
  • Has mobile versions.
  • You control your private keys!!!
Cons
  • Glitches out pretty frequently for me. I've seen transactions show up that didn't actually belong to me as an error of the program (thanks a fucking lot I really could have used 8 BTC, assholes). The glitches are only UI related, but it's still annoying.
  • Not open source. There are some parts that have their source released, but that's not the same thing as actually open source. If you can't compile the program itself and run it without downloading the executable directly, it's not open source.
Search Engines

DuckDuckGo

Pros

  • It's its own thing. A lot of privacy-centric search engines are just Google in a candy wrapper.
  • Pretty good. Sometimes even has a leg up on Google. DDG had StackOverflow previews before Google did, for instance.
  • Google obfuscates results it does not want you to see. DDG does not.
  • "DDG it" is much better sounding than "Bing it".
Cons
  • Results are sometimes much poorer than Google's, but most of the time they're fine.

StartPage

Pros

  • Privacy oriented.
  • Design is preferred over DDG to some people.
  • Not Google.
Cons
  • I think StartPage is just an amalgamation of other search engine results.

Yandex

Pros

  • Все еще не так хорошо, как Google, но часто лучше, чем DDG.
Cons
  • No English facing site, but it's not particularly needed.

Torrenting

Brave (Client)

Pros

  • Literally a torrenting client built into a browser.
  • Does the job.
Cons
  • Utterly bereft of any convenience features.
  • Doesn't allow you to seed, as far as I know, which is disgusting.
  • If you terminate the download it doesn't let you pick back up.
qBittorrent (Client)
Pros
  • Does the job perfectly.
  • Only torrenting client for Windows I know of that isn't loaded with ABSOLUTE fucking GARBAGE like uTorrent is now.
Cons
  • None.

Email

Email is harder to explain, so I'm going to describe how I use my email.

I have like 10 email addresses over 4 email services.
  1. I use Gmail for things I absolutely cannot allow to disappear (banking, government).
  2. I use my school's in-house email system for anything academic (including things that discount you for having a .edu).
  3. I use cock.li less frequently for general throw-away stuff and disassociative identities.
  4. I use my lolcow.email server for a lot of stuff, but it's just me hosting it so I tend not to put anything too sensitive on it and keep the email off the server itself by routinely deleting everything I receive.
In general I treat lolclow.email and cock.li as things that are reliable, but can potentially vanish. I use .edu sparingly and Gmail for shit that needs 100% uptime.

To make my life easier, however, I don't check these email clients on their websites. I instead use Thunderbird and Blue Mail for managing my mail. Using IMAP/POP, I can keep all my mail in one place and manage the different sending addresses. Google can also use IMAP/POP to import and send-as, but I don't want a majority of my email content on Google.

Thunderbird (Desktop Email Client)

Blue Mail (Mobile Email Client)

Gmail (Mobile & Web client)
Pros
  • Does the job perfectly.
  • Integrates all your email addresses flawlessly into the Gmail system, which
  • Works on all computers as a web client, as well as importing your mail into your mobile devices.
  • Allows you to send and receive from all your email addresses exactly as the standalone email clients do.
Cons
  • Google.
Special mentions to Proton Mail, which a lot of people use but I do not.

Proton Mail (Web client)
Pros
  • Claims to be encrypted by your password, which they do not keep.
Cons
  • No way to know for sure if it's actually encrypted.
  • But, because of their encryption, they have no IMAP/POP and do not integrate into any other mail client. You have to use their shit to send/receive/even check mail.
  • Requires identifying information or bitcoin to make an account to stop spam.
 
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BoingBoingBoi

please think responsibly
True & Honest Fan
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i was entertaining using Brave for a bit but i got nervous about the "block and replace" thing i read that they do with ads. not sure if that's changed. i also dont like that it's a chromium fork. i can't remember the details about and went for firefox instead.

DDG is great.

@CIA Nigger i think people have too strong of opinions on distros, and distros are often catered to users' needs, so "recommended distros" probably wouldn't make for a good list.
 

BillionBisonBucks

Soon will be worth five billion pounds
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This is great information. Fwiw, Avira antivirus has been treating me well ever since I dropped Avast over false positives from this site. It's fast, quiet, and doesn't source malware reports from whatever source was attacked to get at KF. They also offer an antivirus liveCD that can unfuck a surprising amount of virus-riddled machines.
 

The Fool

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This is great information. Fwiw, Avira antivirus has been treating me well ever since I dropped Avast over false positives from this site. It's fast, quiet, and doesn't source malware reports from whatever source was attacked to get at KF. They also offer an antivirus liveCD that can unfuck a surprising amount of virus-riddled machines.
Antiviruses are for normies that have to impulsively double click on hotporn.png.exe and browse huffpo without an adblocker, not for people who know what the fuck they're doing. Why are you even allowing that annoying shit to eat your resources in the background while it waits to scream at you for looking at batch commands on twitter?
 

BillionBisonBucks

Soon will be worth five billion pounds
kiwifarms.net

FunnY

Shocked. As Shinoa would think.
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DuckDuckGo is a must to put as a default search engine.

Bit :offtopic:, but a friend recommended me a source called Tor Browser and I did used it to test out for usage of privacy and wondered if anyone also used it. Little downside for it was using Tor for this forums is a bit slow so it's a 50 50, but everything else is decent plus there's an option where you can restart the browser to make it less trackable.
 

Purple Man

You can't
True & Honest Fan
kiwifarms.net
This is great information. Fwiw, Avira antivirus has been treating me well ever since I dropped Avast over false positives from this site. It's fast, quiet, and doesn't source malware reports from whatever source was attacked to get at KF. They also offer an antivirus liveCD that can unfuck a surprising amount of virus-riddled machines.
Avira launched their own VPN service called Phantom not too long ago, but I can't say for certain how private it truly is.

On another note, I've been using yet another Chromium fork named Iron. It works quite well for me.
 
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