Technology alternatives

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These technology alternatives lists are merely a starting point.

If you learn nothing else from this page, understand these five points:

  1. Linux Mint is certainly better than Microsoft's Windows or Apple's macOS
  2. Brave Browser is certainly better than Google's Chrome browser for general use
    and LibreWolf is the most secure browser
  3. Brave Search is certainly better than Google Search engine
  4. Tutanota is the most secure free email with end-to-end encyrption
  5. LibreOffice is certainly better than Microsoft's Office suite

YouTube video: Take Back Our Tech - #SolutionsWatch (37:24) ~ The Corbett Report (Unofficial), 2023-08-23
Official: Building a digital army: UN peacekeepers fight deadly disinformation Who Can We Call On? How Our Phones Are Tracked By Big Tech, Telecom, and Government Electromagnetic Radiation - Shield & Educate Yourself, Save a Life

Operating systems

Personal computer operating systems

Personal computer operating systems blurb will go here.
FLOSS blurb will go here.

If you're smart your next PC will be Linux rather than Windows.

Personal Computer Operating Systems
Num OS Security Details Note
1 Linux Mint strong now most popular FLOSS -
2 Ubuntu strong formerly most popular FLOSS -
3 macOS meh Linux-based,
extremely constricted,
corporate compromised
4 Windows 7 weak corporate compromised -
5 Windows 10 terrible corporate compromised -

Portable device operating systems

Portable device operating systems blurb will go here.
Portable Device Operating Systems
Num OS Security Details Note
1 LineageOS strong de-Googled Only supports specific models requires tech skills
2 Android OS Google corporate compromised -
3 iOS
(formerly iPhone OS)
Apple secure with humans but
corporate compromised

DeGoogled phones

Wikipedia: DeGoogle

Can't or don't want to learn how to load an operating system on a phone?

Programs and applications

Cross-platform software

Cross-platform software blurb will go here.

Personal computer programs

Personal computer programs blurb will go here.

FLOSS alternatives

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Portable device applications

Portable device applications blurb will go here.

Internet web browsers

Wikipedia: Web browser

What are your browser needs?

  • usability
  • privacy (and security)
  • customizability
  • philosophy (open-source, privacy, security, etc)
  • respect for the user
  • looks
  • resource usage (speed, memory, processing, etc)

Very critical, thorough, and highly recommended article dissecting and reviewing all browsers:

How to choose a browser for everyday use?

" Let's start with the basics. What is the point of a web browser? Originally, it was to be able to read HTML documents, but since then, the Web has changed massively, and modern browsers need to satisfy more demands. [...] One advantage of these niche browsers is that they don't spy on you, but what I've learned from trying probably all of them is that, in the end, addons are essential [...] so, for a day-to-day browser, you have only two options: Firefox based and Chrome based. Since they all support the same addons [...] we will have to use some other criteria to judge these browsers. These consist of usability, privacy, customizability, philosophy, respect for the user, looks, and resource usage. Let's analyze them one by one:

~ How to choose a browser for everyday use?


Browsers to avoid

Jason Carswell generally recommends that everyone should AVOID:

  • Microsoft's Edge
  • Microsoft's Internet Explorer
  • Google's Chrome
  • Apple's Safari
  • Mozilla's Firefox
  • Opera

Chromium-based browser recommendations

Good Chromium-based browsers, a standard using addons found in Google's Chrome Web Store.


  • Chromium-based web browser
  • Wikipedia: Brave (web browser)
  • Related: Brave Search ( is better than Google Search and
  • Currently Brave the best combination of privacy and compatibility.
  • Brave is not as good at privacy as they lead you to believe.
  • The Brave BAT tokens are great if you want $5 in extra beer money a month.
  • Chromium-based browsers like Brave can be better for privacy but still cede too much control of the open web to Google.
  • PC, laptop, phone, tablet, Windows, Mac, Linux.


  • Chromium-based web browser
  • Wikipedia: Vivaldi (web browser)
  • Vivaldi works seamlessly across desktop and mobile devices, syncing your browsing history, passwords, bookmarks, tabs, and more. We use end-to-end encryption to protect your data from being accessed by third parties. And as an added bonus, we host your browsing data on-premises in Iceland, where it's covered by strict privacy laws.
  • Chromium-based browsers like Vivaldi can be better for privacy but still cede too much control of the open web to Google.
  • PC, laptop, phone, tablet, Windows, Mac, Linux.

Firefox-based browser recommendations

Good Firefox-based browsers, a standard using addons found in Mozilla's Firefox Browser Add-Ons.


  • Firefox-based web browser
  • Wikipedia: Basilisk (web browser)
  • Basilisk, forked from Firefox for Windows, Linux, and macOS, is a free and open-source web browser created by the developer of the Pale Moon browser.
  • Occasionally not recognized by corporate websites.



Pale Moon

  • Firefox-based web browser
  • Wikipedia: Pale Moon
  • Pale Moon, forked from Firefox for Windows, FreeBSD, macOS, and Linux, is a free and open-source web browser focusing on efficiency and customization.
  • Occasionally not recognized by corporate websites.


  • Firefox-based web browser
  • Wikipedia: Waterfox
  • Waterfox, forked from Firefox for Windows, macOS, and Linux, is a free and open-source web browser with enhanced safeguards for your privacy, preventing tracking of interests, browsing habits, and data collection without interfering with site operation.

Browser add-on and extension recommendations

For maximum security it's best to not use addons nor extensions.

Jason Carswell generally recommends the following list of addons, among some others, mostly* available on either Google's Chrome Web Store or Mozilla's Firefox Browser Add-Ons. (* Google prevents YouTube addons from downloading audio/video files.)

  • Dark Reader
  • Enhancer for YouTube
  • Magic Actions for YouTube
  • Nimbus Screenshot
  • Return YouTube Dislike
  • SingleFile
  • SmartVideo for YouTube
  • Tab Manager Plus for Chrome
  • uBlock Origin
  • uMatrix - only if you know what you're doing, requires setup and tweaking
  • Video DownloadHelper

See also:

Search engines

Search engines that are better (safer with less censorship and corporatocracy bias) than Google Search:

Brave Search

  • Wikipedia: Brave Search
  • Private, independent, and transparent, Brave Search is a search engine developed by the makers of the Brave web browser, a real alternative to Google. On mobile, desktop, and anywhere the web takes you. Search with privacy and confidence that your searches and clicks are not being tracked and traced.





  • Wikipedia: YaCy
  • YaCy (pronounced "ya see") is a free and open-source decentralized and distributed search engine, built on the principles of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. Join a community of search engines or make your own search portal. There are these three use cases you can choose from: P2P Mode Web Search by the people, for the people: decentralized, all users are equal, no central, no search request storage, shared index.

Social media



More soon.




    • Lemmy is a Reddit-like link aggregator for the fediverse - a free and open-source software for running self-hosted social news aggregation and discussion forums. Lemmy instances are run by a large number of individuals or corporations, each with their own content moderation policies. There is no advertising, tracking, or secret algorithms. Content is organized into communities, so it is easy to subscribe to topics that you are interested in, and ignore others.
    • Wikipedia: Lemmy (software)



  • Decentralized and Federated.
  • Mastodon is more than just a website like Twitter - it's thousands of interconnected Mastodon instances.
  • Mastodon may seem rather counter-intuitive and not user-friendly.


MediaWikis are very secure, extremely well supported globally as FLOSS (free / libré open-source software), and because powerful decentralized or distributed wiki networks do not exist (yet), Projex.Wiki's simple decentralization solution and top priority is to provide openly downloadable backups to prepare for the worst (censorship and loss of freedom).

Projex.Wiki:Download backups coming soon.


    • Movim posts and chat is akin to Facebook/Messenger.
    • Movim is a free and open-source distributed social network built on top of the XMPP protocol. It can be accessed using existing XMPP clients and Jabber accounts.
    • DuckDuckGo: Movim
    • Wikipedia: Movim


    • The World's Timebank and community app.
    • An alternative to the fiat currency-based economy.
    • Offer and request services, engage in experiences and exchange items with the click of a button. Expose your hidden talents.

Saidit is an uncensored Reddit-like aggregation news and debate forum for free-thinking and truth-seeking.


  • Wikipedia: Signal (software)
  • Signal is an encrypted messaging service for instant messaging, voice, and video calls. The instant messaging function includes sending text, voice notes, images, videos, and other files. Communication may be one-to-one between users, or for group messaging.
  • Signal is a superior alternative to WhatsApp for messaging apps.


    • TheBrain: The Ultimate Digital Memory
    • TheBrain is the trusted repository of all kinds of people and knowledge. From business leaders to visionary artists. From scientific data to marketing plans. When you start your Brain, you join a community of people who share your passion for knowledge and getting things done.
    • TheBrain Technologies is a software company located in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1998, they specialize in a Knowledge Graph type of mind mapping software.
      ~ Wikipedia: TheBrain Technologies


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Worth further investigation

  • DAO Decentralized autonomous organization
    • A decentralized autonomous organization, sometimes called a decentralized autonomous corporation, is an organization constructed by rules encoded as a computer program that is often transparent, controlled by the organization's members and not influenced by a central government.
      ~ Wikipedia: Decentralized autonomous organization
    • Nostr stands for "Notes and Other Stuff Transmitted by Relays". Like HTTP or TCP-IP, Nostr is a protocol; an open standard upon which anyone can build. Nostr itself is not an app or service that you sign up for. Nostr is designed for simplicity and enables censorship-resistant and globally decentralized publishing on the web.
    • The Qortal Project is a new concept of utilizing blockchain technology in order to provide infrastructure for virtually any ethical system to be built upon. Qortal’s codebase is written completely from scratch other than some minor implementations from the QORA chain which required modification. Qortal aims to: 1) rebuild the Internet as we know it, 2) build a fair worldwide trustless cryptographic economic system, and 3) to provide the world with a much needed and truly democratic approach to some of most commonly used services:


Internet Archive

  • The Internet Archive is an American non-profit digital library founded on May 10, 1996. It provides free universal access to collections of digitized materials like websites, software applications, print materials, books, audiovisual movies & music, as well as 624 billion archived web pages. The Archive is also an activist organization, advocating a free and open Internet.
    Wikipedia: Internet Archive

The Wayback Machine

  • The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web founded by the Internet Archive, created in 1996, launched publicly in 2001, it allows the user to go "back in time" and see how websites looked in the past.
    Wikipedia: Wayback Machine

Wikimedia Commons

See also


There is no such thing as perfect security - but you don't have to be stupid nor make it easy for hackers and/or tyrannical forces to spy, trace, and track you.

Anonymity, Privacy, and Security are often used interchangeably, but they actually represent distinct concepts. It is important to understand the differences between them.

Awesome Piracy

Aggregated lists of resource bookmarks.

Awesome Privacy

The primary focus of this list is to provide alternatives that prioritize privacy. These alternatives give you control over your data and do not collect or sell it.

ChatGPT alternatives

Nil's Free Speech Hosting Guide

Privacy Tools

Privacy Tools Guide: Website for Encrypted Software & Apps

Restore Privacy

Privacy and Security News (top) + Restore Privacy Resources (below)


    • For the privacy inclined, Tor, short for "The Onion Router," is free and open-source software for enabling anonymous communication.
      ~ Wikipedia: Tor (network)

Tor Browser

Tails OS (operating system)

    • Tails, or "The Amnesic Incognito Live System," is a security-focused Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at preserving privacy and anonymity. It connects to the Internet exclusively through the anonymity network Tor.
    • ~ Wikipedia: Tails (operating system)



qBittorrent is a cross-platform free and open-source BitTorrent client with a search engine. ~ Wikipedia: qBittorrent

See also:


Friendly (pirate) resources instead of subscriptions to NetFlix, movies, sports, streaming, etc.

VoIP (telephone landline alternative)

Video downloaders

VLC media player

VLC media player is among the best open-source video players, streaming tools, conversion tools, and can download videos (not as simply as WinX below). How to Download YouTube Videos with VLC (2023 Full Guide)

WinX YouTube Downloader

WinX YouTube Downloader features a much easier simpler interface for those less technically adept.

YouTube-DLG (older)

The standalone app YouTube-DLG ( has the ability to download YouTube audio, video, and merged files, batch download channels, and/or batch download playlists, along with the ability to custom batch rename downloaded files as you see fit. YouTube-DLG downloads easily from most sites with videos (ie. Facebook, Reddit, Rumble, Twitter, etc.), not just YouTube. Admittedly it is perhaps too much for most folks being advanced geekery with so much customizability and power. Expert geek users might not use the GUI (graphic user interface) and may prefer to use command line control with the original YouTube-DL (

YT-DLP (newer) article: YT-DLP: The Complete Guide (2023), to download and install it on your Windows or Linux machine.

yt-dlp is a command-line program that lets you easily download videos and audio from more than a thousand websites. See the list of supported sites. (Note: yt-dlp is a fork of youtube-dl that was created after the parent project became stagnant. [...] Check the list of differences [between the newer YT-DLP and the old YT-DL].) ~ source: YT-DLP article on

Crowdsourced references


Projex.Wiki will be starting a list of tech alternatives and solutions for normies and resistance folks. Please discuss them here and I'll copy paste your feedback/reviews. - posted on SaidIt, by JasonCarswell, Feb 15, 2022.

  • Peer2Peer tier (Impossible to take down)
    • Briar (chat, group-chat/private forums and forums), ManyVerse (chat, group-chat up to 7 and Facebook style posts), Jami (chat and group-chat), Aether (Reddit-style forum)
  • Decentralized tier (Hard to take it all down at once, no single point of failure)
    • Mastodon replaces Twitter, Diaspora/Friendica replaces Facebook, Lemmy replaces Reddit - basically anything that supports ActivityPub
  • Self-hosted tier (Easy to take down)
    • NextCloud (pi) for home cloud, YunoHost for private hosting, Matrix/XMPP/email/websites, scripts etc.
  • Phone and computers (Disregarding the physical spy chips on modern CPU's)
  • Use Linux on your computer, use open-source ROMs on your phone. If you can't hack it, it's not your hardware.
  • I subscribe to a lot of open source producers (PinePhone, Fairphone, etc) and programmers, newsbots, interesting people etc.
  • I also subscribe to YouTube and Instagram style platforms through the same account and get it in the same feed. I run a dedicated script that converts RSS to AP, so I subscribe to news sites through Mastodon too.
  • NextCloud rather than Google cloud services
  • Unbound (for running your own DNS server) rather than using the ISP DNS servers.

After Effects alternatives


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