Recommended Tech

I’m always asked what I use to keep my data private and secure. I’ve compiled the following recommended tech, which I’ll continuously update. Some of these suggestions might be a bit techie and may not fit everyone’s level of consumer polish. Learning how technology works and taking control of it is integral to becoming a true Data Overhauler. 😉


SoftwareReplace ThisWith ThisComplete Replacement
Operating SystemMicrosoft WindowsLinux Mint (or any Linux distribution), Apple OSXYes
Productivity SoftwareMicrosoft OfficeLibreOffice, FreeOfficeYes
BrowserMicrosoft Edge, Google Chrome, Apple SafariFirefoxBraveTor BrowserYes
Digital NotebookMicrosoft OneNote, Google Keep, Apple NotesJoplinTurtlYes
Password Manageryour brain/memory, sticky note on your monitor, your phone’s address book etcBitwarden, a KeePass Client,
1Password (commercial)
Two-Factor Authenticationnot using it, codes sent via SMSAegisFreeOTPAndOTP
PDF ReadingAdobe Acrobat ReaderYour browserYes
PDF EditingAdobe AcrobatMaster PDF Editor (not OSS)Yes


ServiceReplace ThisWith ThisComplete Replacement
Email, Calendar, ContactsGmail, iCloud, Outlook, etcProton, Tutanota, MailfenceDisroot, NextcloudYes
Online StorageGoogle Drive, Amazon Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, etcNextcloudInternxt, Keybase, or use CryptomatorYes
Bookmark SyncingGoogle Chrome, Apple SafariBraveYes
PrintingGoogle Cloud PrintWiFi or USBAlmost
MusicGoogle Play Music, Spotify, PandoraPlex No
VPNPrivate Internet Access PIAMullvadTor BrowserProtonVPNYes
Search EngineGoogle, BingDuckDuckGoQwant, SearxMostly
Credit CardGiving your credit card number Privacy.comYes
Video ConferencingZoom,, WebEx, Microsoft TeamsJitsi MeetYes
Mobile Phone ServiceAT&T, T-mobile, Verizon, etcPrepaid providers like Mint Mobile or Silent LinkYes
Video StreamingYouTubeInvidious & LBRYYes

Hardware & Networking

Hardware/NetworkReplace ThisWith ThisComplete Replacement
Laptopmost consumer laptopsPurism Librem Laptops, Apple laptops with attention to configurationYes
WiFi RouterGoogle WiFi, your provider’s routeranonaboxFlashRoutersYes
Home Assistant/ AutomationGoogle Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomePodDon’t use these, but maybe MycroftNo
DNSYour ISP’s or Google’s DNSNextDNSYes (WAY better)


Hardware/AppReplace ThisWith ThisComplete Replacement
SmartphoneApple iPhone, most commercial Android-based phonesCalyxOS, GrapheneOSPurism Librem PhonePinephoneAlmost
MessagingiMessage, Android MessagesSignal, Briar, JamiYes
BrowserChrome, SafariBrave, Bromite, Firefox Focus/KlarYes
KeyboardGboardAnySoftKeyboard, GrammarlyMostly
WiFi managerNot using oneWiFi AutomaticYes
VPNGoogle or othersMullvadTor BrowserProtonVPN, Wireguard (with trusted VPN)Yes
App FirewallNot using oneTrackerControl, NetGuard, LockdownYes
WeatherGoogle Weather, WeatherBug, etcForecastie or OpenWeatherYes
PDF & Book reading, TTSAdobe, iBooks, FoxitLibrera PROYes
AudiobookSmart AudioBook Player, Listen Audiobook PlayerVoiceYes
PodcastAnything from Google Play AntennaPodYes
Android App LauncherYour manufacturer’s launcherKISS launcher, reviewed othersYes
Email AppGmail, OutlookNine Email, K-9 Mail, ProtonMail, TutanotaYes
Background Noise Generators for Focus and ProductivityWhite Noise, Sleepa, etcNoice, Binaural BeatsYes
Voice Recorderbuilt-inVoice Recorder, Audio RecorderYes
Location ServicesGoogle Maps or Apple Find MyHauk, OpenTracksMostly

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Throughout this blog, I’m constantly referring to other resources, channels, etc., in the industry. Explore more with me:

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