What we use to build AlternativeTo

  • Adobe Photoshop

    A lot of the design elements on the site was done in Photoshop over the years, but lately we're leaning towards Sketch.

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  • GitHub

    Like most other software developers nowdays we use GIT as our source control system and we host our code on GitHub. We also use their issue system to associate bugs with commits and so on.

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  • Trello icon

    Trello

    We have a lot of plans for the site and this is currently where we keep them organized, or at least keep them.

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Make money online!

  • Linkarus icon

    Linkarus

    Get paid to share links, Linkarus provides a url shortener that pays you for each visitor to your shortened links.

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available.
  • Google AdSense icon

    Google AdSense

    If you have a website, mobile app or YouTube video channel, AdSense can pay you to display ads.

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  • Fiverr icon

    Fiverr

    With Fiverr, you can can offer to do practically any micro task for money.

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Start your own startup

  • Odoo icon

    Odoo

    An incredibly robust platform, Odoo provides features for practically all aspects of business operations from project management and estimates to web design and e-commerce.

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  • Upwork icon

    Upwork

    Businesses need employees and UpWork provides one of the best ways to find and hire qualified personnel.

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  • Novanym icon

    Novanym

    Not sure what to name your startup? Novanym provides ready-made brand names complete with a logo.

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Valentines Day Apps

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Recently discontinued apps

  • Evolve icon

    Evolve

    Evolve is a desktop app and community for serious gamers. It makes it easy to cast your games on Twitch, share captured screenshots and videos on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and show off your achievements and playtime. It cuts...

    Freemium Windows Web Danilo_Venom-image  Jun 2017

    • Discontinued Evolve shut down as of June 1, 2017 due to lack of funds.
  • Mininova icon

    Mininova

    Mininova is a torrent search engine and directory on the net. It started in January 2005 as an alternative to the (at that time very popular) SuprNova, which went offline at the end of 2004 due to legal issues. Its goal is to provide an...

    Free Web Danilo_Venom-image  Apr 2017

    • Discontinued Mininova.org was shut down on April 4th, 2017
  • CodePlex icon

    CodePlex

    CodePlex is Microsoft's open source project hosting web site. Start a new project, join an existing one, or download software created by the community.

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    • Discontinued CodePlex will be shut down on December 15th, 2017: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2017/03/31/shutting-down-codeplex/
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Good games, no ads!

  • Snake '97 icon

    Snake '97

    One of the most stylish renditions of Snake, looks and plays just like it did on old mobile phones, with no ads!

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  • Unleashed Pixel Dungeon icon

    Unleashed Pixel Dungeon

    Possibly the best dungeon crawl game around, this one also has an intuitive interface with no ads.

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Push your creativity

  • Minecraft icon

    Minecraft

    Minecraft pushes the extremes of human ingenuity by thrusting players into a world of voxel blocks to build the world of their dreams.

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  • XMind icon

    XMind

    A great starting point for ideas, XMind helps you map and organize your thoughts.

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  • Lumosity icon

    Lumosity

    More than just a creative booster, Lumosity tests and pushes all your mental powers!

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Security and Privacy Enhancing Firefox Add-ons

  • uBlock Origin icon

    uBlock Origin

    uBlock Origin is the most efficient ad blocker of its kind. This will protect against malvertising, some malicious sites, corporate user tracking (to some extent) as well as speed up loading times, remove ads, and prevent WebRTC from leaking local IPv6 addresses even when connected to a VPN.
    You can find a uBlock Origin backup file containing filter lists that I recommend and personally use [here](https://gist.githubusercontent.com/anonsubmitter/f4abc5cc32f53a0a1353e2e023608e9f/raw/e029147cdd72b902fad0062193b04dcddc8686a5/uBlock_Origin_filter_lists.txt ). (Ctrl + S to save the backup file and then import it by clicking the "Restore from file..." button at the bottom of the "Settings" tab, select the backup file in the dialog box that will pop up, go to the "3rd-party filters" tab and click the yellow "Update now" button). The WebRTC leak prevention setting is not selected, so if you are going to be using a VPN or otherwise don't care about missing content on sites using WebRTC, activate it in the "Settings" tab. Add whatever regional filters are relevant to your browsing habits in the "3rd-party filters" tab, otherwise you will probably see some ads on the non-English sites you visit. The http://www.hostsfile.org/Downloads/hosts.txt filter list is sometimes a bit aggressive when it comes to blocking domains, so if it gets in the way of your browsing too much, delete or deactivate it. The same can be said about Blockzilla to a small degree, but it's not nearly as bad. If you want descriptions of what each and every filter list blocks or want to add subscriptions yourself, check out [filterlists.com](https://filterlists.com/ ).

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  • uMatrix icon

    uMatrix

    uMatrix contains similar ad blocking functionality as Small uBlock Origin iconuBlock Origin via host files, though it can't handle cosmetic filters/element hiding, only network filters, aka domain blocking. It also has several other features like sandboxing and deletion of cookies and [web storage](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_storage ) from blacklisted domains which are defined by the same filter lists that ad blockers use, scheduled deletion of session cookies and cache, [hyperlink auditing](https://html.spec.whatwg.org/multipage/semantics.html#hyperlink-auditing ) (tracking technique) prevention, HTTP referer blocking (I recommend letting Small Referer Control iconReferer Control handle that though, so that you are able to whitelist sites that break), and strict HTTPS (blocking of unencrypted HTTP content - called mixed content - from being loaded into HTTPS pages).
    As for which extension to use when it comes to uMatrix and uBlock Origin, if you want a full-fledged ad blocker with element hiding and not just domain blocking, then use uBlock Origin. If you like uMatrix features, like how it handles sandboxes and deletes cookies from blocked domains, use uMatrix. Nothing says that you can't use both either. Using hosts files in uMatrix while at the same time using filter lists with cosmetic filter rules in uBlock Origin is a totally viable option.
    You can find a uMatrix backup file containing filter lists that I recommend and personally use [here](https://gist.githubusercontent.com/anonsubmitter/e6c14d9afd4e5904d20d42aacf53e40c/raw/ea4f2e2458cc9a32b46c7c8d01f2228d95f3c56b/uMatrix_hosts_files ). (Ctrl + S to save the backup file and then import it by clicking the "Restore from file..." button at the bottom of the "About" tab, select the backup file in the dialog box that will pop up, go to the "Hosts files" tab, click the "Auto-update hosts files." checkbox and click the yellow "Update now" button). In case you want to combine uMatrix with uBlock Origin, [here](https://gist.githubusercontent.com/anonsubmitter/db7f5ddf80960b8e4de5e50e9e21a330/raw/81d0feaa260da4fd3057993d0509a7a76577bced/uBlock_Origin_filter_lists_without_hosts_files ) is a backup file for uBlock Origin that only contains the filter lists that uMatrix can't handle. If you want descriptions of what each and every filter list blocks or want to add subscriptions yourself, check out [filterlists.com](https://filterlists.com/ ).

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  • NoScript icon

    NoScript

    NoScript can block all scripts except for scripts whitelisted by the user or only scripts on selected sites as well as other security threats like XSS attacks and clickjacking. Blocking all scripts will break a lot of pages, so I have it set to allow all scripts and temporarily set it to block all scripts on less reputable websites. Some websites only use scripts to generate pop-up windows and NoScript is an excellent solution to that kind of aggressive and annoying advertising.

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Crew Picks

  • Jump Doper icon

    Jump Doper

    Dead simple but fun game of rope jumping with one-tap controls, cool visuals and no ads. It's cross-platform too!

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  • Twist icon

    Twist

    Twist offers a more focused, less stressful take on company communication. It's a tidy, accessible Slack alternative.

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  • AcquiredBy icon

    AcquiredBy

    While currently lacking some notable items, this web site offers an intriguing look at the tech world through tech acquisitions.

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Go cross-platform

  • Inkscape

    VECTOR IMAGE EDITING - Competing with the likes of Adobe Illustrator is no easy task, but Inkscape holds its own by adding hugely powerful SVG features to the vector graphic tool set. Topping that off, it's available on Windows, Mac and Linux.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD ... PortableApps.com Ugotsta-image  Mar 2016

  • Blender icon

    Blender

    3D GRAPHIC EDITING - Renowned worldwide for its powerful and encompassing 3D development tool set and intuitive workflow, Blender is also equally at home with all the major operating systems. A lesser known fact, Blender is also very adept as a cross-platform video editor.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD ... PortableApps.com Haiku AmigaOS MorphOS Ugotsta-image  Mar 2016

  • Atom icon

    Atom

    TEXT AND CODE EDITING - Atom has a downright beautiful interface that makes code and text editing fun. It's also fully customizable and hackable and brings all that great functionality to all major OSes.

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Updated web browsers for Windows XP

  • Mozilla Firefox

    Firefox is of course the first alternative to consider if you want to replace Chrome, but Mozilla announced Firefox 52 will be the last version supporting XP and Vista. Security updates will be released until September 2017.

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  • Opera

    Opera, which is Chromium-based, announced that the last version for XP will be Opera 36, but support will continue with security and crash fixes. This is probably the best choice if you want to migrate from Chrome with few hassles and no radical changes.

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  • Midori icon

    Midori

    Midori is a lightweight web browser based on Webkit engine. It's the default browser for Raspbian distribution, but it works great with Windows XP too.

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People are searching for alternatives to...

  • Facebook icon

    Facebook

    Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and...

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  • Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X.

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  • Microsoft Office Visio icon

    Microsoft Office Visio

    Microsoft Office Visio makes it easy for IT and business professionals to visualize, explore, and communicate complex information. Go from complicated text and tables that are hard to understand to Visio diagrams that communicate...

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Make music on the go

  • FL Studio icon

    FL Studio

    The mobile version of the hugely popular FL Studio received a rewrite for version 3 that provides possibly the best experience for mobile music creation thus far. With an elastic interface that grows and shrinks to suit the user's needs and a contextual, touch-based design made for human fingers while still working feasibly for desktops, the app removes the tedious stuff and allows the musician to focus on the creative process.

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  • GarageBand icon

    GarageBand

    Apple's GarageBand is widely known as being one of the easiest ways to create music and the mobile version maintains that status in taking music composition on the go with a powerful sequencer, mixer, built-in sounds and effects.

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  • Caustic icon

    Caustic

    One of the most popular mobile music studios, Caustic covers all the basics and more with its automatable synths, drums and effects alongside a mobile-centric sequencer and mixer. Its rack-mount inspired, multi-touch interface is a breeze to navigate with an elegant, ever-present transport bar.

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Built with Electron

  • WordPress

    WordPress stands as the biggest name in blogging and the company behind it all used Electron to bring WordPress.com to the desktop.

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  • Atom icon

    Atom

    As with Electron, Atom is built by GitHub and its beautiful code editing experience provides a powerful showcase for Electron's capabilities, highlighting its strength as a fully adept cross-platform development tool.

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  • Slack icon

    Slack

    Slack is an indispensable tool for many online businesses and Electron drives its integrated desktop app.

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The best free DAWs

  • Ardour icon

    Ardour

    Ardour is a commercial strength DAW that continues to advance in sophistication and features. Not only is it dirt cheap for a pre-compiled version, it's totally free for the code to compile it yourself.

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  • AudioTool icon

    AudioTool

    AudioTool is a gem of audio composition, being totally free but still possessing advanced features that easily compare with the big DAWs. Plus, it's built for online use so compositions are easily portable and collaboration and social sharing is very simple.

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  • Rosegarden icon

    Rosegarden

    Designed strictly for Linux, Rosegarden provides powerful multi-track composition features normally found in pricey commercial apps, totally for free.

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Pokémon Go!

  • PokéMesh icon

    PokéMesh

    PokéMesh is an Android app that improves your Pokemon GO experience by displaying all the Pokemon, Pokestop and Gyms available around you or in the selected area. You can filter out the Pokémon you're not interested about...

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    • Discontinued In January 2017, the developer received a Cease and Desist order by Nyantic and closed his website.
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Software Used in Mr. Robot

  • Kali Linux icon

    Kali Linux

    Kali Linux is a Linux distro made for security researchers for penetration testing, but is also used by hackers since it is jam packed with hacking tools. It is regularly featured in Mr. Robot since it is the hackers' operating system of choice.

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  • Wickr icon

    Wickr

    Wickr is an end-to-end encrypted chat app with features such as adjustable expiration time for messages. It is used by fsociety in season 2 for secure communication.

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  • Tor Browser icon

    Tor Browser

    Tor Browser is widely considered to be the best anonymizing tool out there. It will make your Internet activity very hard to trace, which fsociety takes advantage of when Trenton in season 2, episode 8 uploads a leaked FBI conference call about illegal mass surveillance to Small Vimeo iconVimeo using Tor Browser.

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This Year in VR

  • InCell VR icon

    InCell VR

    One of the very best games for the Google Cardboard platform, InCell provides an engaging, visually rich experience that's very easy to control, while also managing to educate through entertainment. Hailed as an action/racing game, it immerses players into a cellular world with the objective of protecting a cell from the influenza virus. It's an accessible experience for VR newcomers and is available across multiple platforms as well as Google Cardboard. The game was launched through Steam in September of 2015 and along with the developer's similar hit title InMind, has provided a great example of early VR possibilities throughout 2016.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android ... iPhone Steam Ugotsta-image  Dec 2016

  • The Lab icon

    The Lab

    A Steam exclusive developed by Valve and launched in April, The Lab offers a fun bunch of room-scale VR experiments like the archery game Longbow or aptly named Robot Repair. The game has received overwhelmingly positive reviews and remains a favorite among Steam VR users.

    Free Windows HTC Vive Steam Oculus Rift Ugotsta-image  Dec 2016

  • Tilt Brush icon

    Tilt Brush

    Few apps created as much VR buzz this year as has Google’s Title Brush. Released early in April through Steam, and exclusively for the HTC Vive, the app has users unleashing their creativity on a virtual canvas, painting in 3D with brush strokes, light and stars. The app sparked tremendous interest in VR, having received nothing but great reviews, and has inspired at least a few similar apps.

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Best Apps of 2016

  • Prisma icon

    Prisma

    Art filters made a huge splash this year, largely due to Prisma. Released in June, the app provided a simple process for users to take a photo, select an artistic filter, upload the photo to Prisma's servers and shortly after, receive a version of the photo with their selected filter applied. It was so easy and the results were so breathtaking that the app exploded in popularity, spawning a number of clones. The app has continued with amazing feature updates that have helped make 2016 a beautifully artistic year.

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  • Pigment - Coloring Book icon

    Pigment - Coloring Book

    Released for iOS at the end of the year 2015 and finally launched for Android in 2016, Pigment provides the best digital representation of the adult coloring book phenomenon to date.

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Ugotsta-image  Dec 2016

  • Slither.io icon

    Slither.io

    Developers of the hit game mitos.is took the game concept to another level with the even bigger snake-eating hit, Slither.io. From its release in March, the game continually picked up new fans and great reviews.

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Great apps made greater with Apple Pencil

  • Pixelmator icon

    Pixelmator

    Pixelmator has long been a leading alternative to Photoshop and the iOS version's panning and zooming controls provide an incentive to use it over the desktop version. With an Apple Pencil, it's a more powerful incentive. It adds a level of precision to drawing and correction tools that eclipses the desktop's mouse and keyboard combo.

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad Ugotsta-image  Jan 2017

  • Affinity Photo icon

    Affinity Photo

    Affinity Photo was already an outstanding photo editor and potential Photoshop killer before it made its way to iPad. With the iPad release though, it brought the power of desktop image editing to mobile and Apple Pencil support tops it all off with that much needed control for both freehand drawing and painting as well as vector interaction.

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  • Notability icon

    Notability

    Apple Pencil makes it much simpler to put this feature-packed note-taking app to full use. Easily scribble notes and interact with imported PDFs just like real world documents, while simultaneously recording audio such as lectures or work meetings.

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Extensions to make WordPress do anything

  • BuddyPress icon

    BuddyPress

    Have an idea for a new social network? Add BuddyPress on top of WordPress and you'll get a full-featured social network totally free. Build the network the way you want with this highly configurable plugin.

    Open Source Self-Hosted Wordpress Ugotsta-image  Feb 2017

  • AnsPress icon

    AnsPress

    Create your own Q&A site through WordPress, just like Quora or Stackoverflow. AnsPress is a seriously high-powered solution that looks great, offers much more than just typical Q&A features and best of all, is free and open-source.

    Open Source Self-Hosted Wordpress Ugotsta-image  Feb 2017

  • WP-Invoice icon

    WP-Invoice

    Got clients and need to accept payments from them? WP-Invoice integrates with your WordPress site to let you do it all from there. Just create an invoice and your client gets an email with a link to view and pay it.

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Apps to keep your data private

  • privacytools.io icon

    privacytools.io

    Probably the most practical first stop to make when looking to ensure your data is private, privacytools.io offers a massive list of recommendations for privacy-focused software and services. It's a well-rounded source that really is indispensable for finding suitable apps.

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  • Cryptomator icon

    Cryptomator

    If you're using cloud storage, consider Cryptomator to automatically encrypt your files. It offers a transparent workflow that's dead simple, plus it's free, open-source and cross platform for desktop and mobile.

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  • OpenWrt icon

    OpenWrt

    All your data typically goes through a router. OpenWrt is a Linux distribution that can be used on a wide variety of routers to provide a configurable, privacy-focused alternative to a router's default system.

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Security and Privacy Enhancing Chrome Extensions

  • uBlock Origin icon

    uBlock Origin

    uBlock Origin is the most efficient ad blocker of its kind. This will protect against malvertising, some malicious sites, corporate user tracking (to some extent) as well as speed up loading times, remove ads, and prevent WebRTC from leaking local IPv6 addresses even when connected to a VPN.
    You can find a uBlock Origin backup file containing filter lists that I recommend and personally use [here](https://gist.githubusercontent.com/anonsubmitter/f4abc5cc32f53a0a1353e2e023608e9f/raw/e029147cdd72b902fad0062193b04dcddc8686a5/uBlock_Origin_filter_lists.txt ). (Ctrl + S to save the backup file and then import it by clicking the "Restore from file..." button at the bottom of the "Settings" tab, select the backup file in the dialog box that will pop up, go to the "3rd-party filters" tab and click the yellow "Update now" button). The WebRTC leak prevention setting is not selected, so if you are going to be using a VPN or otherwise don't care about missing content on sites using WebRTC, activate it in the "Settings" tab. Add whatever regional filters are relevant to your browsing habits in the "3rd-party filters" tab, otherwise you will probably see some ads on the non-English sites you visit. The http://www.hostsfile.org/Downloads/hosts.txt filter list is sometimes a bit aggressive when it comes to blocking domains, so if it gets in the way of your browsing too much, delete or deactivate it. The same can be said about Blockzilla to a small degree, but it's not nearly as bad. If you want descriptions of what each and every filter list blocks or want to add subscriptions yourself, check out [filterlists.com](https://filterlists.com/ ).

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android ... Windows RT Android Tablet BSD Microsoft Edge Vivaldi Browser Chrome Safari Yandex.Browser FreeBSD Thunderbird Opera SeaMonkey Chromium Firefox anonsubmitter-image  Mar 2017

  • uMatrix icon

    uMatrix

    uMatrix contains similar ad blocking functionality as Small uBlock Origin iconuBlock Origin via host files, though it can't handle cosmetic filters/element hiding, only network filters, aka domain blocking. It also has several other features like sandboxing and deletion of cookies and [web storage](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_storage ) from blacklisted domains which are defined by the same filter lists that ad blockers use, scheduled deletion of session cookies and cache, [hyperlink auditing](https://html.spec.whatwg.org/multipage/semantics.html#hyperlink-auditing ) (tracking technique) prevention, HTTP referer blocking (I recommend letting Small Referer Control iconReferer Control handle that though, so that you are able to whitelist sites that break), and strict HTTPS (blocking of unencrypted HTTP content - called mixed content - from being loaded into HTTPS pages).
    As for which extension to use when it comes to uMatrix and uBlock Origin, if you want a full-fledged ad blocker with element hiding and not just domain blocking, then use uBlock Origin. If you like uMatrix features, like how it handles sandboxes and deletes cookies from blocked domains, use uMatrix. Nothing says that you can't use both either. Using hosts files in uMatrix while at the same time using filter lists with cosmetic filter rules in uBlock Origin is a totally viable option.
    You can find a uMatrix backup file containing filter lists that I recommend and personally use [here](https://gist.githubusercontent.com/anonsubmitter/e6c14d9afd4e5904d20d42aacf53e40c/raw/ea4f2e2458cc9a32b46c7c8d01f2228d95f3c56b/uMatrix_hosts_files ). (Ctrl + S to save the backup file and then import it by clicking the "Restore from file..." button at the bottom of the "About" tab, select the backup file in the dialog box that will pop up, go to the "Hosts files" tab, click the "Auto-update hosts files." checkbox and click the yellow "Update now" button). In case you want to combine uMatrix with uBlock Origin, [here](https://gist.githubusercontent.com/anonsubmitter/db7f5ddf80960b8e4de5e50e9e21a330/raw/81d0feaa260da4fd3057993d0509a7a76577bced/uBlock_Origin_filter_lists_without_hosts_files ) is a backup file for uBlock Origin that only contains the filter lists that uMatrix can't handle. If you want descriptions of what each and every filter list blocks or want to add subscriptions yourself, check out [filterlists.com](https://filterlists.com/ ).

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  • Privacy Badger icon

    Privacy Badger

    Privacy Badger is an add-on developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that blocks online trackers. While uBlock Origin also does this with the right filter lists, Privacy Badger uses behavioural heuristics and can therefore block trackers that are not in any filter list yet. It can prevent WebRTC from leaking local IPv6 addresses even when connected to a VPN.

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VPNs for Security and Privacy: 2017 Edition

  • Mullvad icon

    Mullvad

    Mullvad is in my judgement currently the most secure known VPN for Windows. It is listed on Privacy Tools very selective [VPN providers with extra layers of privacy](https://privacytoolsio.github.io/privacytools.io/#vpn ) list and was one of only six VPNs (of 29 tested) that passed [VPNTesting.info](https://vpntesting.info/ )'s extensive leak test on Windows. They did however not pass the Mac leak test. It also does really well in [That One Privacy Site's VPN comparison chart](https://thatoneprivacysite.net/vpn-comparison-chart/ ). Mullvad run by Internet activists and is based in Sweden, which has good privacy laws, they keep no logs, support Small OpenVPN iconOpenVPN, and their VPN client is open source. Mullvad allows customers to pay anonymously via Small Bitcoin iconBitcoin or even by mailing them cash, for those who do not want a digital trail left behind after their VPN purchase. [They have recently also started selling anonymous activation codes for Mullvad in stores in the Nordic countries](https://mullvad.net/blog/2017/3/29/mullvad-vpn-now-available-stores/ ). Mullvad requires no personal information to start an account, not even an email address, making it the most anonymous VPN service on this list. Just fill in the captcha, generate an account number and pay to activate the account.

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  • OVPN.se icon

    OVPN.se

    OVPN.se is in my judgement currently the most secure known VPN for Mac. It is listed on Privacy Tools very selective [VPN providers with extra layers of privacy](https://privacytoolsio.github.io/privacytools.io/#vpn ) list and was one of only four VPNs (of 29 tested) that passed [VPNTesting.info](https://vpntesting.info/ )'s extensive leak test on Mac. OVPN.se did however not pass the Windows leak test. It also does really well in [That One Privacy Site's VPN comparison chart](https://thatoneprivacysite.net/vpn-comparison-chart/ ). OVPN.se is based in Sweden, which has good privacy laws, they keep no logs, support Small OpenVPN iconOpenVPN, and they allow customers to pay anonymously via Small Bitcoin iconBitcoin or even by mailing them cash, for those who do not want a digital trail left behind after their VPN purchase. [OVPN.se has gone to great lengths to ensure physical security by removing any kind of storage media](https://www.ovpn.se/en/blog/improvement-of-the-physical-security/ ), so their servers have no hard drives, USBs, or CD in them and thus it is impossible for those servers to store any user data. [OVPN.se has taken out an insureance for trial costs](https://www.ovpn.se/en/blog/we-are-now-insured-against-trial-costs/ ) that covers up to 2.5 million SEK (about $280 000 / 260 000€).

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web ... Android iPhone anonsubmitter-image  Mar 2017

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    AirVPN

    AirVPN is a secure VPN for Windows. It is listed on Privacy Tools very selective [VPN providers with extra layers of privacy](https://privacytoolsio.github.io/privacytools.io/#vpn ) list and was one of only six VPNs (of 29 tested) that passed [VPNTesting.info](https://vpntesting.info/ )'s extensive leak test on Windows. AirVPN did however not pass the Mac leak test. It also does really well in [That One Privacy Site's VPN comparison chart](https://thatoneprivacysite.net/vpn-comparison-chart/ ). AirVPN is based in Italy, keeps no logs, allows customers to pay anonymously via Small Bitcoin iconBitcoin, supports Small OpenVPN iconOpenVPN, and their VPN client is open source. AirVPN's staff includes activists, hacktivists and members or the Swedish and Italian Pirate Parties.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android ... iPhone anonsubmitter-image  Mar 2017

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