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Where you can store or share files

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Updated: Mar 15, 2020

Places to store and share files, share videos, share images, storing text and documentation, saving web pages online or offline, privacy tools, decentralized social media, even blockchain-based, viewing/saving old Tweets from Tw!tter, safer email options, and more, all with less censorship: https://pastebin.com/RadNDWbZ. Most of these have free options.

*** = best sites/editors have more stars to the left of their name.

General P2P links

  1. P2P Foundation. https://p2pfoundation.net/ A very general resource with links to white papers, books, articles, even fiction, and Who's Who.

Privacy tools

  1. https://www.privacytools.io/. Discusses privacy issues, laws among nations requesting SSL and encryption keys from ISPs and other providers, and lists non-US VPN services with pricing. It also has tools to get your browser ID, test if your browser has WebRTC IP leak, privacy email providers, etc. Detailed list of Forefox about:config tweaks and their values.
  2. Freedombox. https://www.cnx-software.com/2019/04/22/pioneer-freedombox-home-server-olimex-a20-olinuxino-lime2-board/ Hardware and software package for making a Linux server.

Low-cost web host

This section updated Feb 2020.

  1. 000WebHost.com. http://000WebHost.com. Datacenters in US, UK, Netherlands, Lithuania, Singapore, Brazil, Indonesia. Rejects protonmail.com email accounts. Plans:
    1. Free, Bandwidth 10GB/month, support via forum/knowledgebase, offline 2 hours every month, mysql 1, email accounts; 1, easy website builder, FTP: 1 account
    2. $2.89/mo, bandwidth unlimited, disk space 20GB, websites: unlimited, mysql unlimited, free domain registration, email accounts: unlimited, easy website builder, FTP: unlimited accounts
  2. Bluehost. http://bluehost.com. Matthew in sales. Plans:
    1. $3.95/mo. Dashboard, vague description of plan. Popout chat for support. Upload your own HTML file, no limit on bandwidth or disk space. Has daily graph hit counter.
  3. Dreamhost. https://www.dreamhost.com/promo/cnet395/?
    1. $2.95/mo. Free domain, free SSL cert, unlimited traffic, Wordpress installed, free domain privacy, FTP?
  4. Google. http://sites.google.com. CAUION: censorship! Has analytics. Has web page creator. I have not found how to upload an HTML page yet. Bad, HTML files are served as a Google Doc and TOC links are not clickable.
  5. Hostblast. https://www.hostblast.net/. Has live chat.
    1. $.50/month. Bandwidth: unlimited, disk space: 1GB, unlimited websites.
    2. $.85/month. Bandwidth: unlimited, disk space: 10GB, unlimited websites.
  6. Hostgater. https://www.hostgator.com/web-hosting Asterisk on prices is not explained. Very fishy. Unlimited subdomains, unlimited bandwidth, FTP accounts, email accounts. Free SSL certification. Website stats. Cron jobs. POP3 email accounts with SMTP, unlimited autoresponders.
  7. Hostinger. http://hostinger.com $.99/mo. Since 2004. 100GB bandwidth. Only if you pay for 4 years, then price goes to $7.99/month. Based in Lithuania.
  8. Infinityfree. http://InfinityFree.net . Support via forum. Custom error pages. Cron jobs. IP blocker, SSL/TLS. Daily hit graph under "Account Statistics". Supports PHP. 10mb files not supported!
    1. Free account: Has ads, Unlimited bandwidth and disk space, support via forum/knowledgebase, max websites 400, max email accounts 10, free Cloudflare CDN (Caution: Censorship by Cloudflare). No streaming allowed.
  9. Interserver.net. https://www.interserver.net/webhosting/?id=387890&sid=ha9949960410419866. Possible apps: Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, Prestashop, Magento, Mambo. Free Interinsurance cleans up hacked accounts. $1.99 domain registration. Unlimited email accounts, disk space, bandwidth. Webmail access. Really bad chat support, gives vague answers. Hours of support:
    1. $4/mo paid at $54/yr. Unlimited email accounts, global content caching, Sitepad website builder,
      10 Siteground. https://www.siteground.com/web-hosting.htm
  10. Wix. http://wix.com. Page is way too wide, will not shrink to browser width. Weekly backups, cron jobs.
    1. $13/mo. 2GB bandwidth, 3GB storage, need your own domain, no ads, 30 video minutes, free domain for 1 year.

File sharing

  1. 4shared. http://4shared.com. Requires an account to upload files.
  2. Box. https://www.box.com/pricing. No free option. $5/month for 100GB storage is the starter package.
  3. Codedump. https://ronsoros.github.io/. Share code instantly, like a torrent but browser based. Share any type of text file. Formerly Sharecode. Held and retrieved 1 million bytes with no problem.
  4. Dropbox. http://dropbox.com. You need to install software for Windows to use this. There are free (5GB) and paid options.
  5. File.io. http://file.io. When file is downloaded, it is deleted. You can also set an expiration on the file even if it isn't downloaded. You can also use this from the unix command line. Woo!
  6. Files.fm. Freemium file storage service. https://files.fm/. Account optional? Free account: Store up to 15GB. File size limit is 2GB. Ad-supported downloads. Files available for 60 days only.
    1. Upload one or more files.
    2. Click "Upload files" button.
    3. You will get a screen where you can enter email addresses to send a link to the file. Enter emails and click "Save and Send a Link".
  7. File.pizza. http://file.pizza. Free P2P file sharing via web torrents. More webtorrent sites here: https://webtorrent.io/faq. Chrome has issues supporting files > 500MB, Firefox seems to work with larger files. No account required. File only works while creator's browser page is open. When tab is closed file disappears.
  8. Firefox Send. Free file sharing service with auto expiration of links. No account: 1GB file limit, with account: 2.5GB file limit. You can set that it expires after N downloads, or N days, and even set a password on the file. https://send.firefox.com/ New for 2019.
  9. Furk.net ($). http://furk.net. Secure media file storage, only video and audio files supported but you can store them and stream them from this site. Store and stream media files for free. Stream limit 250gb per month. Requires account. Free trial available only for users with invites, vouchers or Facebook users.
  10. Gofile.io. http://gofile.io. Any size file, account not needed, files are deleted if they are "inactive" for 60 days. File xfers are encrypted, no note on encrypting the files in storage themselves.
  11. Goobox. http://goobox.io/. Send up to 4Gb per transfer for FREE. Zero knowledge end-to-end encryption. Built on Sia, the world's fully decentralized cloud network. Does not support Firefox. It supports Chrome, Opera, and it has a desktop app. Desktop app still in beta. Requires account.
  12. Google. http://drive.google.com. CAUTION! Known for heavy censorship, deleting files and accounts without warning.
  13. Hashbase. Requires account. Hashbase is a public peer for files published with the Dat protocol. We keep your files online while your computer is off. Free plan gives you 100mb of storage. 10GB costs $7/month. http://hashbase.io
  14. Instant. Share files via webtorrents via http://instant.io. Your file probably disappears once you close the web browser tab you seeded it with.
  15. Mediafire. http://mediafire.com. Has an account. Up to 10GB storage for free, file size limited to 4GB each file. Unlimited bandwidth. Easy file sharing with a link. Or use a One-Time link to share the file once.
  16. Mega. http://mega.nz. Encrypted end-to-end, not even Mega knows what's in your files. For larger files (over 2GB?) you will have to use the Mega app because Firefox and other browsers do not have access to enough memory to decrypt the files.
  17. Onedrive. http://onedrive.com Microsoft's free storage service.
  18. Owncloud. http://owncloud.org.
  19. Pcloud. http://transfer.pcloud.com Transfer files up to 5GB each for free. When file is downloaded it is deleted. No account needed. You can also encrypt the files.
  20. Shareboard. http://shareboard.in. Internet file sharing via P2P. Software for Windows only. Based in India?
  21. Webtorrent. Web-based torrents. Security and anonymity unknown. https://webtorrent.io/faq

Storing text, readme files, documentation

  1. 0bin. https://0bin.net/. ""A client side encrypted PasteBin. All pastes are AES256 encrypted, we cannot know what you paste." Can edit files after creation? No.
  2. Bookdown. https://bookdown.org/. This can only publish content from a Github repository, and you can only login using a Google account. The bookdown package is an open-source R package that facilitates writing books and long-form articles/reports with R Markdown. Features include: Generate printer-ready books and ebooks from R Markdown documents. A markup language easier to learn than LaTeX, and to write elements such as section headers, lists, quotes, figures, tables, and citations. Multiple choices of output formats: PDF, LaTeX, HTML, EPUB, and Word. It is free for you to publish the static output files of your book, and you hold the full copyright of your own books.
  3. Coderpad.io ($). http://coderpad.io. A pay service which helps you test technical coding skills of applicants.
  4. Editor. This is code you can install for an online markdown editor, it supports an auto TOC, including a dropdown box TOC. It supports commonmark and standard markdown, Github markdown (GFM), flowchart, sequence diagram, HTML entities, HTML code, Javascript, Latex, Emoji, task lists, realtime preview, and more. Last updated in 2015. Example of editor in use: https://pandao.github.io/editor.md/en.html. Github page: https://github.com/pandao/editor.md.
  5. Edocr by Accusoft. Publish documents, track SEO. You can upload and even sell documents. K,nights Temp.lar are here. https://www.edocr.com/ Free account is fairly limited. Documents can only be uploaded to here, not edited here. Free account is for full public view of docs only.
  6. Firepad.io. Real-time collaboration with no server code. Supports plain text (code) editing and rich text editing with images! https://firepad.io/. This is just the code. Here are sites that use this Firepad: http://socrates.io, http://coderpad.io. See http://firepad.io for more sites that use this tool.
  7. Gist. https://gist.github.com.
  8. Gitbook. Has free option. https://docs.gitbook.com/.
  9. Github pages. https://pages.github.com/ Github Pages. Has free option?
  10. Hashify me. Type in markdown, and make a short link for the file. https://hashify.me. Rewraps all lines in a paragraphs. Anyone can edit the file if they have the link. Live preview as you type. This supports image from URLs too. Also does character count of markdown file. Font in rendered text is pretty big so this would work for mobile applications.
  11. Itty.Bitty.site. Store very small files in the URL itself. Total length of URL limited to 2000 characters, which should work in most browsers. https://itty.bitty.site/edit. Fun for very small sites.
  12. Pastefs.com. http://pastefs.com. Has a login or use it anonymously. Anonymous content cannot be edited once it's published. No expiration dates you can set.
  13. Onlinenotepad. Has an expire time you can set. You can edit files if you log in. You can set a password to view the file, and encrypt the file. https://onlinenotepad.us/
  14. Pancake.io. Does Dropbox and git hosting. Free subdomain. $5usd/month. https://pancake.io
  15. Privatebin. https://privatebin.net/. Once created, files cannot be edited. Supports Markdown, plain text, Source code. Can expire paste after N days. Expire options: 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, never. You can also discuss pastes.
  16. Readme.io. http://readme.io. Paid options only. Free trial is 14 days.
  17. Readthedocs. FREE. Whenever you push code to your favorite version control system, whether that is Git, Mercurial, Bazaar, or Subversion, we will automatically build your docs so your code and documentation are never out of sync. Of course we build and host your docs for the web, but they are also viewable as PDFs, as single page HTML, and for eReaders. No additional configuration is required. We can host and build multiple versions of your docs so having a 1.0 version of your docs and a 2.0 version of your docs is as easy as having a separate branch or tag in your version control system. You must import docs from a project's source code, there is no way to enter docs manually. https://readthedocs.org/.
  18. Socrates.io. http://socrates.io This is just a demo. Header1 is centered by default, rewraps text from different lines in source, add or delete multiple documents, see hamburger menu (3 horizontal lines), no way to publish HTML on another site or storage solution. Anyone can edit the file at any time.
  19. Zerobin. Plain text files only. Once they are created you cannot edit the files. Files can be set to expire, or to have discussion. You can also clone files. https://sebsauvage.net/paste/
  20. See also this paste about online editors with markdown support: https://pastebin.com/T125kqm5

Can edit file after creation

  1. Noteself. https://noteself.github.io/. Like an online Tiddlywiki, looks just like Tiddlywiki, you can use it online or download it offline. Similar to Evernote. ONLINE: Seems to work fine with autosave and no PouchDB setup. Without PouchDB setup you will not get autosync. No markdown available by default. Based on Tiddlywiki 5.1.14. It appears anyone can edit this.
  2. Pastebin. http://pastebin.com. I've been using it for 5+ years and no problems yet. They allow you to download all your files into one zip file. Folders and markdown only supported for pro members. Pro features here: https://pastebin.com/pro.
  3. ***Stackedit.io. http://stackedit.io. You have to link an account to one of several sites in order to write: Dropbox, Blogger, Github, Gitlab, Google Drive, Wordpress, Zendesk.
    1. You can edit files now and publish them later. Write in Markdown then publish in HTML and share HTML link from Dropbox etc.
    2. You must get the link to share from the storage service you use, like Dropbox, Google Drive, Wordpress, etc.
  4. Tiddlywiki. https://tiddlywiki.com/. A self-contained WIKI HTML file with many features. Host it for free online or store it on a local drive. This very mature product has been around for at least 7 years. This is similar to the old Macintosh Hypercard stack, except each "card" is called a "tiddler". Supports markdown entry with an add-in, but also has its own wiki markup language. Great for organizing notes, events, todo lists, stories, etc. https://tiddlyspot.com supports online tiddlywikis for free.

Blockchain/Decentralized storage

  1. IPFS, Interplanetary File System. https://ipfs.io/. Uses block chain technology to hold files. Nodes can request a file to store locally to make it more available. Still in beta. DTube is based on this.
  2. LBRY. See below under "Video hosting".
  3. Safe network. Decentralizing the internet. https://safenetwork.tech/ Transfer Safecoin to any person without transaction fees. You can create and browse content anonymously free of charge. It stores your data forever if you choose.
  4. Sia coin. Distributed, private storage. You have to pay for renting space monthly in Sia coin. https://sia.tech/
  5. Storj. Peer-to-peer storage solution where contents are encrypted end-to-end and no one person has the whole file. It also has a token for storage providers. Minimum storage required to participate: 500GB. Your PC must be on 24/7. 9/2018: there is a working app but registrations are closed for now so new users are not allowed at this time. http://storj.io. Read the docs first. No new registrations available right now. You must buy STORJ tokens in order to pay for storage used, and storage providers must also buy STORJ tokens to prove they are serious about providing storage.
  6. Upfiring. A token and storage management system, store files, get tokens, trade for cash. You also need ETH to pay for gas. http://upfiring.com

Decentralized web

  1. Beaker browser. Beaker is an experimental browser for exploring and building the peer-to-peer Web. Beaker brings peer-to-peer publishing to the Web, turning the browser into a supercharged tool for sharing websites, files, apps, and more. Beaker adds support for a peer-to-peer protocol called Dat. It's the Web you know and love, but instead of HTTP, websites and files are transported with Dat. Deploy a website from your computer — no server required! Visitors connect directly to each other, sharing your site's files and helping keep it online. https://beakerbrowser.com/
  2. Planktos. Decentralized P2P browsing of web pages. Still in alpha stage. 1. Planktos bundles your website's static files into a torrent. 2. HTTP requests are intercepted by the Planktos service worker. 3. Requested files are downloaded from other online users via BitTorrent. https://xuset.github.io/planktos/. Sep 2019: Not updated for over a year.

Decentralized selling

  1. Makersplace. https://makersplace.com/. Accepts Bitcion, E and Ether.

Decentralized and secure messaging

  1. Briar - An ultra-secure peer-to-peer instant messenger that connects to contacts via Direct Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Tor over the internet, keeping its users protected from surveillance and censorship. https://briarproject.org/
  2. Bridgefy. Uses Bluetooth, with or without the internet or cell network. On Apple store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bridgefy/id975776347. For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.bridgefy.main&hl=en_US. Story: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/2019/09/02/hong-kong-protestors-using-mesh-messaging-app-china-cant-block-usage-up-3685/#23653f80135a
  3. Mesh chat. https://mesh.im. Get a secure, anonymous, peer-to-peer instant messenger. One messenger for Internet and LAN chat with end-to-end encryption. Still in alpha testing.
  4. List of apps from Privacytools. https://www.privacytools.io/software/real-time-communication/
  5. Scuttlebutt (New Zealand). A decent(ralised) secure gossip platform that no company can control and also happens to also work offline. Scuttlebutt is a protocol on which many different kinds of apps can be built. As for the social network, there are many clients, just like there are many Twitter clients. It doesn't really matter which one you use. They're all talking on the same network. It uses Markdown formatting. https://www.scuttlebutt.nz/ Docs: https://www.scuttlebutt.nz/getting-started. Windows client called Patchwork: https://ahdinosaur.github.io/patchwork-downloader/
  6. Signal. Signal is a mobile app developed by Open Whisper Systems. The app provides instant messaging, as well as voice and video calling. All communications are end-to-end encrypted. Signal is free and open source. Make crystal-clear voice and video calls to people who live across town, or across the ocean, with no long-distance charges. Send high-quality group, text, voice, video, document, and picture messages anywhere in the world without SMS or MMS fees. Keep your chat history tidy with messages that you can set to disappear. Choose different disappearing message intervals for each conversation. Everyone in the thread shares the same setting. Good memories will last even if the words vanish. Supported by Ed Snowden and Bruce Schneier. https://signal.org/
  7. Wire. (Pay service now with free trial.) End-to-End Encrypted chatting application that supports instant messaging, voice, and video calls. Full source code is available. https://wire.com/
  8. XMPP - Federated instant messaging protocol with OMEMO, OTR, or OpenPGP end-to-end encryption. https://xmpp.org/
  9. Compare secure chat apps. This will help you find a client with features you are looking for. https://securechatguide.org/effguide.html

Storing images for free

These are the impartial image sites where you are less likely to get censored.

  1. http://catbox.moe
  2. https://cloudinary.com/
  3. http://imgbb.com
  4. http://imgbox.com
  5. http://imgflip.com. You can post comments on each image. Also has meme generator. And tool to make demotivational posters.
  6. http://imgtc.com
  7. http://kek.gg. Looks like there is also an URL shortener, a meme generator, and text effects tool. No account to help you locate your images for you.
  8. http://magaimg.net
  9. http://picinfinity.co
  10. http://postimg.cc
  11. http://tinypic.com
  12. http://ultraimg.com

Unknown if these below are impartial sites.

  1. http://gfycat.com

Video hosting sites

  1. Bitchute. http://bitchute.com. Uses P2P streaming to share videos.
  2. Bit.tube. https://bit.tube/dashboard. Store and share videos.
  3. Bittube. https://bittubeapp.com/?ref?2JQHEB7BZ. Earn money when browsing the internet, free VPN when you install the Bittube browser extension. They only reason they would do this is so they can track your browsing habits and sell that aggregated data to someone else.
  4. Brighteon. https://www.brighteon.com/
  5. Dlive.tube. https://dlive.tube. The one with PewDiePie.
  6. Drop.space. http://drop.space. Some adults space, you must be 18 to enter.
  7. Dtube. https://d.tube/ D.Tube is the first crypto-decentralized video platform, built on top of the STEEM Blockchain and the IPFS peer-to-peer network.
  8. Invidio. http://invidio.us
  9. Lbry. LBRY is a secure, open, and community-run digital video streaming service. It supports markdown when you describe a video, but not comments at all yet. Enjoy the latest content from your favorite creators—as a user, not a product. Looks like content creators can get tips from users in the form of crypto tokens called LBC. https://lbry.com/ App is for Windows, Linux, Mac, IOS, Android. You normally need an app to use this but the content is also on the web at https://beta.lbry.tv/. Supported media formats you can upload (OGG Opus, Ogg Theora Vorbis, MP4, MP3, WAVE PCM, WEBM): https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Supported_media_formats. When you publish each video, you must use a minimum of 0.00000001 LBC. Spee.ch is a way to store files on the LBRY network. https://spee.ch. I'm pretty sure in order to make video files available (seed them) you have to keep their app running 24/7.
  10. Loom.com. http://loom.com Is this mainly a Chinese or Hong Kong site?
  11. Open.tube. http://open.tube. Upload lots of videos, limit of uploads to 5GB per month.
  12. Real.video. From Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, of http://naturalnews.com. http://real.video.
  13. Sendvid. http://sendvid.com
  14. Streamable. https://streamable.com/

Saving web pages and whole sites, Windows

  1. Archive.is. http://archive.is. Has a bookmarklet that you click on and it saves the whole web page. Pages saved online.
  2. Httrack. http://www.httrack.com/page/2/. GUI and command line versions. Faster than wget when redownloading a website that was interrupted.
  3. Pagedash. http://pagedash.com. Save whole page, images, comments and all. Has an account so you can find all your saved pages later, a free option, and supports tags. When SAVING pages there is a monthly transfer limit, but I don't think there is a limit to the storage space you use.
  4. Rclone GUI. https://rclone.org/gui/
  5. Scrapbee. Addon for Firefox. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/scrapbee/
  6. ScrapbookQ, a Firefox plugin. Compatible with FF v57+ (Quantum). More complaints that this doesn't work. No code updates since April 2018, I think this project is dead. Requires a backend server and instructions with download link are provided.
  7. WebScrapBook. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/webscrapbook/. Will only save your page to a file, under the "Downloads" folder. You cannot define where the pages will be saved. This requires a backend server to save pages otherwise it won't work.
  8. Wget. The GNU version: https://www.gnu.org/software/wget/. Command line version only to get and store webpages offline. Really slow when you have to stop a download and continue it again as it has to request every page header over again to check the date it was changed. But wget has random pauses you can configure between files while HTTrack does not. HTTrack is faster for continued downloads, like of large websites.

Saving web pages and whole sites, Mac

  1. Sitesucker. https://ricks-apps.com/osx/sitesucker/index.html, https://alternativeto.net/software/sitesucker/

Viewing or saving old tweets from Twitter

Most of these are free tools except those marked with ($).

  1. Allmytweets. https://www.allmytweets.net/. Gets last 3200 tweets from any person.
  2. Tweetsave. http://tweetsave.com. Also has a Firefox plugin.
  3. Oystter. https://github.com/oysttyer/oysttyer. Save tweets as a text file. Command line program that uses Perl, so it runs where ever Perl will run.
  4. Download your own tweets. You must sign in with Twitter first. https://www.tweetdownload.net/
  5. Export tweets ($). Pay for reports. https://www.exporttweet.com/ Or try this link: https://www.exporttweet.com/download-tweets-from-user.
  6. Snapbird. Download anyone's tweets. https://snapbird.org/
  7. Twitter shadowban test. https://shadowban.eu/
  8. Twitter thread reader. https://threadreaderapp.com/
  9. TAGS is a tool to let you search Twitter and save those searches to a Google Sheet spreadsheet. https://tags.hawksey.info/
  10. Delete all your tweets. http://www.deleteallmytweets.com/

Saving Twitter videos locally

  1. TWDown. https://twdown.net/download.php

Uncensored speech sites

  1. AKASHA. Decentralized Social Media Platform powered by Ethereum and IPFS. https://beta.akasha.world/#/
  2. Canund. https://canund.com/
  3. Flote. https://flote.app. Aug 2019 now in beta. You currently cannot edit posts or comments.
  4. Gab. https://gab.ai. Has short messages similar to Twitter.
  5. Hubpages. https://hubpages.com Looks like a blog only website, free option. Has its own link shortener.
  6. Inrupt. Tim Berners-Lee new decentralized web project. https://www.inrupt.com/ The company is called Inrupt. The technology is called Solid. Solid docs here. More docs coming later. Click here for Solid server node software, linux only.
  7. Memo.cash. https://memo.cash. A forum in the works based on a blockchain. But you must pay in their token in order to post.
  8. Minds. https://minds.com
  9. Pocketnet. http://pocketnet.app. Decentralized social media, like a blog, very resistant to censorship, stored on the block chain. Use your browser to access the site, or user their app. The app will work even if the main site is down and you can still see the posts as they are decentralized. Sign up here: https://pocketnet.app/index?ref=PWKRY7MzBhk8pzrBg7dJExFhsVi8DvvPSG&msocialshare=true
  10. Saidit. https://saidit.net/. Similar to Reddit and Voat but leaning towards truthers and anarchism.

Operating systems

  1. Liberty OS. https://www.libertyos.net/?p=877. Runs on old PC, blocks ads at the system level, built-in TOR routing, earn LIB tokens, natively supports many cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero and many more.
  2. Qubes. A reasonably secure OS. https://www.qubes-os.org/ Free.
  3. Tails. A whole OS you can boot from a USB flash drive. It has these tools: TOR browser built in, uses LUKS to encrypt your drive, wipe files with Nautilus Wipe, based on Debian linux. Requirements: 2GB ram, 64-bit Intel PC, not ARM or PowerPC. Free. https://tails.boum.org/
  4. Whonix. Whonix is a desktop operating system designed for advanced security and privacy. Whonix mitigates the threat of common attack vectors while maintaining usability. Online anonymity is realized via fail-safe, automatic, and desktop-wide use of the Tor network. Features: can be installed to and boot from USB, can run in VirtualBox. https://www.whonix.org/ Compare Whonix to Tor browser, Tails, Qubes: https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Comparison_with_Others.

Safer email options.

  1. Protonmail. http://protonmail.com. Your email is always encrypted, end-to-end encryption, even Protonmail personnel cannot read your email. ProtonMail's servers are locked down under 1,000 meters of solid rock, in a Swiss bunker that can survive a nuclear attack. And its digital security is about as impressive. It began development by a team of CERN Large Hadron Collider scientists in the wake of the 2013 Snowden leak, and has since become the #1 most-used secure email service with over five million users.
  2. List of secure email services and how they protect you. https://zapier.com/blog/secure-email/
  3. List of secure email services. https://pixelprivacy.com/resources/most-secure-email-providers/

IPFS.IO

Interplanetary File Sharing system. This is a great idea but there are not many nodes with copies of the data out there so data retrieval is VERY slow.

  1. Supports operating systems: Linux, Windows. They have Binaries for: Darwin, Windows, Freebsd, Linux.
  2. Do we need a static IP on Windows 10?
  3. Min space required to run an IPFS server:
  4. IPFS forum: https://discuss.ipfs.io/c/help/Old-FAQ
  5. Transferring a file. https://github.com/ipfs/go-ipfs/blob/master/docs/file-transfer.md

After installing IPFS

  1. Your local web console is http://localhost:5001/webui
  2. IPFS Companion add-in for Firefox and Chrome browsers. https://github.com/ipfs-shipyard/ipfs-companion#ipfs-companion

  1. *** Fediverse. List of decentralized projects that can talk to each other, like various types of social networking, microblogging, web pages, etc. https://fediverse.party/ Apps include:
    1. Diaspora: online world where you are in control, choose your audience. 3 main philosophies: decentralization, freedom, privacy. You own your data. You can also follow tags, and people.
      1. PROS: You can follow #hashtags. I like their email system, and if you click on the post link, the original post is on the left with comments on the right. Otherwise in the feed (called "stream") the post is first followed by comments below it.
      2. CONS: You cannot edit a comment on a post or the post itself.
      3. Get help here: post for newbies https://diasp.org/posts/12757599, community guidelines https://diasporafoundation.org/community_guidelines, contacting developers https://wiki.diasporafoundation.org/How_we_communicate.
    2. Friendica: personal network. https://friendi.ca/. Decentralized architecture with no central authority or ownership. Access lists for every item. Private conversation groups — on these pages all communications are restricted to group members. One-to-one private messaging on supported protocols. Optionally "expire" old content after a certain period of time. Download your personal data. It all belongs to you. Built-in support for StatusNet, GNU social, Quitter, and diaspora*. Support for email contacts and communications (two-way) via IMAP4rev1/ESMTP. Import arbitrary websites and blogs into your social stream via RSS/Atom feeds.
      1. PROS:
      2. CONS:
    3. GNU Social: connecting free and independent communities across the web. https://gnu.io/social. Socialist and SJW network. That means, highly censored.
    4. Hubzilla: feature-rich social platform with decentralized nomadic identity. Hubs are the decentralized computers that run Hubzilla. A channel can represent many different things: a person, a blog, or a forum to name a few. Channels can make connections with other channels to share information with highly detailed permissions. Channels are addressed using a familiar channel@hub.domain format. Nomadic identity means true ownership of online identity. With Hubzilla, you don't have an account on a server, you own an identity that you can take with you across the grid. You can clone a channel across multiple hubs for resilience against network failures or censorship, or you can completely move a channel from one hub to another, taking your data and connections with you. Typical websites are isolated and have no idea who is accessing their content, and controlled access to data is limited to permissions settings between individual accounts on a site. If you want to share information in a controlled way off-site, you're out of luck. Hubzilla enforces fine-grained permissions for information shared across the grid, and websites on hubs are identity-aware. Single sign-on allows seamless authentication across independent websites in a way never before possible. http://hubzilla.org Click here to run your own hub https://zotlabs.org/help/en/admin/administrator_guide. It will run on most any Linux VPS system. Windows LAMP platforms such as XAMPP and WAMP are not officially supported at this time.
      1. Get help here: https://start.hubzilla.org/help/en/about/about
      2. You can store files here and add folders, but files must be uploaded, there is no text editor. There is also a wiki for each person, and webpage hosting. I could not find the web page hosting or wiki functions.
      3. You do make a user, but you don't make just content, you make a channel first, then put content into that channel, so make sure your channel has a unique, never-used name, then put content (a post) into the channel.
      4. Posts do not support markdown, they support BBCode, but the Wiki and Webpage supports markdown.
      5. Posts support hashtags.
      6. Supports @username mentions. For usernames with a space use @"John Smith".
      7. Enable web pages under "Additional features" section which is here: https://start.hubzilla.org/settings/features/. (I could add that channel as a "connection".)
      8. Report bugs here: https://start.hubzilla.org/help/en/bugs. Discuss bugs on this channel: support@gravizot.de.
    5. Mastodon: social networking. https://joinmastodon.org/. This is getting more SJW and more censored.
    6. Misskey: Sophisticated microblogging. https://joinmisskey.github.io/
    7. Peertube: decentralized video hosting. https://joinpeertube.org/en. Peertube server list: https://joinpeertube.org/en/#register. You join one of the servers and can see content from other servers according the the settings that server admin set up.
    8. PixelFed: image sharing. https://pixelfed.org/
    9. Pleroma: light microblogging platform, like Twitter. Use Raspberry Pi as a server.
    10. Socialhome: personal homepage with social functionality. Uses markdown for formatting, yay! Upload local images or use links to images. A person makes a post and people can reply to it. 2 million users as of June 2018. https://socialhome.network/
    11. How do I register? Do I have to register for each site separately? Yes.
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