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Addons / Extensions for Chrome and Firefox

In general, it's better to limit the number of addons/extensions as each one is another risk (e.g. if the developer goes rogue)... also recommend to use several browsers with different purposes/addons (e.g. Brave just for searching for stuff, with no cookies/history... Firefox where you just visit sites regularly and login to places).

To be used in both Firefox/Cliqz and Chrome/Brave/Vivaldi:

uBlock Origin

The only adblocker you should use (unless you have one built into the browser, like Brave does)

Privacy badger

Intelligently stops tracking between sites. Not an ad blocker, so can be used in conjunction with one.

Https everywhere

Ensures your connection to the site you are visiting is encrypted

Bitwarden (or other password manager)

An addon for my choice of password manager. It generally better not to rely on the one built into your browser, as you are locking yourself into them and can be a nightmare to export/import them all later... 

N.B: Some say you shouldn't store passwords anywhere near a browser (better to just copy/paste them from an offline encrypted database) as they are inherently insecure environments... but this is too far.

I don't care about cookies

Blocks those annoying popups asking about cookies. It just accepts them.

(this is a feature built into 'Cliqz' browser so no need if you use this browser)

Cookie AutoDelete

Delete cookies, unless its a site you care about staying logged into - in which case you whitelist them (works with Firefox containers too!)

Unpaywall

Useful for research. If you find an article behind a paywall, this might help find another source. 

History Cleaner / History AutoDelete

I won't ever need to remember which websites I visited more than a week ago, so may as well clear the history.

Blur/Burner Emails/c0x0.com

Useful for when you need to give an email address... these services generate a site specific email that forwards to one of your actual email addresses

Behind the Overlay Revival

A kind of popup blocker.

Neat URL

Strips URLs (web addresses) of all the crap typically used to track you

Joplin Web Clipper / Turtl

Addons to clip websites to these encrypted notebooks applications, if you have them installed. Joplin is better, as it actually takes the entire website to your notes, so you can read them offline or add your notes directly to them and dont have to worry about sites going offline. Turtl just bookmarks the site with a nice icon.

Privacy Pass

Prevents those annoying 'click all the traffic light' verification tests.

Terms of Service; Didn't Read

Doesn't actually do anything. But tells you how shady the TOS of the website you are on is.

Decentraleyes

Hard to explain what this does... but recommended by many.

Also interesting, but not essential:

TrackMeNot / AdNauseam

These 2 go together well. The first conducts random searches on your computer (obscuring your actual searches) and the second silently clicks on the ads (reducing the value of ads). Better to just use uBlock Origin, but you might have a use for this if you don't have a VPN and want to pollute your data.

Flowcrypt / Mailvelope

Two very easy ways to encrypt your webmail with PGP. But your friends also need to use PGP... better just to use ProtonMail / Tutanota...

Keybase

Allows you to send encrypted messages to people on Twitter/Facebook etc if they are also using Keybase.

User-Agent Switcher

You can make the internet think you are using a different browser or computer (to reduce the amount of info websites have on you)

Foxy proxy

Allows you to easily switch your internet traffic through a proxy (e.g. Tor or JAP network). Useful if you don't use a VPN or the Tor browser

GhosteryDuckduckgo

Similiar to uBlock Origin and Privacy Badger respectively.

Snowflake

It allows your browser to contribute to the Tor project

Choosy

Useful if you use many differet browsers for different purposes. I think is Mac only.

Pocket

Allows you to save articles you read, for reading later. Built into Firefox and endorsed by Mozilla, so probably 'OK' as far as privacy concerns, but would still use a fake generated email to register with them.

Firefox/Cliqz Only:

Firefox Multi-Account Containers / Facebook Container

Makes containers for websites, to prevent you being tracked by them across tabs (e.g. you signed into Facebook ONLY it its container, so the 'LIKE' buttons you see everywhere won't link back to your facebook account. This is under-rated.

Bloody Vikings

A very easy way to make temporary email addresses.

Invidious Redirect

When you load a YouTube video, it automatically takes you to a privacy-centric mirror of YouTube, called Invidious.

Misc.

Mendeley / Send to kindle

Good for research/reading, but bad for privacy so maybe have in own browsers dedicated for research.

Note taking apps

Standard Notes

Best for just text. No real linking of documents. Encrypted and audited - this app is the only note taking app I would trust completely - even with passwords. Free (for text only version)

Best for:

  • Lists or tasks.
  • Plain text.
  • Unordered and unlinked notes, relying on search to find them again (cant link notes, wikipedia style)
  • Just dumping information for finding later
  • Its the quickest to add/access data so use this the most often.

Pro features give it more features, better even than Joplin:

  • inline images (drag and drop when on Desktop)
  • publishing notes online (you are reading one now)
  • more features added regularly

This one suits the type that just wants to capture all info without spending time to sort it out/organise it - but you also can do that if you like.

This is simply the best note taking application, especially if you pay for Extended.

(N.B The only problem encounted is sometimes notes appearing blank when offline on your phone and it was written in one of the fancy editors - you can still access the note if you load it in the standard editor)

Joplin

Best for web-clipper, takes copy of actual site. Free. Most advanced features (even compared to the free version of Standard Notes), closest to evernote. can use external text editor. Stores to Google Drive or other online services (encryption optional), so could store a lot of info for no/little cost

Best for:

  • Web page clipping
  • Having nested/ordered notes with thematic areas to find them
  • Linking notes together, Wikipedia style
  • Inline images or files
  • You use it primarily on one device (desktop is better) as the syncing is not perfect

Had some problems syncing (adding stuff on phone that got wiped) and not sure the encryption is as trustworthy as Standard Notes. Can be kinda buggy. Might be useful for specific purposes.

Crypt.ee

Encrypted. Paid service (store data with them). Has 2 basically separate services - photos and notes. Good for photos. Good for linking documents together with references, so good for research project. Completely system agnostic. Everything stored in thier cloud, so need some trust (even though open source), and I guess the service (and your data) could disappear overnight.

No sharing. No web clipper.

Best for:

  • Photo storing (not linked to notes at all, like a separate service)
  • Linking documents together/referencing other documents like a wiki
  • best for hiding data and leaving no trace on the computer (e.g. shared computer), you can have ghost folders you summon by name only, and you its essentially a fancy website so you could just delete it with no trace
  • Easy to use for non techy people
  • Might be best as a journal, can easily add photos directly inline from phone
  • Website is Tor friendly

Protected text

Another Web-app/online only. You choose a page (e.g.https://www.protectedtext.com/whatever) and set a password. You can now add notes and access that site with that password. Text only. Has tabs so you kind get sub-pages within your page. Has an android app.

Good for:

  • Those that want online-only/website based notes and dont want to or cant install any apps.
  • Android only notes that you occassionaly want to access on a website.
  • If you want to collaborate with other people, you can give them the address and password
  • No sign up required and you could potentially be anonymous (access over Tor browser and don't have any identifying content in notes or page name)
  • Website is Tor friendly 

The project is partially open source, but not audited and the server code is not open source - I wouldn't trust this site with very sensitive information.

I don't see any reason to use this, unless you want to collaborate - stick with Standard Notes.

    Turtl

    Encrypted. Paid service (you store data with them). Good for website book marking. Good for sharing notes. Seems like Pinterest, so good for 'boards' of general interest areas (e.g. fitness/travel) to collect and inspire later. Can share. No IOS app. Can take the following types of note:

    • Password
    • File
    • Image
    • Bookmark
    • Text note

    Has a web clipper, but is only really a bookmarker that grabs an image with the link.

    Best for:

    • Collecting ideas for a project (e.g. a trip, or workout) - similiar to Pinterest

    Evernote

    The only app with text recognition OCR for photos. But privacy is completely compromised. 

    Best for non-sensitive PDFs (e.g. textbooks) to exploit the OCR search (pro version only)