Why free your life?
There is a lot of software in the world today, sadly some of the most
popular software does not respect user freedoms,
and worse yet often abuse the privacy of the user.
This includes web services, which are some of the worst culprits of blatent user abuse.
Luckily we are blessed today with a number of Free Software, ethical
alternatives, that are guaranteed
to be free of anti-user "features".
Youtube is unfortunately one of the largest platforms for sharing information
and entertainment. Youtube, and it's parent company Google routinely steal
the data of users on their platforms and track users across the internet. Most of the
time, this is without the knowledge or consent of the users.
You can learn more about how Youtube abuses users here:
There are two solutions to using Youtube without being used yourself.
Newpipe is a Free Software application for the Android operating system that allows you to
access content on Youtube without having to view advertisements,
and without having your data stolen.
Invidious is a web application that allows you, much like Newpipe, to access content from Youtube
without being spied on, or having to view advertisements. It's fully self hostable,
and distributed as Free Software under the agplv3 license.
You can use these two links to access Invidious instances:
Unfortunately despite most web browsers being partially open source, the most popular web
browsers are spyware. The biggest culprit of this, is Google Chrome. With Google largely
being an advertising company, Google Chrome collects massive amounts of data.
For more about spyware in Google Chrome:
Firefox is a web browser developed by Mozilla. It is entirely Free Software,
and is far better for privacy than Google Chrome.
Firefox has a number of useful addons which also improve privacy such as
Further, it would also be useful to set your default search engine to
Messaging applications, specifically Discord and Whatsapp, are horrible
for data privacy. Whatsapp is owned by Meta (formerly Facebook) and
to allow more data collection. Discord is similar but includes a process logger, which
logs every open application on your computer. Furthermore, it does not encrypt messages
sent through Discord, meaning even "private" messages are open to be read by anyone with the
For more information on why Discord is spyware, see here:
For more information on why Whatsapp is spyware, see here:
Signal is a Free Software alternative to Whatsapp, and in my experience
functions far better. It is available on Android and IOS. By default it encrypts
your messages and collects as little data as possible.
Matrix is an open communication protocol which can be self hosted. It functions
relatively similarly to Discord, but follows a decentralised model. It also supports message
encryption. The main client for Matrix is Element. Matrix and Element are Free Software
and include no spyware.