Where I Go Online

This post is a collection of clearnet websites and networks that I frequent, sort of a “best of the surface web” bookmarks. Maybe you’ll find new and useful information to add to your own bookmarks.

Note: Many more interesting sites and networks are on the darknet, and are not listed here.


  • Element – Web client to the matrix network; I use the Android and Linux desktop clients daily
  • IRC – Aside from their lack of privacy, I occasionally connect to freenode and quakenet for community support on technical matters
  • Mailbox.org – An encrypted email server and productivity suite
  • Matrix.org – A secure, decentralized communication network


Mobile Phones

  • APKMirror – I’ve downloaded a few proprietary software APKs from this site; seems reputable
  • F-Droid – Open source AOSP-compatible app repository; my go-to app store
  • LineageOS – Popular AOSP custom-ROM for de-googling; it’s installed on all my mobile phones
  • Tello – A Sprint MVNO; I highly recommend Tello for inexpensive no-contract mobile phone plans
  • xda-developers.com – Largest forum for custom ROM projects

Personal Computing

  • bspwm – My current window manager
  • Debian – After using many Linux distros, I prefer Debian because it gets out of my way (mostly)
  • Distrowatch – Popular site to compare Linux distributions
  • FreeBSD – It will always hold a place as one of my favorite operating systems
  • Gentoo – My first in-depth Linux experience; I cut my teeth on this distro; I still love how Portage is organized

Privacy & Anonymity

  • Awesome Self-hosted – Often the best way to stay private is to self-host; this is the awesome list from r/selfhosted subreddit
  • De-google-ify Internet – Extensive list of privacy alternatives to Google
  • PrivacyTools – The best privacy resource on the internet with advice on using software and other tools
  • ReverseEagle – Their mission is to help devs remove proprietary software from open-source projects
  • Restore Privacy – Articles to help you become anonymous and private; the article, Alternatives to Google, helped me de-google my life
  • Switching.software – Their list of privacy alternatives helped me get free from proprietary software
  • Techlore – The most extensive educational resource for understanding why online privacy matters
  • What the Zuck! – Rob Braxman, internet privacy guy; I follow his LBRY channel also


Search Engines

  • DuckDuckGo – Privacy-protected meta-search engine
  • MetaGer – Privacy protected search hosted in Germany
  • Qwant – Search engine that respects privacy
  • Searx – Privacy -respecting metasearch engine
  • Swisscows – An alternative data secure search engine


  • Abe Books – My go-to source for inexpensive used books
  • B&H Photo Video – Best retailer for professional gear
  • Bonanza – Trying to get into this marketplace as an alternative to ebay
  • ebay – I really dislike this company, but still buy and sell used tech goods on occasion
  • Newegg – Used to be my favorite electronics retailer; they opened up to 3rd party sellers recently
  • Swappa – I have bought and sold several phones and tablets on Swappa and really like the company model and UI
  • Walmart – It’s terrible, I know, but not as evil as amazon


  • Aether – A very unique and creative P2P social network; text-based posts live only 6 months
  • BitChute – Excellent alternative to YouTube
  • Flote – Social network promoting free speech and the ability to tip and earn BitCoin
  • Hacker News – Not really my kind of place, but I find random samples of healthy discussion
  • LBRY – High quality videos, replacement for YouTube
  • Lemmy – Overbearing rules; I’m not very impressed with the content either
  • Mastodon – Decentralized social network; good in theory… we’ll see how it goes
  • Minds – An open-source and decentralized social network for Internet freedom
  • Odysee – Improved web interface to LBRY
  • Rumble – Not a fan of the platform, but several content creators I follow are posting there
  • Saidit.net – Free speech alternative to Reddit


  • Desmos Calculators – Online calculators; I typically use the scientific variant
  • OpenStreetMap – Community driven, open source maps used by thousands of websites and apps
  • wttr.in – Local weather

What about your go-to bookmarks? Leave a comment with your recommendations.

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