If we meet or talk I may recommend a website, tool, or book to you. This is an attempt to summarize everything on one page. If you find an outdated link, please let me know.
Important Note: If you own, operate, or publish anything I link to, please contact me BEFORE you want to add me as a someone who endorses you, testimonial, etc. This list is provided as a courtesy to family, friends, and colleagues typically not for you to quote me in marketing material.
The list is organized by category heading and is not in order of importance.
Here’s a list of services, tools and other things I recommend:
- Terms of Service: Didn’t Read
Don’t read Terms of Service / Terms & Conditions? This scores a site and terms/privacy policies.
- Privacy Badger
From the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) automatically blocks trackers.
Lets you identify and block cookies on a website. You don’t need to pay for the premium version.
- Click & Clean aka HotCleaner
Removes cookies and other trackers from your browser when you close it.
- Google Analytics Opt-out
A plug-in that stops Google analytics being able to track you on websites.
- Brave Browser
This browser website tracking and ads by default. You earn tokens for viewing ads that can then be donated to publishers (or cashed-out).
- EFF Surveillance Self Defense
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has a useful primer on surveillance self-defense and what you can do to protect yourself.
- Temporary / Disposable Email
If you need a temporary, disposable email address try 10MinuteMail, Mailinator, or Nada.
Of if you have your own domain, you can set up your own disposable mail system at Mailsac
Some websites are “smart” and get that you’re using a disposable email address, so you may need to try multiple providers.
If you’re more technically inclined, and really want to lock down your privacy, you might want to build yourself a Pi-Hole. You will need to get a Raspberry Pi first. You can either use this cheaper Raspberry Pi W or I really recommend the Raspberry Pi 4. You will then need to download and install the free Pi-Hole software.
If you want to know which privacy laws apply to you (as both a person and as a business), I recommend the DLA Piper’s Data Protection Laws of the World.
- Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) Opt-Out
You need to do this on your PC and mobile device. Opt-out of some targeted advertising.
- AppChoices Opt-Out
This blocks certain types of tracking on your mobile device, requires you to install an app.
- How to Remove Your Information from the Web
If you want to remove your details from various people-finder scraping sites. Give yourself an hour or so to follow all the steps.
- Simple OptOut
List of various services with direct links to their opt-out pages.
An open-source password manager. Free and premium versions available.
A popular password manager. Free and premium versions available.
- Password Check
Let’s you know if the website/your account was in a data breach.
Coupons / Cashback
- Rakuten (aka eBates)
Previously known as eBates, get cashback on sites when you make a purchase. Note, cookies and ads MUST be on for it to work.
Free vector (flat) icons you can use in presentations, etc. attribution required. This is 100x better than a Google image search for an icon.
A free tool for managing fonts (including Google fonts). A lifesaver if you have ever had a presentation look awful because fonts didn’t install.
If you need to install Google Fonts on an iPhone or iPad, this app is what you need.
Lifehacks / Utilities
- Free TI-84 Style Graphing Calculator
If you need a graphing calculator and don’t want to buy a TI-84.
Give it some ingredients and it will give you a recipe (there’s also an app).
- JustWatch or Reelgood
Not sure where you can watch something, search multiple video streaming services at once.
Identifies if a news website is quality journalism has had both accuracy and accountability.
Free share trading platform. You also get 1 free stock when you sign up worth at least $5, so worth signing up just for that.
Useful Browser Plugins
- ReaderView (Chrome)
If you like the Reader View available on your mobile browser, this gives you that functionality on Chrome. Great if you need to print a web page or want to copy/paste it to an email.
Reloads a website but can automatically stop it once a change occurs (great for when you’re waiting for ticket sales to open or a scheduled price drop).
A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.
Whimsical / Fun
- Google Arts & Culture
This puts art masterpieces in your browser when you open a new tab.
- Your Name as the NASA Logo, Your Face on a Dollar Bill, etc.
Festisite has fun novelty images and artwork, great for birthday jokes and pranks.
This is a list of books I recommend, this list updates from time to time and titles can be deleted.
- The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Examination of the unprecedented form of power called “surveillance capitalism,” and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.
- The Fifth Risk
What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?
- Last Week in Digital Media
Shameless self-promotion (again) for my weekly newsletter.
- Estimating the success of re-identifications in incomplete datasets using generative models
In English, research in Nature magazine showing hashing data is not very secure and that re-identification with high confidence of a match is relatively easy. Or if you don’t want to read the study jump straight to the demo.