Love to hear some comments on two pieces of free software I am currently using.
First is Brave, a browser I first heard about when Leo interviewed Yan Zhu, the Chief Security Officer at Brave, on Triangulation. The home page on the browser provides a running count of ads blocked, and time saved. Being an empirical type of guy, I’ve run tests using Little Snitch (another software product I heard of from Leo years ago) on MacOS to compare URL calls during a “simple” webpage request. I used Bose.com. Chrome sent out over 90 url requests to get the page up. Brave sent out 23, though I have to admit there was some content missing that might have come in handy, like links to purchase items. Turning off the browsers’ shields allowed access to these missing items, but when I wanted them, not when they wanted them. Several options to avoid ads, including accepting ads from a few (usually a couple in an extended session) from a very select list, mostly security services web pages (such as VPNs) which come across as notifications, not within any requested webpages.
Second is Boxcryptor, an app used to encrypt each and every item with personal information that I store in cloud storage from phone, ipad, and laptop. The free version allows 3 devices to be logged in, and you can select any one of the usual cloud storage providers, but only one at a time. I copy entire folders from one service, such as iCloud, and paste into others, such as Dropbox, on a regular basis as a way to keep them backed up. The only ad I can remember seeing in 3-4 years of use is one to upgrade to a paid pro version.