A Tour Of Alt-Tech And Social Media For The Alt-Right
The Alt-Tech world is exploding as people look for new avenues to express themselves. This guide is intended to help people new to the Alt-Right find places where people like themselves can speak without fear of petty reprisals. Let me say that everything I review here I’ve used long enough to feel comfortable commenting on. But I’m no tech guru but I am an early adopter and I am quick to try any promising new technology. And the internet doesn’t need another article describing the inner working of PGP encryption.
One of the most defining aspects of the internet is the ability to communicate with others via email. It’s one of the fundamentals, so you’ll want to do it right and stay safe. There are two major email providers that I would recommend you check out. And no, it’s not Gmail or Yahoo. If you’re using either of those there is a good chance your emails and contact list are stored in a database in Virginia.
Tutanota is one of the more well-known encrypted email providers. They’ve got a fine track record when it comes to privacy and have many loyal users. They have both free and premium services. They also accept donations. They seem like a pretty small team so bugs don’t always get fixed immediately, but they do get fixed in a reasonable amount of time.
The problem with Tutanota is that it is based in Germany. Despite having top notch technology this means they don’t have the best legal protection. It’s good, better than in France or the UK. But it’s quite easy for EU courts to get your email records should they decide you’re a nail and they’re the hammer. Additionally, the US intelligence community works with the German government on a regular basis and you’d better believe that involves information sharing.
This is where ProtonMail comes in. I started using ProtonMail last year and love it. Like Tutanota it has free and paid versions. The major difference between free and paid is the level of encryption and ability to encrypt to non-ProtonMail recipients. Additionally, there are two major differences between ProtonMail and Tutanota. First, ProtonMail is based in Switzerland and thus is protected by some of the strictest privacy laws in the world. Though a court can still get your information with a warrant it is more difficult than in Germany. Second, ProtonMail provides DDoS protection. Unfortunately, Tutanota suffered a DDoS attack recently. Hopefully, they’ll soon fix this flaw in their otherwise quality service.
ProtonMail’s DDoS protection is somewhat controversial because the company they’ve partnered with, RadWare, is based in Israel. Some have speculated that RadWare has IDF links. There are a few conspiracy theories floating around, but I don’t put much weight behind them. The company has addressed this issue in the past. Some will still feel uncomfortable with it. Fair enough; Tutanota for you. Additionally, last year Wikileaks provided documents indicating ProtonMail had been cracked by the CIA. Again ProtonMail claimed the information was false.
Neither email provider is perfect, but they are both very good. If you’re engaged in illegal activity nothing is going to protect you from a warrant, so be careful. But anyone using an unencrypted email in 2017 is playing with fire.
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
VPNs provide some, but not total, anonymity when browsing the internet or using web apps. It’s a good idea to have one if for no other reason than it makes it difficult for websites to track you, makes it harder for your browsing history to be collected and sold, and helps prevent phishing. And government agencies can still track you, this is especially true in the Caliphate formerly known as Western Europe. A VPN won’t prevent you from being monitored if you’re embarking on a life of thought crime.
Currently, I use NordVPN and in the past have used IPVanish VPN. Both of which are great. NordVPN is often rated as one of the best VPNs in the world. IPVanish VPN is also a solid choice. However, IPVanish VPN is annoyingly slow compared to NordVPN.
If you have a paid ProtonMail account you can get access to the beta of ProtonVPN. I’ve been trying it out since they launched about six weeks ago and I’m very happy with what Yen and his team have created. The software is intuitive and easy to use. The main drawback I’m experiencing is that the VPN will periodically drop my connection. I’m not sure if my data is being shared with the site I’m on when this happens. They don’t seem to have a kill switch though. That should be easy enough to fix, but the development team has work to do before it’s ready to go live.
There also seems to be, but I’ve not completely confirmed, a request through ProtonVPN for sites to not track the user. Great I like it even more now. You’ll want a VPN that doesn’t log your history. This is in case a governmental agency or court decides they need to see what you’ve been looking at. NordVPN has a no logs policy as well.
Most VPNs are not free, but none are terribly expensive. However, if money is an object, there are a number of free choices, though I’ve never used one. If you use the Opera browser there is a built in VPN. Free VPNs are not usually great, but it’s better than nothing.
When choosing a VPN do your research. Many new providers have popped up in the past few years. When you’re entrusting a company to handle all your browsing information you want someone with a good reputation. Don’t be afraid to ask around, tech-oriented message boards are usually friendly, even to not-tech people.
If you want to be as invisible as possible online you don’t need a VPN, you need Tor. Tor is a browser that will allow the user to access .onion sites, which are sometimes known as the deep web, or dark web. It was built to avoid detection of governmental agencies. But this too isn’t perfect. The Dark web site The Silk Road, a site connecting people trafficking in drugs and illegal porn, was busted two years ago.
One of the most important choices you can make is the selection of browser. There are way too many to name and I’ve tried more than I can remember, but the one I’ll recommend is Brave. Brave is possibly my favorite browser. It’s great, but where other see that it lacks features in comparison to FireFox or Chrome I see potential.
Brave is just under a year old and I’ve been using it since early beta. In that time it’s gone from a decent browser based on a dedication to privacy to a fast, stable, and very secure browser. Brave has built in redirecting to HTTPS (a secure connection to a website) and automatic ad blocking. This is part of what has defined Brave from the start. The developers wanted a browser that didn’t share tracking information with the sites the user visited. They succeeded.
However, the ad blocking features which are common on most browsers today, though usually through a plug-in, is playing havoc with the ability of sites to generate revenue. Companies are becoming less willing to pay for advertising as they know the ads will likely never be seen, and there isn’t much a site can do but ask the user to whitelist them. But Brave has a solution for those needing revenue.
The most interesting part of Brave is called Brave Payments. It allows sites to sign up with Brave as a publisher and thus to be allocated a percentage of what each browser user wishes to pay per month to the sites visited. In other words, sites will no longer need to rely on ad revenue to survive. And you the Brave user can decide how much you would like to allocate to paying content providers. Brave will then divvy up your monthly donation based upon how much you viewed their partner websites. Very cool.
The major drawback the browser has is a lack of extensions. And how is a goy to know who the ((())) are without an add-on? That’s their big problem. Brave needs more functionality. I’m sure it will come soon. After all Chrome and FireFox have been around for years and have far more development resources at hand.
Wikipedia is a gas station toilet. We all know that. “Sources” can range from links to academic journals to Daily Mail articles to Perez Hilton’s “effort posting.” The premise of the site is that people are basically rational and will eventually come to a common understanding of what truth is. This will lead to objective and honest articles where the best information available guides Wikipedians in their effort to spread information to the masses.
The problem is one of human nature. People aren’t basically rational. Some are reasonable, some are searching for the truth, and some are a lost cause. Want proof? Google “white genocide.” Wikipedia’s article is called “white genocide conspiracy theory.” So the notion that whites are becoming a minority in the lands of our forefathers is a conspiracy theory, but professors and activists are regularly calling for the death of whites or our demographic replacement. Immigration into Europe is coming in at tens of thousands per week in some countries. Sure a conspiracy- sounds like anti-white bias on the part of Wikipedians.
The encyclopedia anyone can edit used to be a decent resource, but that hasn’t been the case in at least a decade. Now it’s just a left wing propaganda site masquerading as a source of unbiased information.. When Hillary Clinton gave her Alt-Right speech last August one of the first sites that popped up in a Google search of “Alt-Right” was Wikipedia. And the writer of the article had a major problem with us. Rather than attempting to provide any objective definition of the Alt-Right he simply called us names. The page was locked so no one but high-ranking Wikipedia editors could alter it.
What are we to do? Enter Infogalactic. Vox Day created the Wikipedia alternative last year and it’s coming along nicely. The editors are called Galaxians and their mission is to scrub articles of ideological bias. It’s not truth that you’ll find on Infogalactic, its fact. That’s what Wikipedia should have been but isn’t. That’s why this project has so much potential and that’s why I decided to become a Galaxian myself. I’ve not edited much, just a few articles on history, but it’s got a lot of potential and I can’t wait to contribute more. Unfortunately the site doesn’t usually come up in search engines, which is something that needs fixing so internet searchers are not guided to Wikipedia automatically.
Yes, I say “Google” as a verb, but Google, like Gmail, is something you shouldn’t be using. They track and log your searches. Many experts believe the company founded on a “don’t be evil” motto is sharing this information with the US intelligence community. Don’t use it. Instead, there are at least two options, either is good. The more well-known option is called DuckDuckGo. The other alternative is StartPage. I’ve used both, and either is a good alternative. StartPage does not log your searches and they provide proxy ability to links that come up in a search.
That’s how Reddit bills itself. But last year the site banned r/altright while keeping the NEETS of r/fullcommunism secure in their blankies knowing they won’t be subject to a purge. I wonder if Reddit has a bias too? I’m starting to sense a pattern from Silicon Valley and it looks a lot like that of Hollywood and the legacy media. But there is a new hope. Voat is a Reddit-like community based around the idea of free speech. They’ve developed a reputation as being like an early 90s internet Wild West outpost. Frankly, I love it. There are two great Voat communities I enjoy. v/identitarian and v/fatpeoplehate. The latter obviously has nothing to do with politics, but is good for a laugh.
V/identitarian recently hosted AMAs with Kevin MacDonald, Jared Taylor, and Brett Stevens. They also did an AMA with a young man from South Africa on how the situation for whites is looking in his homeland. They also have an official Discord server. Which brings us to the next piece of technology you’ll want to check out.
If you think 4chan is the bleeding edge of Alt-Right shitlording you’re living in 2016. While /pol/ is a great outpost for the Alt-Right, and anyone frustrated with political correctness, much of the planning and idea sharing is now taking place on Discord servers. Discord was originally developed as a tool for gamers to coordinate with each other in MMOs such as World of Warcraft. It was a superior version of Ventrillo and TeamSpeak. It’s based around a Skype-like design, only without the video conferencing feature. Think of it as an alternative to Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, another company you’ll want to avoid.
I was first introduced to right wing Discords last summer by friends I game with. Most gamers are pretty liberal or libertarian. Even GamerGate isn’t Alt-Right or conservative as some mainstream journalists seem to think. It was nice to bond with like-minded gamers over Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, and Hearts of Iron IV. Great, fashy games for hours of fun, just don’t say “remove kebab” when referring to the Ottomans in EUIV or the cucks at Paradox will ban you.
The paint sniffers at BuzzFeed have written about how the Alt-Right dares to use this free to anyone technology to – gasp – talk to each other and share memes, and sometimes even plan to distribute flyers on college campuses! Very problematic. There is an official /pol/ server as well as one from Daily Stormer. Even the “we’re not with those racists” crowd at r/The_Donald have one (because if /pol/ jumped off a bridge so would r/The_Donald but they would tag their deaths as “SPICEY!”). Though if it’s as boring and basic as their subreddit it would probably be more fun to take Moldylocks to a Gays for Palestine student poetry slam.
Finding servers isn’t hard. Many subreddits list their Discord server, and there are even websites listing public servers, but for some, you have to know someone to get in. For all the crying about raids on unsuspecting LGBTQIA+, Muslim, and progressive servers, it doesn’t happen as much as the professional victims would like you to believe. The reason is simple: you need a link to get into a specific server. The publicly listed servers are easiest to breach. But on a good server, even if you have the link, that’s no guarantee you’ll be able to do much besides ask for access to channels that have been restricted by the moderators. And moderators of some servers today have a vetting process.
Some less secure servers do get raided. Some people do spam degenerate things, even illegal porn. But overall it’s a secure platform. It’s also difficult for the company to regulate. This is part of what makes it such a great tool for the Alt-Right. There was a recent terms of service change that we thought might affect the more right wing Discords, but turns out not a single server I’m on has been banned.
Download the app (the webpage seems to crash a lot – probably coded by illegal Mexican Muslims on H-1B visas), find a Discord server, make friends, and start having fun.
This is going to be a problem. YouTube’s success isn’t based on anything the company itself does, aside from maybe enforcing copyright claims. It’s based on a consumer participation model. The content simply can’t be mimicked by other services until YouTube’s major content creators leave the platform and migrate to other services. And even after the Pewdiepie controversy a few months ago YouTube didn’t really suffer.
YouTube regularly censors Alt-Right and even Alt-Lite creators. They will demonetize videos that they deem offensive or in violation of their rather subjective and selectively enforced terms of service. So what else exists? Some have started using vid.me, which is probably the best-known alternative. However, as it is rather small and not owned by a multi-billion dollar corporation they can’t really afford to pay content creators, and until their population grows there isn’t much incentive for advertisers to sponsor videos.
Alternatives to Facebook
And now for the big one. Is there a good substitute for Facebook? Well the answer is no. At least not for now. There are substitutes. Minds, WrongThing and VK are all Facebook-like platforms, but each has its pluses and minuses. Minds and WrongThink are both good platforms. I have accounts on both and post from time to time. However, neither is well populated, I don’t really interact with anyone on either because my friends don’t use them. There isn’t much reason to be on a social media site that doesn’t have your friends. Facebook does a lot of things red pilled people don’t approve of such as censoring “fake news.” But until most of our normie friends realize Facebook isn’t on their side, there won’t be much incentive to migrate away. Especially since most of Facebook’s users have been with the platform for years. The momentum may be too great to impel users to switch to Minds or WrongThink.
VK does give me a little hope though. It’s a Russian social media site you might have heard people talking about. There is English language support, but there isn’t much of a non-European presence yet. Trying to find anything in English is frustrating.
So now you know where you should be. There are more topics that can be explored in the Alt-Tech world of course. Operating systems are important but that would be an entire article itself. If there is enough of a positive reaction to this article I may do one on operating systems. Short answer, go Linux. If you’re new to Linux try the Ubuntu or Mint distributions, both are great.
There are other technologies you should be aware of as well. If you need a guide to Alt-Tech for a piece of software we haven’t covered here, for example, an alternative to Dropbox or Google Drive, check this site.
Let me reiterate what has been a theme throughout this article. You are responsible for your own security and well-being on the internet. Tools such as encrypted email and a VPN will help you but nothing is going to stop a search warrant. If you are worried about doxxing make sure you use a pseudonym and change it every year.
Have fun, connect, share the message but be safe.