Privacy and Protection in a Digital Era

8 Internet Alternatives to Build Your Network and Safeguard Your Data

As the professional use of social networking, search engine, and messaging platforms exploded to new levels in recent years, many start-ups took to developing their own online and mobile platforms that offer the same benefits as their larger counterparts.  Continue reading to see which up-and-coming platforms increasingly engage more users, may offer an effective supplement or replacement to the platforms you’re currently using to accomplish your professional objectives, and help you stay up to speed with the latest updates and insights from other professionals in your industry.

  1. Alternative Video Platform – Rumble
    Initiated in 2008, Rumble is a growing video platform that has over 50 million monthly visitors and over 150,000 creators. This free, monetizable video management system can help organizations reach their intended audience to generate revenue, while also giving these companies liberty with the overall messaging of their video content.  Users have the ability to rate, share, and comment on videos similar to its larger counterparts.
    Website: rumble.com
  1. Alternative Search Engine – Duck Duck Go

Emphasizing its commitment to data privacy, Duck Duck Go is an internet search engine that enables users to browse the web anonymously.  This search engine has generated over 78 billion anonymous internet searches since the platform’s inception that have, ultimately, bypassed the data trackers that exist on 75% of the websites searched using its larger search engine counterparts.
Website: duckduckgo.com

  1. Alternative Search Engine – Brave Web Browser

Brave Web Browser is another search engine alternative that blocks ads and protects user data.  This platform boasts 3x the speed of its larger search engine counterparts, while also offering the same browse functionality such as bookmarks, extensions, and G-suites.  Additionally, users are able to see how many trackers and ads they’ve blocked, the bandwidth they’ve saved, and the real time they’ve saved just by switching to Brave Web Browser.
Website: brave.com

  1. Alternative Social Networking Platform – Diaspora

Branding itself as ‘the online social network where you are in control,’ Diaspora is a platform that enables users to utilize its system in however way they choose.  Users of this social network have a variety of different ways to stay within their network, whether that includes sharing content to a select few individuals or their full circle.  Also, the data users enter into the Diaspora network is only used to help its online community connect with one another.
Website: diaspora.social

  1. Alternative Social Networking Platform – Minds

Minds is a social network that boasts its open-source codes and algorithms for transparency, along with its free speech content policy minimizing bias and censorship.  This platform also gives content creators the ability to get paid for creating content, driving traffic, and referring friends.  Whether users want to post videos, blogs, images, or status updates, Minds is another practical way to reach and stay in front of viable prospects.
Website: minds.com

  1. Alternative Social Networking Platform – MeWe

MeWe is another social media platform that prides itself on its trust, control, safety, and positive connections.  This start-up heavily promotes its ad- and spyware-free platform and made the 2020 Most Innovative Social Media Companies award given by Fast Company.  On top of its multi-media posting features, MeWe provides a chat and texting functionality that’s built into its platform as well.
Website: mewe.com

  1. Alternative Microblogging Platform – Parler
    Parler is the premier free speech social network that protects its users’ security, privacy, and freedom of expression. It, in fact, refers to itself as ‘the world’s town square.’  To protect its platform against bots, Parler created its own verification process that helps users become Verified Parler Citizens and be recognized on the platform as such.  Users are, additionally, able to moderate their own world by filtering out certain users and content as well.
    Website: parler.com
  1. Alternative Messaging Platform – Signal

Signal is a cross-platform centralized, encrypted messaging service that givers users the ability to send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images, and videos.  This non-profit created its alternative messaging platform to give users the ability to communicate privately, as opposed to some of its larger counterparts that have oversight of these conversations.
Website: signal.org

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