This is a list of all of my favorite products that I either use day to day or like. If you click on these links, you will help support the channel. Nothing on this list has been sponsored or paid to be here! These are just products I can vouch for and I use daily. 

My favorite VPN / daily driver: TorGuard VPN(Review)

TorGuard VPN has been my daily use VPN for around 5 years. It’s always been super solid in almost every single category, and it’s become a company I do trust with my privacy. It doesn’t pay for any reviews, and hardly does any marketing, but I don’t mind directing loads of customers to them because they deserve it. TorGuard is fast, trustworthy, and feature-rich with no logs! It’s also the cheapest VPN on the market for only $5 a month or $30 a year with code “TomSpark” or uses code “Netflix” to get 50% off the streaming bundle. 

My Favorite Browser: Brave Browser(Review)
 

Before Brave, I always liked Chrome. It had the best speeds, best interface, and worked great with add-ons. But when Brave came out, I found I enjoyed being able to easily control anti-tracking features without needing additional plugins that I used to secure Chrome, and the company itself is great making awesome improvements every year and providing ways for creators like me to monetize my content by recommending it to my viewers. It’s also got some cool features to boot, like being able to use a TOR browser tab, integrate torrent downloads, and more!

My Favorite Web Host Provider: Dreamhost(Review)
 

If you want to create a blog or website like this, you will need a web host. A lot of web host providers are owned by a huge company called EIG (Bluehost, Hostgator, etc), and most of these companies don’t care about your privacy and anonymity and they upsell charge you on basic things like WHOIS protection.

Dreamhost is an entirely different company, that does care about user privacy and provides things for free (non-renewable up charges, free SSL certificate, etc) that other web hosts charge for! 

My Favorite Password Manager: Lastpass(Review)
 

My two favorite password managers are LastPass and Bitwarden. Lots of people scoff at me recommending LastPass because it’s not opensource or that it had vulnerabilities in the past–but open source isn’t everything, and Bitwarden has had vulnerabilities too! Lastpass has a speedy development team implementing new features, fixing bugs quickly, and it’s only gotten better to use over the years.

At this point, the free model is equivalent to Bitwarden and you don’t even need to pay to use most of the features it offers! I love the interface and intuitive use of it, it works great on mobile, it requires less day-to-day input/configuration with needless versifications, and it’s my favorite cloud-based password manager to use. 

My Favorite Antivirus: Malwarebytes(Review )
 

Nowadays, most antivirus do pretty much the same thing–and other people who claim otherwise are testing too many viruses on their virtual machines. I don’t think using a full-fledged suite like Norton or Bitdefender is worth it anymore.

I like Malwarebytes for its cheap price, and easy to use software that doesn’t get in the way or try to up-sell you with needless purchases. The free model is decent for scanning, but the pro model is worth it for the real-time protection which prevents you from downloading stupid stuff or going to dumb websites. 

My Favorite Office Chair: Steelcase Leap(Review)
 

I’ve been sitting on the same chair for 3 years, (2 years before that with a beat down Version 1 chair) and if I showed it to you, I don’t think you’d believe it since it looks brand new! I even made areview of it a while back and still sit in it today!

Steelcase is an amazing brand of ergonomic chairs that make chairs that easily last 20+ years.  They are super comfortable, adjustable, and VERY expensive–but very worth it. If the price is too much, you can usually find a renewed version for 50% off.

I want to try and test more office chairs (Herman Miller Embody etc,) and some more gaming chairs, but it’s expensive, and companies don’t want to send me chairs to test lol. 

My favorite Headset Brand: HyperX Cloud Headset(Review)
 

If you wear glasses and want a comfortable gaming headset, then go for the HyperX brand no questions asked. Super comfortable, good quality audio, and good prices!

 

14 thoughts on “Tom Spark Favorite Products

  1. What are your thoughts on the multiple Brave controversies?
    If you haven’t heard of them yet, the most recent one is that Brave is hijacking links and adding on their own affiliate links to them. A few years ago, they were also asking for BAT donations on behalf of creators without permission.
    The affiliate one has some legal implications as you are required to point out clearly that there is affiliate marketing occurring.
    The CEO is constantly justifying this and saying that it was a mistake or something along those lines. He keeps trying to justify this shady behavior.
    I think you should reconsider your trust and marketing of Brave.
    If you need a browser to go to, I’d say go to Firefox (or a fork of it) or to Ungoogled-Chromium. For both, I’d recommend adding uBlock Origin (Firefox, Chromium) and HTTPS Everywhere (Firefox, Chromium).

    • Hi Chris, I am aware of the controversy, but many people who were already anti-Brave are just hopping onto the bandwagon. They did not redirect affiliate links, they only auto-completed normal queries in Brave to their affiliate links for crypto sites. According to them, they did not intend or this to happen–but I’m not sure what they mean by that.

      Overall, I think Brave is still a great solution for out of box privacy and anti-ad tracking. No product is perfect, and I would rather use a browser like Brave than Chrome or Edge which sells user data. Firefox is a good option if you want to configure it a lot and don’t mind a speed loss.

  2. Since you made the video after I made the previous comment, can I say that I’m an influencer?
    To start, I’d like to say that I’m not anti-Brave.
    Response To Comment:
    I think I could’ve worded my comment better. Instead of saying that they were hijacking links, I should’ve said that they were auto-completing and suggesting the affiliate results.
    I don’t think that this was a mistake. They made code for this redirecting. I’m think the mistake was that they didn’t hide it well enough.
    I do agree that Brave is probably the best out of the box solution for privacy, but I do trust them a lot less now. Also, what speed loss? I hear people complain about speed a lot, but I’ve used both browsers and see no difference. Maybe that’s just my machine and the extensions that I use.
    Response To Video:
    “They are trying to make money”. Affiliate links are used primarily to make money, but Brave has denied making money off of these links. This makes me trust them even less.
    “They had this code available for everyone to see”. They did, but how many people check the code? They should have expected people to not check the code and public stated that they were auto-completing to affiliate links and/or have it (just the affiliate links) be a toggleable setting.
    “In order to make Mozilla good to use, you have to spend … like an hour … just configuring it”. 1) Mozilla is the non-profit behind Firefox. Mozilla != Firefox. | 2) Ten minutes. I spent about ten minutes configuring my Firefox for the first time. I had no prior experience doing it, but I did it in about ten minutes.
    “Like end-to-end encryption in calls with stuff like Jitsi”. Like you said, it’s just Jitsi. You can just use regular Jitsi and get more than just Brave users in a call. I like that they are at least trying (for free nonetheless), but I don’t think it’s enough to switch to Brave.
    Conclusion:
    This whole thing is not a privacy, security concern. It is a trust concern. This isn’t Brave’s first time doing something shady for money. Trust and transparency is very important thing for privacy and security.
    I don’t think people should just abandon Brave, but I think people should be ready to jump ship when the time comes.

    • You’re welcome to your own thoughts.

      Personally, I think you have to compare Brave to the other options. If not, go use Firefox.

  3. Hi Tom! I’m planning to use Brave browser for my personal online jobs like from different freelancing and sharing affiliate links from different advertising sites containing many ADDS. I plan to replace Chrome coz I want also to earn from the web browser that I almost used every day not just like Chrome. But I just want to know if Brave doesn’t block or filter some of the adds from different sites or it blocks directly sites containing so many advertising ADDS? Than you!

    • Brave should block all site ads and then if you want you can view Brave selected ads to earn BAT. If not you dont have to

  4. Tom, are you using malwarebytes alone or with some other (windows defender etc.) ? I have Norton now and very frustrated with it.

  5. First, I want to say thank you for your reviews. I got a lot of helpful insight and you don’t overwhelm with marketing cues.

    I watched your reviews on the various private emails, and I wanted to get your thoughts Protonmail (which I obviously used to contact you).

    You mentioned how Protonmail is within the 14 eyes, but doesn’t the self-destruct feature eliminate some of the concern over privacy?

    Obviously, it’s a bit more expensive than it’s competitors, but it is really user friendly and functional.

    I’m not defending the things you pointed out that need improvement, but it is more user friendly than other platforms.

    A solid email system IMHO should, in the order of importance, have the following features:

    1. User friendly;
    2. Secure;
    3. Price;
    4. Portability

    Perhaps security should be the to property, but if I can’t use it then why bother?

    • Most emails are pretty homogenous and offers similar features. I just think the other email providers provide pretty much the same stuff as proton mail, but are cheaper and have more storage etc.

      • do you know a good encrypted email account where you can also import the other mails from other accounts (even unencrypted ones) like Gmail?

  6. I set up Yubikey for my LastPass login. Then, the next time I login, I click on the option for “I lost my yubikey.” Then, Lastpass sends me an email to confirm. Now, I don’t need Yubikey 2FA to login to LastPass. Someone who knows my Lastpass password and has access to my email can bypass my Yubikey to my LastPass account. What is the point of Yubikey for LastPass, then? If somebody can steal my LastPass password it’s reasonable to think that they know how to access my email too. This setup totally defeats the purpose of Yubikey 2FA. Google account for example, does not let me do this.

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