Tom Spark Favorite Products

This 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.

Privacy / Security Products

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

(50% off with code “tomspark”)

TorGuard VPN has been my daily use VPN for around 5 years. Call me cheap, or call me biased, it’s still the only good VPN that costs only $5 a month or $30 a year with my code “tomspark”. It simply can’t be beat for someone like me who values speed, security, customer support, and a good reputable VPN provider.

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! 

It’s by far, my favorite private web host.

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.

Youtuber Stuff

My Favorite  Youtuber App: Tubebuddy

$19 a month isn’t cheap, but the features that Tubebuddy offers have saved me way more time and money. You can bulk check videos for demonetization, add useful tags, research competitors, bulk change video descriptions and more. An invaluable tool and a must-have for any Youtuber.

My Favorite Graphic Design / Photo Editor App: Canva

I don’t even use photoshop anymore because the online photo editor Canva has become so powerful. It’s like Photoshop for noobs, but even better. With the pro version, you have tons of stock images, backgrounds, icons and anything you need to create a cool picture for a blog post or even just a youtube thumbnail. It’s super easy to use, and you can even make animations and small video clips! Some of my favorite new additions to the online app is that you can quickly remove the background from pictures which makes putting my face into thumbnails super easy.

My Favorite studio microphone: RE-20

I’ve tried a few different studio microphones, and I’ve settled on the RE-20. It gives really good dynamic sound for my voice. The SM-7B–another popular choice, sounds a bit flat to me (although it’s a bit cheaper). Watch this video for a comparison/test of this microphone.

My Favorite Chair: Herman Miller Embody

The Embody is the best chair on the market if you value ergonomics. It’s a bit tricky to find right now since chairs are in high demand with the pandemic, but seriously–this chair is worth the price. I spent around a month’s worth of ad revenue on it, but I don’t regret it. It’s lightweight and breathable to sit on, but super springy and supportive and has some of the best back support on any chair I’ve tried.

Favorite Website SEO tool: SEMRUSH

Don’t have any ideas on how to rank for keywords or how to get more traffic to your website without wasting money on Google ads? While Tubebuddy is a great tool for Youtube, Semrush is where the real power lays for doing website SEO.

It’s a bit expensive, but this website is a complete powerhouse of useful tools like keyword searching, backlink building, competitor analysis, and more.

It’s also the ONLY SEO tool that provides a free 2 week trial. There is so much stuff on the website that there is a significant learning curve. But if you really take the time to exploring the website, you will quickly find it’s worth the cost for your business since you’ll make more money with better SEO.

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  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).

    1. 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. What is your opinion about Vivaldi? Right now, it’s my favorite considering that Firefox has frequent compatibility issues with many websites due to his unique and lonesome engine. Sadly, Edge would have please me if it weren’t of his owner… Vivaldi seems great for people that don’t need extreme privacy and security. And it is efficient to a stunning point. For Brave, it’s been a while since I left it due to many things that killed my trust. As Opera did a long time ago.

  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.
    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.

    1. 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!

    1. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  7. Hi Tom, before i buy would or could you point out a reliable vpn for Dubai UAE? Slightly different protocol here. Thank you

  8. I have been using ESET for about 12 years now after I dumped Norton. My norton firewall was breached and Norton knew there was a huge problem and didn’t tell anyone. My other problem with all antivirus and firewall products I have tried is that they severely affect system performance.

    ESET is easy to use and has a firewall learning mode I can use when setting up applications and doing network documentation without using a sniffer.

  9. Hello tom (from Canda):
    As of June 8, 2021 at 21.05 EDT
    I am not sure if you ave seen my comment asking you to contact andy at private router He has been excellent in follwoing a problem with the delivery of a min-router to Canada.
    I think the real snag is not USWPS itself but someone on their website who made some sort of goofg which caused my order to come back with a remark of thir being no means of delivery to my Address in the Greater Montreal QC Canada area.

    Both Andy and I find this odd/bizarre.
    Also in trying to ring them on the phone the call was rerouted to an automated offer to get the updated numebr fo acarge of some $3.50 or so USD.

    That was enough for me to hang u immediately as I sius[edted a fraudster had got in the middle.
    I then exchanged a coupe f added emails with Andy to warn him suggesting that he might want to contact local ponic or the FBI for them to invesitgate.

    It wuld be nce if we could exchangew phone numbers to simplify getting all; in sync, however nobody wants to do that un You Tube

    1. Hello Tom,. from Canada:

      It is now June 18, 2021 at 19:26 EDT:

      Legal disclaimer:
      I do not hold a law degree, nor any other university degree, however what I proffer here can be used as pointer of what to seek or ask of legal and other professionals. Hence what follows does not truly consist of “legal advice”, but a warning to seek professional counsel when needed.
      My remarks here are intended as ‘pointers’ or suggested issues to be discussed with appropriate and legally authorized to practise professionals if and when the matter to which they have been associated threatens to be of appropriate import. Pointers are not a substitute for professional advice, but might also serve to dissuade a person or persons from getting involved in one or other potential problematic situation, yet such avoidance can also be of serious import, therefore once again all are advised additionally, in that guise to consult professional advice before attempting anything that might be seen as criminal or other negligence that might become of legal import.
      On Protection of professions:
      While there is a legitimate need to protect professions and professional practise, this also can be taken too far at times. While protecting professional practise serves, to a degree, to protect the citizen’s rights to avail themselves of adequately trained and ethically bonded professional advice, when protection of such kind concurrently serves to result in professionals or others using same support a “protectionism” or co-dependent lack of ethical and pro-active performance, such measure of protectionism has then exceeded its reasonable limits of sociological effectiveness, and then becomes deleterious.

      Now for the Torguard Experiment:

      I have just installed the Torguard Browser extention intended for firtefox in Ice Cat. Note I am using the .RPM version as Fedora is an RPM ased Linux Distro.

      For people using Debian distros there is also a downloadable version for that.

      Icecat, ffor the sake of anyone unfamiliar, is a Linux based GNU browser that is very similar to firefox, except it is largely de-Googled.

      While it can have a lot of the De-googling removed, by defaulyt it is left out.
      IMHO I would not recommend using this with You tube asyou might be forced to open up a lot of Google’s hidden content.

      For You tube downloading, use Firefox, and in Linux you can often download the videos using videodownloader.

      However warning to all: You Tube Videos are not entorely free of intellectual property constraints, so if you download only to view youself, that’s one thing, but for anything else it is the downloaders’ responsibility for any consequences!

      For Linux users this works as I have tested it, with Icecat over Wayland in Fedora. (Note Icecat has multiple versions depending on what underlying platform a user wants to use it with.)

      A “Router Roundabout”:

      I had originally thought thay my TP-Link Archer 7 “Front door” router did not have a VPN client. But then it quit, and eventually I was able to restart it when I had the time to test and experiment.

      That was when I discovered a hidden menu with the VPN client options, and so have downloaded the Firefox browser extension, and subsequently fount what we see here today. The extention for Linux, RPM version, works and works in IceCat as well. Perhaps you could forward this to Torguard for us all as it makes yet another atout for Torguard!

      Since I do not know if this messagin content is provate, I hesitate to add any personal info such as a phone number, however you might be willoing to use the email address to send me yours, and so I can tell you a bit more, and please (as for all American You Tubers, please at least tell us what state you come from (Geographically curious).

      I am in the greater Montreal Quebec Canada area, and speak
      English (native ) French (a strong second), and Spanish third.

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