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Here you can learn more about V0LT, and read frequently asked questions.

What is V0LT?

V0LT is hard to describe concisely. Simply put, its a place for games, software, music, images, tutorials, and videos and other content designed with advancing the digital world in mind. All V0LT content places a heavy emphasis on privacy and user freedom. It isn't really a company, but still seems to function like one, with users, products, services, and followers. V0LT is non-profit, but still sells some paid products like V0LT Platinum, though the vast majority of V0LT content is cost free.

Who is V0LT for?

If you use computers of any kind, then V0LT is for you. Even if you've just stumbled upon the V0LT website, and have never used any content from it, V0LT, along with hundreds of other groups, are still fighting to prevent companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft from abusing their positions to compromise the privacy and freedom of users. While V0LT provides some alternatives to products by these companies, it also provides the resources to access other alternatives. Since V0LT doesn't have profits in mind, it doesn't matter whether you use a V0LT product, or another free and open source software alternative. Just as long as your software respects your privacy, security, and freedom, V0LT has succeeded.

Who's responsible for V0LT?

My name is Conner, and I'm the sole person behind V0LT. Thats not to say I'm the only reason it exists though. V0LT heavily depends on the efforts of free software developers all over the planet. Without these developers, I wouldn't have the software and tools I need to create V0LT content. I'm only responsible for using those tools to create new, exciting content to share with the world. If you'd like to learn more about me and my background, you can do so here!.

Where can I contact V0LT?

You can contact V0LT a few different ways.

  1. Email: 'cvieira@v0lttech.com'
  2. V0LT Messaging: Click "Services" at the top of the page, click "Messages", then enter "cvieira" as the recipient.
  3. Matrix Direct Messaging: @cvieira:matrix.org
  4. Matrix V0LT Chat Room: https://matrix.to/#/#v0lt:matrix.org

Whats the catch to all these free products and services?

If all goes well, hopefully none. Most products and services are free to download and use, don't contain ads, and don't have any trackers or data collection tools. I do most of what I do in hopes of helping someone out and promoting ethical software. If you enjoy any of these products or services, then a donation to V0LT is extremely appreciated. If you really want a catch, it's probably the lack of quality. I develop this programs on my own time, with no help, and with very little financial resources, so don't expect full quality projects that you'll get from other creators. I do my best to produce helpful, high quality content and services, but this isn't always possible.

I've seen the 'V0LT' name on other websites. What's up with that?

I often develop websites and online services for other open source projects. While I don't charge them anything for this, I will typically put a small 'Made by V0LT' message in the bottom corner. If you've seen a website with this message, it means that I don't own or control the website, but I was at least partially responsible for creating it. The open source projects are free to change the website to fit their needs, so I can't necessarily stand by what is put on them.

If you've seen another website that claims to be V0LT, chances are it's someone trying to impersonate V0LT. If you have the time, please report these using the V0LT contact information above. Use caution while using these sites, as they probably have nefarious intentions.

Do I need JavaScript enabled to use the V0LT website?

The V0LT website is designed to be completely functional without JS. If you don't know what JS/JavaScript is, this doesn't affect you that much. Certain web-apps and services require JS to run properly but the vast majority of pages should look identical regardless of whether or not JS is active. Services are labled with a red box if they require JS to function.

I've found a typo, glitch, or bug in a piece of V0LT content. What do I do about it?

If you've found something wrong with V0LT content, I'd highly appreciate if you'd let me know at cvieira@v0lttech.com. If applicable, you can also make changes via git, and submit a merge request to have the changes made to the mainline V0LT verison of the software.

What is V0LT's stance on privacy?

I'm a huge advocate and supporter of digital privacy, so I do everything in my power to keep all V0LT services and products free of trackers of any kind. The only analytics I use for V0LT are basic day-by-day and page-by-page visit counters that make no attempt to track you as an individual. I also do everything possible to avoid using 3rd party services, especially those like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, who are notorious for bad user privacy. If you want to learn more about the V0LT analytics system, visit Analytics. You can also learn more about V0LT's privacy in general at the privacy policy.

How come V0LT Music only really produces remixes and mashups?

Making mashups with software like Mixxx takes a completely different skillset than making songs from scratch. While I've taken a few stabs at making original songs, I wasn't satisfied with their quality, and felt much more comfortable in my ability to create high quality mashups of existing songs.

Why is the V0LT website/server often slow?

V0LT runs entirely on a workstation PC. When you connect to the V0LT website, you aren't connecting to AWS, Google, or any third party hosting service. You're connecting straight to V0LT. While this is great for privacy, confidentiality, and for promoting a decentralized internet, it often has an effect on speed. However, caching and minimal webpage design can help compensate for these slow downs and make the V0LT website fully functional even with limited connection speed.

Miscellaneous Questions

Here are some questions that I get asked often, but are unrelated to V0LT. These questions are mostly just general technology questions, but some fall into other categories.

What OS do you recommend?

A few years ago, this answer would have been MacOS without hesitation. However, Apple has been going consistently downhill from then, so I now recommend Linux. Linux is somewhat similar to MacOS, in that it's based off of Unix. This makes it easy to use for developers, who are already familiar with Unix. In my opinion, the most significant argument for Linux is that it's free, in terms of freedom. When you use a GNU/Linux distro, you can personally verify that nothing is you aren't comfortable with is going on behind the scenes. Nearly all of the code on most distributions is free and open source, meaning you can study, modify, and distribute the source code for it.

What smart phone do you recommend?

This is a tricky one. As with the desktop OS question, A year ago I would have recommended iOS without hesitation. However, there isn't really a good choice now in my opinion. You have to decide whether your prefer a phone that protects your privacy and is supported longer, and get an iPhone, or prefer a phone that can be customized to be very functional and cost effective, and get an Android phone. Either side has quite a big downfall, so I can't really suggest that you get either side.

What specific Linux distro do you recommend?

This one is more up to what you want to do than a single best choice. For those in the cyber security field, I'd recommend Kali. For development and more technical users, I'd recommend Pop!_OS. For every day use or inexperienced users, I'd recommend ElementaryOS. For lightweight use, I'd recommend Debian or Lubuntu. If you're looking for something with a wide support network, I'd recommend Ubuntu.

What direct messaging software do you recommend?

For general use, Signal is great for nearly all uses. Its very similar to iMessage, but works on far more platforms. Signal has fantastic privacy, but if you're looking for ultimate privacy and security, I recommend Ricochet, which uses Tor to send encrypted messages. However, Signal is more than secure enough for most things.

What browser do you recommend?

Brave Browser is a fantastic browser, especially if you're used to using Google Chrome. Brave has built in privacy protections, while still be extremely similar in function to Google Chrome, making it very easy to adjust to. If you'd like to support V0LT while downloading Brave, visit the V0LT referral link. If you'd just like to download Brave, and don't want to use the V0LT link, simply visit brave.com. If you don't want to use Brave, I also recommend Safari and Firefox. Both Safari and Firefox are simple and easy to use, with Firefox being slightly more powerful feature wise than Safari. I recommend avoiding Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome if you are concerned at all about privacy. However, if you don't mind having your data shared/sold, and are ok with Google knowing all of your browsing information, Chrome is very widely used and has a very large feature set.