Here I share the tools I use on my computer and how I have set them up for efficiency & security. For in-depth guidance and setting them up, follow the links I have added along the way.
Mac & MacOS
Currently, I feel most at home with Mac. There are a couple of reasons:
- Provides a beautiful GUI while still allowing in-depth customization
- Contains great code base while still being close to Linux
- Has a great community of developers who build both open source and premium applications while preserving and even adding to the look and feel of Macs
- Quite robust when it comes to security
My Browser: Firefox
All developers turn to Google Chrome when it comes to the browser of choice. And I love it as well. However, it has one significant flaw: It is created by a corporation who is clearly interested in collecting as much information about you as possible. Thus, I cannot endorse it from a privacy stand point.
When you see it from this point of view, there is not a whole lot of choice. The one main browser left is Firefox. It is supported by an open source community, allows deep customization and has a quick security update cycle (though not quite as quick as Chrome).
Learn more on the Firefox website
My Terminal: iTerm
This is the holy grail of hacking. The terminal emulator. There are so many disputes over what to use and which shell to rely on. I won't join the debate, I will just show you what I use.
Ever since running on Mac, I've become an avid fan of iTerm, a modern Mac terminal emulator. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's a good, more customizable terminal. I specifically love the feature of being able to open multiple sessions within one window.
Learn more on the iTerm2 website
My Texteditor: Sublime Text/VIM
VIM is the editor I rely on when solely working in the command line and am required to do simple code changes. Sublime Text is the choice when it comes to more complex subjects for now. However, in the future I might always rely on VIM. Though, I would need to find the optimal setup for that.
Learn more on the Sublime Text website
My Virtual Machine: Virtualbox
There are a few big virtualisation software out there, one of them is VMWare and the other Virtualbox. As far as I know, VMWare does cost something, while Virtualbox is free. Thus, I use Virtualbox (as you can, however, see, it was not the most informed decision).
Learn more on the Virtualbox website