This is a list of privacy and security-conscious products and services you can explore if you’re looking to reduce your reliance on (or completely switch away from) privacy-invasive or surveillance-based options.
Page last edited → 8 December 2022
Page last reviewed → 20 May 2022
Messages and calls
Instead of unencrypted cellular phone calls and SMS, options that don’t provide end-to-end encryption (or don’t do so by default) such as Meta’s Messenger, Snapchat, Telegram, Twitter’s Direct Messages, Skype, and WeChat, or end-to-end encrypted but not metadata-protecting options such as WhatsApp.
Video conferences and group calls
Signal and Jitsi Meet
Instead of less secure or less privacy-preserving options such as Google Meet, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Meta’s Messenger, or Lark Meetings.
Proton Mail and Tutanota
Instead of non end-to-end encrypted options such as Gmail, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail, or iCloud Mail.
Proton Calendar, Tutanota, and CryptPad Calendar
Instead of non end-to-end encrypted options such as Google Calendar, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Calendar, or iCloud Calendar.
Firefox, Brave, and Tor Browser/Onion Browser
Instead of less privacy-respecting options such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
Instead of non privacy-first options such as Google Search, Bing, or Yahoo Search.
Proton Drive and Sync
Instead of non end-to-end encrypted options such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, iCloud Drive, or Amazon Drive.
Instead of non end-to-end encrypted options such as OneNote, Evernote, Google Keep, Dropbox Paper, or Apple Notes.
Apple’s Translate and DeepL Translator
Instead of less privacy-respecting options such as Google Translate or Microsoft Translator.
Maps and navigation
OsmAnd and OpenStreetMap
Instead of more privacy-invasive options such as Google Maps, Waze, Yandex Maps, Bing Maps, or HERE WeGo.
CryptPad, Skiff Pages and LibreOffice/Collabora Office
Instead of non end-to-end encrypted or less privacy-preserving offerings such as Google Docs, Microsoft Office, iWork, or Dropbox Paper.
Tresorit Send, FileSend, and OnionShare
Instead of non end-to-end encrypted options such as WeTransfer and similar.
Surveys and polls
CryptPad Form and LimeSurvey
Instead of less privacy-protecting options such as Google Forms.
Instead of (or alongside with) surveillance-based, closed-source, and centralized options such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Reddit, LinkedIn, Snapchat, or Pinterest.
G*MP, Krita, Inkscape, Kdenlive, Audacity, and Scribus
Instead of proprietary and less privacy-focused software such as Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Audition, or InDesign.