Privacy-protecting Tools You Can Switch To

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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 → 15 November 2021
Page last reviewed → 26 June 2021

Messages and calls

Signal

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 Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct, Snapchat, Telegram, Twitter’s Direct Messages, Skype, and WeChat, or end-to-end encrypted but not metadata-protecting options such as WhatsApp.

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Video conferences and group calls

Signal, FaceTime, and Jitsi Meet

Instead of less secure or privacy-preserving options such as Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, or Lark Meetings.

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Email

ProtonMail and Tutanota

Instead of non end-to-end encrypted options such as Gmail, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail, or iCloud Mail.

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Calendar

Tutanota and CryptPad Calendar

Instead of non end-to-end encrypted options such as Google Calendar, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Calendar, or iCloud Calendar.

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Web browsers

Firefox, Brave, and Tor Browser/Onion Browser

Instead of less privacy-respecting options such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Opera.

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Search engines

DuckDuckGo

Instead of non privacy-first options such as Google Search, Bing, or Yahoo Search.

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Cloud storage

Sync and Tresorit

Instead of non end-to-end encrypted options such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, iCloud Drive, or Amazon Drive.

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Note-taking

Standard Notes

Instead of non end-to-end encrypted options such as OneNote, Evernote, Google Keep, Dropbox Paper, or Apple Notes.

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Translators

Apple’s Translate and DeepL Translator

Instead of less privacy-respecting options such as Google Translate or Microsoft Translator.

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Maps and navigation

OsmAnd and OpenStreetMap

Instead of more privacy-invasive options such as Google Maps, Waze, Yandex Maps, Bing Maps, or HERE WeGo.

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Office suite

CryptPad, LibreOffice, and Collabora Office

Instead of non end-to-end encrypted or less privacy-preserving offerings such as Google Docs, Microsoft Office, iWork, or Dropbox Paper.

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Sending files

Tresorit Send, FileSend, and OnionShare

Instead of non end-to-end encrypted options such as WeTransfer and similar.

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Surveys and polls

CryptPad Form and LimeSurvey

Instead of less privacy-protecting options such as Google Forms.

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Social media

Mastodon (e.g. mastodon.social), and Pixelfed (e.g. pixelfed.social)

Instead of data collection or surveillance-based, closed-source, and centralized options such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Reddit, LinkedIn, Snapchat, or Pinterest.

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Creative suite

GNU Image Manipulation Program (G*MP), Inkscape, Kdenlive, Audacity, and Scribus

Instead of proprietary and less privacy-focused software such as Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Audition, or InDesign.

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Note: A few of the messengers categorized as non end-to-end encrypted in this page provide end-to-end encryption as an optional feature. This means that private conversations are not treated as the foundation, but rather as an afterthought.