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 → 25 May 2022
Page last reviewed → 20 May 2022

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 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.

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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, Google Hangouts, or Lark Meetings.

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Email

Proton Mail 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

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.

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Web browsers

Firefox, Brave, and Tor Browser/Onion Browser

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

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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, Skiff Pages, LibreOffice/Collabora Office and ONLYOFFICE

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

Instead of (or alongside with) surveillance-based, closed-source, and centralized options such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Reddit, LinkedIn, Snapchat, or Pinterest.

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Creative suite

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.

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