Quick Alternatives Guide

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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.

Messages and calls

Signal

Over unencrypted cellular phone calls and SMS, non end-to-end encrypted options 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 groups calls

WhatsApp, FaceTime, and Jitsi Meet

Over less secure and privacy-preserving options such as ZOOM Cloud Meetings, Lark Meetings, Houseparty, Facebook Messenger, Messenger Rooms, Google Hangouts, Google Meet, or Skype.

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Email

ProtonMail and Tutanota

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

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Calendar

Tutanota

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

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Web browsers

Firefox Browser, Brave Browser, and Tor Browser

Over less privacy-respecting options such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or the Opera Browser.

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Social media

Mastodon (e.g. mastodon.social)

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

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Search engines

DuckDuckGo

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

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Cloud storage

Sync

Over 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

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

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Translators

DeepL Translator

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

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Maps and navigation

OsmAnd and OpenStreetMap

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

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Office suite

CryptPad and LibreOffice

Over non end-to-end encrypted offerings such as Google Docs, Microsoft Office, iWork, or Dropbox Paper.

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Sending files

Firefox Send, OnionShare, and FileSend

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

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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.

Page last updated 19 May 2020
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