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
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.
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.
ProtonMail and Tutanota
Over non end-to-end encrypted options such as Gmail, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail, or iCloud Mail.
Over non end-to-end encrypted options such as Google Calendar, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Calendar, or iCloud Calendar.
Over less privacy-respecting options such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or the Opera Browser.
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.
Over non privacy-first options such as Google Search, Bing, or Yahoo Search.
Over non end-to-end encrypted options such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, iCloud Drive, or Amazon Drive.
Over non end-to-end encrypted options such as OneNote, Evernote, Google Keep, Dropbox Paper, or Apple Notes.
Over less privacy-respecting options such as Google Translate or Microsoft Translator.
Maps and navigation
OsmAnd and OpenStreetMap
Over more privacy-invasive options such as Google Maps, Waze, Yandex Maps, Bing Maps, or HERE WeGo.
CryptPad and LibreOffice
Over non end-to-end encrypted offerings such as Google Docs, Microsoft Office, iWork, or Dropbox Paper.
Firefox Send, OnionShare, and FileSend
Over non end-to-end encrypted options such as WeTransfer and similar.
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
Precisely Private is also available as an Onion Service