Curated List of Privacy Respecting Services and Software
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- Search Engines
- Social Networks
- Cloud Storage
- Operating Systems
- Video Sharing
- AI Assistants
This is a list of various 'free' services whose business models are to collect as much personal data about you as possible and alternatives you can use to them if you care about not losing control of your data and your privacy.
For reasons why you may want to care about this, you can read this article.
The list is separated into topics and each service or software stated gives support for why you may want to stop using the service. As well as show alternatives to these services and why you may want to switch to them.
- Google - By 2030, You’ll Be Living in a World That’s Run by Google.
- Bing - Owned by Microsoft.
- Yandex - Russia's version of Google.
- StartPage - How we protect you.
- Searx - Why use Searx?
- Facebook - What should you think about when using Facebook?
- Instagram - Owned by Facebook.
- Scuttlebutt - Scuttlebutt principles.
- Mastodon - What is Mastodon? Mastodon instances.
- Diaspora - What is Diaspora?
- Steemit - What is Steemit?
- Indieweb - Why run your own website?
- Minds - Anonymous & open-source social network with encrypted conversations. How Minds.com Protects Your Privacy.
- Chttr - Politically unbiased, privacy respecting social network.
- Pleroma - Pleroma instances.
- WhatsApp - Uses Signal Protocol thus chats are E2E encrypted. However it sends entire user's contact books to FB servers. Owned by Facebook.
- Facebook Messenger - Owned by Facebook.
- Signal - Uses Signal Protocol.
- Silence - Fork of Signal based on SMS instead of a server.
- Riot - Secure decentralized chat powered by Matrix protocol.
- Threema - FAQ.
- Keybase - Open-source end-to-end encrypted chat and Dropbox alternative.
- Ring - About Ring.
- Ricochet - Anonymous instant messaging.
- Telegram - Uses MTProto Mobile Protocol. However group channels cannot be E2E encrypted, and private chats default to non-E2E. Telegram states that generating profit is not the end goal of the app.
- Briar - Peer-to-peer encrypted messaging and forums.
- Tox - Peer-to-peer serverless IM platform.
- Wire - Open-source Projet based on End-to-end encryption (server in Switzerland).
- Conversations - Built on XMPP/Jabber. List of XMPP clients for any operating system.
- Public XMPP services - Choose one, talk to any, or run your own with Prosody.
- Wickr - Encrypted Ephemeral Platform Trusted By Millions Worldwide.
- Semaphor - Encrypted, decentralized authority team chat and file sharing.
- Google Drive - Centralized and owned by Google.
- OneDrive - Owned by Microsoft.
- IPFS - Open source
- Syncthing - Open source.
- Seafile - About Seafile.
- Nextcloud - About Nextcloud. Self hosted + encryption app available.
- ownCloud - ownCloud Features. Self hosted + encryption app available.
- Keybase - Open-source end-to-end encrypted Dropbox and GitHub alternative.
- CozyCloud - Privacy and CozyCloud. Open Source + self hosted.
- Mega - Privacy Company - Open-source end-to-end encrypted.
- SpiderOak ONE - End-to-end no-knowledge encryption, Edward Snowden endorsed!
- Tahoe-LAFS - Capability-secure, end-to-end encryption, provider-independent privacy. Storage providers cannot read stored data.
- Gmail - Owned by Google.
- Outlook - Owned by Microsoft.
- Yahoo - Multiple data breaches.
- ProtonMail - Security of ProtonMail.
- Tutanota - FAQ.
- Posteo - About Posteo. Transparency Report.
- iRedMail - Be your own email provider.
- Kolab Now - Online service providing personal Kolab Groupware on desired level. Privacy Statement.
- Windows - Microsoft shares Windows 10 telemetry data with third parties.
- Chrome OS - Owned by Google.
- Android (preinstalled) - Google collects meta data (phone calls, SMS) from Android phones.
- Linux - Open source kernel.
- Tails OS
- Qubes OS
- iOS - iOS 10 security white paper.
- Android with LineageOS
- Android with Copperhead
- Android with /e/ - Fully ungoogled mobile phone OS. Privacy Facts
- macOS - Apple privacy.
- PureOS - Secure and freedom respecting. Soon also on smartphone: Librem5.
- Google Chrome - Owned by Google.
- Edge Browser - Owned by Microsoft.
- Firefox Browser - Firefox privacy.
- Brave Browser - About Brave.
- Tor Browser - Tor (anonymity network) wiki.
- Vivaldi - DuckDuckGo Collaboration.
- Ungoogled Chromium - More about Ungoogled Chromium.
- YouTube - Owned by Google.
- DTube - What is DTube?
- Peertube - Peertube instances.
- BitChute - Peer to peer video sharing platform.
- Amazon Alexa - Owned by Amazon.
- Google Home - Owned by Google.
- IBM Watson - Owned by IBM.
- Snips - AI assistant platform.
- Mycroft - Open-source AI assistant, range of hardware options.
- Apple Siri and HomePod - Apple Privacy.
- Privacy Tools - Encryption against global mass surveillance. (GitHub)
- Digital Privacy Tips
- PRISM Break - Opt out of global data surveillance programs like PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora. (GitLab)
- List of best privacy practices
- Privacy awesome list
- Awesome self hosted
- Self Hosted Subreddit
- Adversaries and Anonymity Systems: The Basics
- Will a VPN Protect Me? Defining Your Threat Model
- Bring Privacy Back
- Leaving the Cloud
- Secure Email - Overview of projects working on next-generation secure email.
- Terms of Service Didn't Read - User rights initiative to rate and label website terms & privacy policies.
- Cryptomator - Free client-side encryption for your cloud files. Open Source
- Bitmessage - P2P Based email-like platform. Uses proof-of-work to secure communications.
- Rebooting the Web of Trust - Research on building the next generation of Web-Of-Trust based identity systems.
- Awesome Humane Tech - Improve society using this list of humane tech projects.
- Security in a Box - Tutorials on how to stay private online and install privacy-preserving apps.
- My Shadow - FOSS alternative apps that respect your privacy.
- EFF SDD - EFF's surveillance self-defense guide.
- Restore privacy - Privacy-preserving alternatives to popular Google products.
- EPIC privacy tools - EPIC's collection of privacy-preserving tools.
- Secured.fyi - A ranking of paid and free services based on security and privacy attributes.
- That one privacy site - A detailed privacy-oriented comparison between VPN and E-mail providers.