Lists of Privacy Focused Sites, Services, & Products

Here are some lists of various apps, services, sites, etc that respect privacy and free-speech.

Need a new email address? Check the list for the best providers. Want to get a VPN service? Look here first to see which ones are actually worth having. These lists are being updated constantly so keep checking back for more suggestions of good apps and services.

3D Modeling and CAD Software

Some free, open-source 3D Modeling/CAD choices that aren't collecting mountains of data

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Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite
FreeCAD own 3D parametric modeler
OpenSCAD Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller
BRL-CAD powerful open source cross-platform solid modeling system
Wings 3D advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use

Cloud Storage Providers

A few cloud storage providers that let your files be YOUR files

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Sync.com protects your privacy with end-to-end encryption — ensuring that your data in the cloud is safe, secure and 100% private.
Icedrive next generation of cloud storage
Tresori cloud collaboration, made easy
MEGA Cloud Storage and Communication. Privacy by Design
pCloud and simple to use cloud storage
iDrive to the best backup and cloud storage.
SpiderOak, Reliable Backup to Protect Your Most Important Files from Data Loss and Ransomware
Syncthing is a continuous file synchronization program

Code/Text Editors

Write some code, take notes, whatever...but do it in a FOSS app!

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VSCodium Open Source Software Binaries of VSCode
Atom hackable text editor for the 21st Century
Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdevelopers
GNU Emacs extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor — and more.
Geany Flyweight IDE
Howl general purpose, fast and lightweight editor with a keyboard-centric minimalistic user interface.

DNS Services

Use one of these DNS services to gain more privacy and protect from malicious sites

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Quad9 open DNS recursive service for free security and high privacy
BlahDNS hobby Adblock DNS project with DoH, DoT, DoQ, DNSCryptv2 support
NextDNS new firewall for the modern Internet
OpenDNS services for your home or small business

Digital Note Apps

A selection of privacy-focused, consumer friendly note apps

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Turtl secure, collaborative notebook
Joplin open source note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities
Standard Notes free, open-source, and completely encrypted notes app
Paperwork is an open-source, self-hosted alternative to services like Evernote, Microsoft OneNote or Google Keep
Etherpad is a highly customizable open source online editor providing collaborative editing in really real-time
Laverna your notes private
HedgeDoc best platform to write and share markdown
SilentNotes is note taking app which respects your privacy
NoteRiot to use note taking

Email Providers

Here's a few privacy-focused email providers worth checking out

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CTemplar, anonymous email provider based in Iceland
Tutanota email for everyone
Disroot your favorite email client for this secure email provider
Countermail secure email provider
Hushmail and recieve private email
Posteo, ad-free email

File Sharing Services

Share files with friends and family using one of these secure, private services

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OnionShare + Productivity
Lufi file uploader
Keybase encryption for things that matter.
Datash helps you to send or receive text or file from one device to another one through browser.
Tresorit Send Safe. Truly Free.
SafeNote files for secure file sharing.
FilePizza peer-to-peer file transfers in your browser.
ToffeeShare file sharing without size limit

Google Suite/MS Office alternatives

Here are some alternatives to GSuite and MS Office that are MUCH better for privacy

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LibreOffice more - easier, quicker, smarter
Skiff is a privacy-first collaboration platform with expiring links, secure workspaces, and password protection.
OpenOffice Free and Open Productivity Suite
Cryptpad suite that has end-to-end encrypted and is open-source
FreeOffice best free alternative to Microsoft Office.

Home Automation Software

Open source home automation suites you can install and configure yourself

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OpenHAB the smart home
Home Assistant your home
ioBroker source automation platform

Messaging Apps

Have a chat with total privacy using one of these messaging apps

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Session messages, not metadata
Element your conversations
Briar messaging, anywhere
Jami, freely and privately
Status.im, Secure Communication
Snikket that is simple, secure, and private

Mobile Operating Systems

A list of mobile operating systems that can help you put an end to big tech tracking your every move.

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LineageOS free and open-source operating system for various devices, based on the Android mobile platform
CalyxOS mobile OS built with privacy and security as its primary concern
Graphene is a privacy and security focused mobile OS with Android app compatibility developed as a non-profit open source project
/e/ data is YOUR data
Sailfish OS mobile OS with built-in privacy
Replicant free software mobile operating system putting the emphasis on freedom and privacy/security
Mobile Linux are a handful of phones that run mobile Linux and there are several distros from which to choose.

Odysee channels - Tech

Here are some good tech channels to follow on Odysee

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Alpha Nerd/Mental Outlaw about FOSS, PCs, Linux, privacy, and more
DASGeek about Linux, gaming, and PC hardware
DistroTube depth videos about all things Linux
Hardware Unboxed about PC hardware, especially gaming PC components
Rob Braxman Tech about privacy and security with technology
Techlore about privacy and security with technology

Online Privacy Tools

Some tools for checking privacy and gaining a little more privacy.

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Cover Your Tracks how trackers view your browser
Am I FLoCed is testing FLoC on Chrome users worldwide. Find out if you're one of them.
DNS Leak Test you aren't using your default DNS service, see if your traffic is still leaking to your ISP.
Just Delete Me directory of direct links to delete your account from web services.
Forget delete old posts from Twitter or Mastodon.
Blacklight real-time website privacy inspector.

Online Retailers for Laptops

A Linux laptop is your best choice for privacy and security

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System76 most well known place to buy well made Linux laptop
Purism is home of the Librem laptops
Pine64 of the most popular Linux phone makers also makes laptops
Juno Computers sells laptops and desktops that come with Ubuntu pre-installed
Laptop with Linux for freedom, safety, reliability and happiness, choose Open Source!
Slimbook was born in 2015 with the idea of being the best brand in the computer market with GNU / Linux
RetroFreedom sells secure, privacy-respecting laptops that give you freedom
Entroware aluminum ultrabooks to full desktop replacements, Entroware has you covered
Libiquity sells electronics and services that respect their owners’ freedom and privacy
Star Labs Labs offer a range of laptops designed and built specifically for Linux

Other Privacy Websites

There is a lot of info out there about privacy and I can't cover all of it. Here are some more good sites like this one.

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Privacy Tools Ultimate Guide to Online Privacy
PrivacyTools provides services, tools and knowledge to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance.
Techlore privacy & security to the masses
Awesome Privacy don't spy.
Decentralization Central here is based on varying degrees of decentralized technologies.
Restore Privacy privacy news, original research, and helpful resources

PC/Laptop Operating Systems

Linux is really your only option if you care about privacy, but it has really become a darned good option!

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Ubuntu easiest to learn and use Linux distro with great support
Linux Mint easy to learn and use version of Linux
Manjaro Linux operating system for everyone!
Arch Linux for the person who already knows Linux and wants to FULLY customize their experience
Tails is a portable operating system that protects against surveillance and censorship
Whonix That Can Anonymize Everything You Do Online
Quobes OS reasonably secure operating system
Mofo Linux designed to defeat state censorship and surveillance
Kodachi Linux secure OS
Septor Linux is a operating system that provides users with a perfect computing environment for surfing the Internet anonymously
TENS End Node Security (TENS) creates a secure computing environment from trusted read-only media on almost any Intel-based computer

Password Managers

Use a password manager so you can have a different password for every site

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KeePassXC forget a password again
Bitwarden offers the easiest and safest way for teams and individuals to store and share sensitive data from any device
LessPass Password Manager
Master Password Password is a completely new way of thinking about passwords
Psono Source Password Manager

Search Engines

Search engines that don't track your every move

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Qwant search engine that respects your privacy
Searx metasearch engine
StartPage't be tracked online. Protect your personal data.
Brave Search the web privately...
MetaGer open-source, meta-search engine run by a German non-profit
Presearch is a Decentralized Search Engine
Swisscows safe WEB-search; based out of Switzerland
Gibiru Your Privacy Since 2009
Disconnect Search VPN service for popular search engines

Smart Watches

Open-source and DIY watches that won't track your every move

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PineTime Open Source Smartwatch For Your Favorite Devices. Low Cost, High Fidelity.
Bangle.js Smart Watch is an open, hackable smartwatch.
Open-SmartWatch completely DIY smart watch
Watchy e-paper watch
WatchX's a smartwatch that, anyone can build & code
Lilygo TTGO T-Watch programmable, wearable, & interactive development device.
AsteroidOS is an open-source operating system for smartwatches.

Social Media Frontends

If you HAVE to use mainstream social media, consider using a private frontend

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Libreddit Reddit frontend
Teddit Reddit frontend
Nitter Twitter frontend
Bibliogram Instagram frontend
Invidious YouTube frontend

Social Networks

Most social networks censor or track you. I can't point you to many here as lots CLAIM to be for free-speech but aren't.

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Mindshttps://www.minds.comThe leading alternative social network
Gabhttps://gab.comUnbiased social media
Mastodon platform that is community-owned and ad-free
Pixelfed free and ethical photo sharing platform
Diaspora online social world where you are in control
AKASHA Reloaded decentralized social network that is censorship-resistant by design
Friendica Decentralized Social Network

Social News Aggregators (think Reddit)

skip the censorship and tracking on Reddit and get news and memes from these sites instead

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Aether ephemeral public communities
Tildes non-profit community site driven by its users' interests
Lemmy Open-Source Federated Reddit Alternative
Saidit community focused on respectful communication and a variety of perspectives.

Team Messaging & Collboration

Chat, share files, and work as a team with these FOSS apps

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Mattermost Only Open Source Collaboration Platform for Developers
Wire day collaboration meets the most advanced security and superior user experience.
Zulip for distributed teams.
Jitsi secure, more flexible, and completely free video conferencing

VPN Services

Some secure VPN services based in countries with good privacy laws

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Mullvad a society increasingly determined to erode that right, a fast, trustworthy and easy-to-use VPN is a good first step toward reclaiming it.
ProtonVPN Swiss VPN that safeguards your privacy
IVPN Gibraltar based open-source, no-log VPN provider.

Video Streaming Platforms

Skip the censorship on YouTube by using one of these platforms instead

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Odysee video platform built on LBRY aiming to be the successor to YouTube
Bitchute aims to put creators first and provide them with a service that they can use to flourish and express their ideas freely.
Rumble is your rights management video platform. Host, distribute and monetize all your professional, social and viral video.
D.Tube is a community powered video sharing platform where users vote on videos to reward creators, curators, influencers and viewers in cryptocurrency.
PeerTube software to take back control of your videos
BitTube.tv brand new social network for content creators and streamers
Streemie based video sharing platform

Voice Assistants

These voice assistants won't constantly send everything you say to a big tech overlord like Siri, Alexa, Bixby, or Google Assistant

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Mycroft open and private voice assistant
Open Assistant source voice assistant
Jasper everything with your voice

Web Browsers

A handful of web browsers that won't spy on your every move

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Brave fast, private browser that allows you to earn crypto for viewing ads
Iridium browser securing your privacy. That's it.
Tor Browser insanely private browser that routes your traffic through the Tor network
Vivaldi private browser with a ton of customization possibilities
Dissenter private browser that values free-speech and has a built in comments system
Ungoogled Chromium lightweight approach to removing Google web service dependency
LibreWolf fork of Firefox, focused on privacy, security and freedom.

Windows Antivirus

If you HAVE to use Windows, these antivirus companies send less data and respect your privacy a bit more than others

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Emsisoft aim to make the most powerful yet light-weight protection
ClamAV® is an open source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware & other malicious threats.
Windows Defender is already installed, it does an ok job, and you won't be giving your data to yet another third party