Privacy Products

Software that values your privacy.


  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Snapcraft PortableApps.com Haiku Fire TV Website

    Mozilla Firefox (known simply as Firefox) is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite. Firefox is highly extensible, with thousands of third-party add-ons available.

    Firefox version 60+ (Quantum) is presently faster than Google Chrome and use less memory than Chrome. Compare to previous versions of Firefox, the Quantum version is twice as fast, promote parallelism, and has more intuitive user interface.
    • Video at https://youtu.be/n6wiRyKkmKc
    • Read more and see performance test results at https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/quantum-performance-test/

    Firefox is developed by the Mozilla Foundation and its subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation

     

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  • Brave

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Brave Web Browser is a fast, free, secure web browser with a built-in ad blocker*, tracking and security protection, and optimized data and battery experience.

    *What is Brave Ad Replacement?

    Brave’s goal is to speed up the web, stop bad ads and pay publishers. One of the ways we plan to accomplish this is with ad replacements. We will also invite users to fund their wallets and to use those funds to pay the publishers of their favorite websites.

     

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  • Iridium Browser

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Iridium Browser is a free, open, and libre browser modification of the Chromium code base, with privacy being enhanced in several key areas.

     

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  • EteSync

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet BSD iPad Self-Hosted F-Droid Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    Secure, end-to-end encrypted, and privacy respecting sync for your contacts, calendars and tasks. Everything is encrypted on the client-side and all the code (client and server) is open source.

     

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  • Turtl

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... Self-Hosted Chrome Firefox Website

    Whether it's bookmarks or passwords, files or shopping lists...Turtl organizes it all and makes it easy to find later. Sync across your devices. Leave nothing behind.

    Turtl uses high-end cryptography to protect your data. Whether you're worried about information leaks, competitive advantage, or blanket government surveillance, Turtl works hard to make sure only you, and those you choose, can see your data.

    Just because Turtl is secure and private doesn't mean you can't share with your teammates or family. Choose who you want to have access to your data without compromising your security.

     

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  • Standard Notes

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Website

    Standard Notes is a simple and private notes app. It allows you to write and sync your notes across all your devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web browser.

    Private means your notes are end-to-end encrypted, so only you can read your notes. Even we can't read the contents of your notes.

    Simple means it does one job and does it well. Standard Notes is a safe and lasting place for your life's work. Our focus is making it easy to write notes wherever you are and syncing them with encryption to all your devices.

    Standard Notes comes free with:
    • Seamless sync across all your devices, with easy to use applications on iPhone, iPad, Mac, web browsers, and other platforms.
    • Offline access, so you can access your downloaded notes even without a connection.
    • No limit on number of devices.
    • No limit on number of notes.
    • Passcode lock protection, along with Touch ID and Face ID protection.
    • A tagging system to organize your notes (like #work, #ideas, #passwords, #crypto).
    • The ability to pin, lock, protect, and move notes to trash, which allows you to recover deleted notes until the trash is emptied.

    We made Standard Notes simple because longevity is important to us. We want to make sure we're here, protecting your notes, for the next hundred years. You shouldn't have to find a new notes app every year.

    To sustain our development, we offer an optional paid program called Standard Notes Extended. Extended gives you access to powerful tools including:
    • Productivity editors
    • Beautiful themes
    • Powerful cloud tools including daily backups

    You can learn more about Extended at standardnotes.org/extended.

    We're always happy to talk, whether it be a question, thought, or issue. Please feel free to email us any time at help@standardnotes.org. When you take the time to send us a message, we'll be sure to do the same.

     

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  • Joplin

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome Termux Firefox Website

    An open source note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities.

     

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  • Bitmessage

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Bitmessage is a P2P communications protocol used to send encrypted messages to another person or to many subscribers. It is decentralized and trustless, meaning that you need-not inherently trust any entities like root certificate authorities. It uses strong authentication which means that the sender of a message cannot be spoofed, and it aims to hide "non-content" data, like the sender and receiver of messages, from passive eavesdroppers like those running warrantless wiretapping programs. If Bitmessage is completely new to you, you may wish to start by reading the whitepaper.

     

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  • Claws Mail

    Free Windows Linux BSD Website

    Claws Mail is an email client (and news reader), based on GTK+, featuring

    Quick response
    Graceful, and sophisticated interface
    Easy configuration, intuitive operation
    Abundant features
    Extensibility
    Robustness and stability

     

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  • Thunderbird

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku Website

    Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail, news and instant messaging client. The project strategy is modeled after Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox.

    It supports POP (storing mail locally on your hard drive so that it can be accessed without an internet connection), and IMAP. It features excellent mail filter capabilities and management.

    Thunderbird has strong support for using multiple accounts and identities, including automated signature features.

    Chat functionality is built in, so you can enjoy real-time conversation with your contacts, right from your favorite messaging application, with multiple supported networks. Thunderbird makes it easy to search through both past conversations and received emails.

    Thunderbird can also function as an RSS/Atom feed reader, and has a large selection of add-ons that extend it with calendar support, PGP support, integration with online services and much more.

    Available also as portable app: http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/thunderbird_portable

     

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  • PeaZip

    Free Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Website

    PeaZip is free file archiver utility, based on Open Source technologies of 7-Zip, p7zip, FreeArc, PAQ, and PEA projects.

     

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  • GnuPG

    Free Mac Linux PortableApps.com Xfce OpenPGP Website

    GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key management system as well as access modules for all kinds of public key directories. GnuPG, also known as GPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications. A wealth of frontend applications and libraries are available. Version 2 of GnuPG also provides support for S/MIME.

    Small GPG4Win iconGPG4Win provides a Windows version of GnuPG.

    Small GPGTools iconGPGTools provides a Mac OS X version of GnuPG.

     

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  • VeraCrypt

    Free Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com Website

    VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and that is based on Small TrueCrypt iconTrueCrypt .
    It adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force attacks.
    For example, when the system partition is encrypted, TrueCrypt uses PBKDF2-RIPEMD160 with 1000 iterations whereas in VeraCrypt we use 327670. And for standard containers and other partitions, TrueCrypt uses at most 2000 iterations but VeraCrypt uses 655340 for RIPEMD160 and 500000 iterations for SHA-2 and Whirlpool.

     

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  • Bitwarden

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Microsoft Edge Vivaldi Browser Chrome Microsoft SQL Server Tor Browser Bundle Safari Opera Mono Brave Firefox Website

    Bitwarden is the easiest and safest way to store your logins and passwords across all of your devices (iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Windows, Mac, Linux, and more). Bitwarden is FREE and open source.

     

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  • LibreOffice

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    LibreOffice is a powerful office suite – its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity.

     

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  • Write.as

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome Kindle Fire Website

    Write.as lets you write and publish text instantly. Write a note for yourself to read later. Create a standalone article you can quickly broadcast on social media — or publish a full blog.

    Write.as takes the distraction out of writing on other platforms and provides a calm place with your words. Then if you want the world to see them, it's as easy as sharing a link. Privacy is built in to every corner — you don't even have to sign up to use it. Just open the app, write something, and publish.

     

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  • Etherpad

    Free Web Self-Hosted Cloudron Website

    Etherpad is a highly customizable Open Source online editor providing collaborative editing in really real-time.

    Collaborating in really real-time
    No more sending your stuff back and forth via email, just set up a pad, share the link and start collaborating!

    Etherpad allows you to edit documents collaboratively in real-time, much like a live multi-player editor that runs in your browser. Write articles, press releases, to-do lists, etc. together with your friends, fellow students or colleagues, all working on the same document at the same time.

    All instances provide access to all data through a well-documented API and supports import/export to many major data exchange formats. And if the built-in feature set isn't enough for you, there's tons of plugins that allow you to customize your instance to suit your needs.

    You don't need to set up a server and install Etherpad in order to use it. Just pick one of publicly available instances that friendly people from everywhere around the world have set up. Alternatively, you can set up your own instance by following our installation guide

    This opensource project is based on the original Small Etherpad (by Appjet) iconEtherpad (by Appjet) , made from AppJet Inc. , later acquired by Google which open-sourced the key libraries required to create Etherpad Lite.

     

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  • XMPP

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Windows Phone Self-Hosted Website

    is the open standard for messaging and presence. XMPP powers emerging technologies like IoT, WebRTC, and social.

     

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  • Kontalk Messenger

    Free Android Self-Hosted Website

    Kontalk is a secure instant messenger, allowing you to send and receive text, image and voice messages (other file types coming soon) to and from other Kontalk users completely free of charge.

    Kontalk Features:

    • Your phone number is your ID. No usernames or passwords.
    • It automatically finds other Kontalk users by looking at your address book, making it even easier to start chatting on Kontalk with your friends.
    • End-to-end encryption ensures safe and private conversations, so that only you and the person you are talking to can read them.
    • Both client-to-server and server-to-server channels are fully encrypted. Users can be safe with end-to-end encryption — servers can't decrypt it.
    • Your and all phone numbers used on the network are irreversibly encrypted.
    • It supports multiple devices, making it very easy to start chatting on your phone and continue the conversation on your tablet.
    • Based on open standards: XMPP and OpenPGP.

     

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  • RetroShare

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD OpenSSL ... OpenPGP Website

    RetroShare is a open source cross-platform, private and secure decentralized communication system. It lets you to securely chat, share photos, videos, and more, using Small OpenPGP iconOpenPGP to authenticate peers and Small OpenSSL iconOpenSSL to encrypt all communication.

    RetroShare features:

    Chat

    Send text and images. Discuss with various people in chat rooms. Express your emotions with the rich smiley set. Use distant chat to securely chat with friends-of-friends.

    Voice and Video

    Make free and secure calls with the VoIP plugin. Catch up face to face with a video call.

    Mail

    Send encrypted messages to other members of the network. Retroshare can store encrypted messages on friends nodes to deliver messages while you're offline.

    File sharing

    Share files with your friends or with the whole network. Use the search to find files. Retroshare uses swarming similar to BitTorrent, to accelerate the download. This makes it possible to share big files with 1GB or more. Your privacy is protected with anonymous tunnels. Only your direct friends might learn which files you download.

    Forums

    You can read and write forum posts offline. This is perfect while you're on the go. When you have an Internet connection, Retroshare will automatically sync forums with your friends. Decentralized forums are censorship resistant by design.

    Posted

    Share your favorite links. See which links others like. Vote and discuss links.

    Channels

    Publish files in channels. Subscribe to channels and automatically download the latest files. Comment on files and spread them to your friends.

     

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  • Briar

    Free Android Website

    An open-source decentralized and encrypted messaging app even without internet connection via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
    Messages are stored securely on your device, not in the cloud. Connect directly with nearby contacts - no Internet access is required.

     

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  • Freenet

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Freenet is free software which lets you anonymously share files, browse and publish "freesites".

     

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  • I2P

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android BSD Website

    The I2P network provides strong privacy protections for communication over the Internet. Many activities that would risk your privacy on the public Internet can be conducted anonymously inside I2P.

     

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  • Tahoe-LAFS

    Free Linux BSD Website

    Tahoe-LAFS (Tahoe Least-Authority Filesystem) is a Free and Open cloud storage system. It distributes your data across multiple servers. Even if some of the servers fail or are taken over by an attacker, the entire filesystem continues to function correctly, including preservation of your privacy and security.

     

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  • Raddle

    Free Web Website

    A web-based forum where users submit links, pictures, posts, etc., and interact via threaded comments.

     

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Comments on Privacy Products

coralinecastell
· Nov 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

At a glance, I'd remove:

Telegram -> use these instead: https://www.privacytools.io/software/real-time-communication/

Ubuntu -> why? On recent updates Canonical added Amazon ads to Ubuntu.

ExpressVPN & PIA -> why? There are better alternatives. See: https://thatoneprivacysite.net/

Wire -> JUST got removed on Privacy Tools this month. Got bought by a US company. News was on the front-page of AlternativeTo.

Brave -> Has built-in ads, collects your data is Chromium based. Use Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox or Small Tor Browser iconTor Browser or Small Falkon iconFalkon

Infinity Seach -> Personally I use Small DuckDuckGo iconDuckDuckGo but we'll see what infinity has to offer on the long run...

Your list is important but it's bloated and full of doubtful suggestions. This can be misleading to uninformed users. Please revise your content! I'm happy to help with the little I know.

[Edited by coralinecastell, January 10 TO REFLECT RESPONSE BELLOW]

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This list will be updated shortly as we were unaware of some of these recent events. We started out this list by gathering many products that are generally known for valuing user privacy but there are several more alternatives that we will add to this and we will remove some as well. We are also migrating many of these products to a new list that is just going to be Google alternatives that do not pass for being completely privacy based.

As for Infinity Search and the other search engines included here, they will remain on the list because they are still privacy products. DuckDuckGo has always been included in this list but it is not the only reliable privacy based search engine. Others include Infinity Search, Qwant, Searx, Mojeek, and several others which can be found at https://alternativeto.net/list/13568/privacy-search-engines .

We appreciate your response and please let us know your thoughts on our new revisions!


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