My privacy & user friendly setup [Dec. 2022]

What I use to protect my privacy that I would actually recommand to everyone to try as it does not requiere a lot of effort to use that instead of the GAFAM and Big Brother stuff !

Darlene Sonalder
Darlene SonalderList by Darlene Sonalder, last updated 2023-01-11
  1. The OS

  2. CalyxOS icon

    For my smartphone

    Android with privacy by default in mind and without any Google code in it but an option to enable microG . Check app compatibility with degoogled phone and/or microG

    Worth mentioning : GrapheneOS 🔒 Most secure and private option, only for Pixels with Sandboxed Play Services supports. DivestOS Not always secure but pretty good and degoogled (no microG nor Sandboxed Play Services), it is especially good for older phones. /e/ Only secure on Fairphone (3/3+/4) and Murena phones but degoogled and provide a privacy friendly ecosystem. Lack behind a couple of Android features update. LineageOS for microG Not secure but support a large pannel of devices. LineageOS Not secure and not fully degoogled but support the larger pannel of devices.

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    Encrypted communications
    Tor Browser installed
    Download apps from F-Droid and Aurora Store
  3. Pop!_OS icon

    My linux-based operating system for my gaming rig.

    I love it !

    Worth mentioning : Linux Mint For Windows users elementary OS For macOS users Fedora Seems to became one of the best choice for linux begginers

    For more advanced privacy and security : Qubes OS Whonix Alpine Linux

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    Pop!_OS screenshot 1
  4. macOS icon

    For my work laptop !

    If you don't use iCloud and the Apple App Store macOS is quite a solide option in my opinion ! I get some of my apps from Homebrew and Homebrew Cask . I use Little Snitch to have better control. But you could use : Radio Silence Cheaper, simpler, a bit less powerful LuLu by Objective-See FOSS

    Worth mentioning : ravynOS Early stage of dev

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    macOS screenshot 1
  5. Tails icon

    A liveOS that you can run on any PC since you install it on a USB stick ! It clean EVERYTHING after you shutdown the machine !

    • Operating System
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Electrum
    • Tor Browser
    • GNOME
    • Tor
    • VeraCrypt
    • Thunderbird
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    Tails screenshot 1
  6. The search engine

  7. DuckDuckGo icon

    DDG is my go to recommendation as it's a powerful Google competitor and the default on the Tor Browser ! They also have an HTML-only version and a Lite version + an onion site.

    Worth mentioning : Startpage Google index but private 🔍 Qwant French company 🇫🇷 Brave Search Nice index 🦁 MetaGer 100% renewable energy + non-profit 🌍 Mojeek The OG of private search engine 👴🏽 Swisscows The one under the Swiss Alps that gives some benefit to charity. 🇨🇭🏔 Neeva The ad-free freemium one 📢

    Self hostable : Searx Open source multi search engine scrapper Whoogle Search Open source Google scrapper with no JavaScript or tracking

    I would recommend to read their privacy policy :

    https://duckduckgo.com/privacy https://www.startpage.com/privacy-policy/ https://search.brave.com/help/privacy-policy https://about.qwant.com/legal/confidentialite/ https://metager.org/datenschutz https://www.mojeek.com/about/privacy/ https://swisscows.com/privacy https://neeva.com/privacy

    Or compare them with this website : https://searchengine.party/

    • Web Search Engine
    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • F-Droid
    • Yandex.Browser
    • Tor
    • Opera
    • Firefox
    • ...
    DuckDuckGo Homepage
  8. The browser

  9. Bromite icon

    For Android

    I always go with Bromite. You can add their official repository in your F-Droid client or download the APK from their official website/GitHub. It sometimes lack behind in updates which is a security risks !

    Worth mentioning : Mull Gecko based (Mozilla Firefox) Don't support per-site isolation ! Brave Chromium based Privacy Browser WebView based

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
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    Bromite screenshot 1
    Bromite screenshot 2
    Bromite screenshot 3
  10. Brave icon

    For iOS

    The most private and secure iOS browser yet. This guide is nice if you want to improve your privacy and security even more. Worth mentioning: Mozilla Firefox Disable analytics in settings SnowHaze Not the best UI but full of nice features ! Firefox Focus Disable analytics in settings Orion Browser IN BETA

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
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    Start Page
  11. Mozilla Firefox icon

    For your computer

    I always go with Firefox because chromium is Google and I don't want them to control the whole internet (it is actually the case). Disabling Mozilla analytics in settings and installing uBlock Origin makes it more private. If you want to harden your FF I would recommend you to look at Arkenfox user.js ! If you want a more conveniant version of Arkenfox check this .

    Worth mentioning : Brave Chromium based LibreWolf Firefox but with a brave approach (no cryptocrap) Orion Browser WebKit based (Safari), macOS only IN BETA

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Gecko
    • ...
    Startpage
  12. Tor Browser icon

    For every device

    Tor Browser is the best when it comes to privacy and anonymity. But it's slow and some websites are broken.

    For iOS

    The Tor Project recommends Onion Browser has there is no official Tor Browser app on the AppStore due to Apple controlling the web engine of your devices.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • OpenBSD
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    Tor Browser screenshot 1
  13. Browserosaurus icon

    My browser selector on macOS

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    Browserosaurus screenshot 1
  14. Browser Picker icon

    The browser selector I would use on Windows 10

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    Browser Picker screenshot 1
  15. Junction icon

    My browser selector on Linux kernel

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    Junction screenshot 1
  16. Browser extensions

    I use them only on my desktop browser. EXTENSIONS CAN BE USE TO FINGERPRINT YOUR BROWSER

  17. uBlock Origin icon

    This one is a must. If you just installing it will automatically blocks all ads and most trackers. But it has more features than that. I recommend you to look at the doc.

    • Ad Blocker
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Pale Moon
    • Thunderbird
    • Opera
    • Node.JS
    • Chromium
    • Firefox
    • ...
    uBlock Origin screenshot 1
  18. LibRedirect icon

    I really love this one. It allow you to reddirect your traffic to privacy front-end instance. For exemple a friend send you a link of a funny cat meme on reddit. If you have this extension it will redirect you to the exact same meme but instead of loading the official quiet invasive reddit website it will load a LibReddit/Teddit instance. Works for : YouTube -> Invidious / Piped / FreeTube / Yattee YouTube Music -> Beatbump X -> Nitter Instagram -> Bibliogram TikTok -> ProxiTok Reddit -> Libreddit / teddit Imgur -> RimGo Wikipedia -> Wikiless Medium -> Scribe.rip Quora -> Quetre IMDb -> LibreMDb Reuters -> Neuters PeerTube LBRY & Odysee Google Search -> Searx / Whoogle Search / Startpage Google Translate -> Lingva Translate / LibreTranslate Google Maps -> OpenStreetMap / FacilMap Send

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera
    • Brave
    • Firefox
    • Flathub
    • ...
    LibRedirect screenshot 1
  19. The App Store

  20. Neo-Store icon

    The best F-Droid client in my opinion. I do use the official F-Droid client because it ships with privilege extension on CalyxOS, but with the new Android 12 third arty store feature, this one could totally replace it. And it should as it use a more recent API for installation which is more secure than the one F-Droid is using.

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    Neo-Store screenshot 1
    Neo-Store screenshot 2
    Neo-Store screenshot 3
  21. Aurora Store icon

    If you need apps that are only on the Google Play Store you can download them here without any account. You can also download paid apps you bought by loging in your Google account.

    • App Store
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Aurora Store screenshot 1
    Aurora Store screenshot 2
    Aurora Store screenshot 3
  22. AltStore icon

    If you're on iOS the easiest, legal way to sideload apps is AltStore. Unfortunately it's not comparable to any third party store on Android but hey it work and does not break Apple Terms of Services !

    • App Store
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • iPhone
    • iPad
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    AltStore screenshot 1
  23. Cloud sync note-taking

  24. Standard Notes icon

    E2EE note-taking app with cross devices sync !

    Worth mentioning : Notesnook Freshly open source (E2EE cloud sync) Joplin OG and open source (E2EE cloud sync) Obsidian Closed source but local or E2EE cloud sync on premium

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Standard Notes screenshot 1
  25. Cryptocurrencies

    Crypto currencies are the only form of digital money that is private ! But most aren't You can buy a bitcoin hard-wallet like bitbox02 or Passport !

  26. Monero icon

    Monero(XMR) is the digital-cash. Untraceable, anonymous and secure by default ! To me it's like bitcoin but for the modern days, you can't make something perfect on the first try ;)

    Learn more on their website and in this amazing book

    ONLY USE WALLET RECOMMENDED ON getmonero.org

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    Monero screenshot 1
  27. Bitcoin icon

    Bitcoin(BTC) is the first cryptocurrency. It's ultra secure but not anonymous by default, even if people think so. Actually it's not private at all since the blockchain is public and that nowadays people uses KYC services while buying crypto. Look at it like the digital-gold. It's more accepted than Monero though.

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    Bitcoin screenshot 1
  28. Samourai icon

    BTC for Android

    THE best crypto-wallet for Android (better than any iPhone wallet) if using bitcoin privately matters to you ! BTC only Join the whirlpool to get all the benefits !!!

    Worth mentioning : BlueWallet iOS and Android Sparrow Bitcoin Wallet macOS, Windows & Linux

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    Samourai screenshot 1
  29. Cake Wallet icon

    BTC, XMR & LTC for Android & iOS

    THE best XMR Wallet for iOS ! The most user firendly XMR wallet for android !

    A XMR only version of cake wallet is available on Monero.com for both iOS and Android ! You can now exchange coin with both Monero.com and Cake Wallet !

    Worth mentioning : Monerujo for Android (community driven)

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    Cake Wallet screenshot 1
    Cake Wallet screenshot 2
    Cake Wallet screenshot 3
  30. LocalMonero icon

    Buy Monero in exchange of fiat (eBanking, PayPal, etc...), cash or other crypto with real people in P2P.

    THIS IS ONE OF THE RECOMMENDED METHODS

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    LocalMonero screenshot 1
    LocalMonero screenshot 2
    LocalMonero screenshot 3
  31. LocalBitcoins.com icon

    Buy Bitcoin in exchange of fiat (eBanking, PayPal, etc...), cash or other crypto with real people in P2P.

    Worth mentioning : AgoraDesk Peach Bitcoin BETA

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    LocalBitcoins.com screenshot 1
  32. Bisq icon

    Instead of using Binance or Coinbase Not as user friendly though.

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    Bisq screenshot 1
  33. SideShift AI icon

    To exange your BTC, LTC or ETH (and more) to XMR.

    XMR now support BTC atomic swap and soon ETH if you are technical enough.

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    SideShift AI screenshot 1
  34. Maps

  35. Organic Maps icon

    For Android & iOS

    My favourite map app is Organic Maps, it's the best open source map app IMO.

    Worth mentioning : Magic Earth Closed source but strong privacy policy OsmAnd Nerdy UI/UX

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    Organic Maps screenshot 1
    Organic Maps screenshot 2
    Organic Maps screenshot 3
  36. Qwant Maps icon

    For your computer

    It's a webapp so you have to use it in your browser.

    Worth mentioning : FacilMap

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    Qwant Maps
  37. YouTube

  38. Piped icon

    My YouTube front-end of choice !

    Worth mentioning : Invidious No JavaScript !

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    Piped screenshot 1
  39. FreeTube icon

    For your computer

    A nice free and open source client for Desktop. Support SponsorBlock (limited feature). It's not super fast but it does the job. Edit : Sometimes it really slow and can be unusable from time to time

    Worth mentioning : Yattee For macOS only

    • YouTube Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • AppImageHub
    • Flathub
    • Flatpak
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    FreeTube screenshot 1
  40. NewPipe icon

    For Android

    A nice free and open source client for Android that let you listen to audio in the background and does have PiP mode. There is a fork with SponsorBlock !

    Worth mentioning : SongTube Better modern UI (focused on music) LibreTube Use Piped In BETA VueTube In BETA

    • YouTube Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • SoundCloud
    • YouTube Music
    • Bandcamp
    • YouTube
    • F-Droid
    • PeerTube
    • ...
    Trending,
  41. Yattee icon

    For iOS or other Apple devices.

    Use Piped

    • YouTube Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • AltStore
    • Apple TV
    • TestFlight
    • ...
    Yattee screenshot 1
  42. Odysee icon

    If you want to completely avoid YouTube. Odysee (https://alternativeto.net/software/lbry/about/ instance) is the best alternative IMO but it's not really private and it's cryptocrap bloated !

    Worth mentioning : PeerTube BitChute

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    Odysee screenshot 1
  43. The messenger

    You can see a nice comparison list here : https://www.securemessagingapps.com/

  44. Signal icon

    My daily messenger app. It's free so easy to move your friends on it and the UI/UX is really good. You can do audio and video calls. The security of Signal is gold standard. A phone number is requiere tho.

    Worth mentioning : Session Free and anonymous Threema Paid and anonymous (phone number or email adress can be optionnaly linked to your account) Wire Free Briar Free and anonymous also works offline (Limited functionalities | android & linux only)

    • Instant Messenger
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
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    Signal screenshot 1
  45. Element icon

    The official Matrix client. Nice for community talk like you can have on Discord but it's not as complete as Discord . The android Matrix client Syphon seems to be loved

    Worth mentioning: Jami Mattermost Zulip

    • Group Chat App
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Matrix.org
    • Flathub
    • F-Droid
    • Cloudron
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    Video calls for desktop and mobile
  46. The e-mails

  47. Proton Mail icon

    ProtonMail is my favourite e-mail provider. It's open source, your e-mails are encrypted and they have a free tier which is really usable ! Hosted in Switzerland.

    Worth mentioning : Tuta German & freemium Mailbox.org German & 100% renewable energy StartMail Netherland Mailfence Belgium & freemium

    • WebMail Provider
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Tor
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    Proton Mail screenshot 1
  48. SimpleLogin icon

    I never give a website my ProtonMail adress I always give them an alias generated with SimpleLogin. The free tier allow you to have 15 aliases for one e-mail adresse and the premium plan is really affordable ! You can activate and deactivate aliases any time so you don't get spams. Open source of course.

    Worth mentioning : addy.io Open source too Firefox Relay This one is too

    • Privacy Tool
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • F-Droid
    • Firefox
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    Open source solution to protect your email address.
  49. Thunderbird icon

    For you computer

    If you don't want to use a web client Thunderbird is the go to. The UI is outdated but the app doesn't spy on you !

    Worth mentioning : LucaMail in beta

    • Email Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    Thunderbird screenshot 1
  50. FairEmail icon

    For android

    I use FairEmail, nice UI, private and the free tier is quite complete. Premium is a super cheap one time paiement so it worth it.

    Worth mentioning : K-9 Mail The OG of private e-mail client on Android, now owned by Thunderbird !

    • Email Client
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
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    Compose message view.
    Setup screen.
    Messages view with dark theme.
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This list was created by Darlene Sonalder May 9, 2021 and was last updated Jan 11, 2023. The list has 51 apps.

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