Simple Privacy in 2022

In a world of corporate conglomerates collecting and selling our personal information, people have given up on their human right to privacy claiming, "it doesn't matter anymore, they are going to track us no matter what" or "it is almost impossible to be private in today's age". Well, I am here to prove that there is, in fact, a way to get away from big tech, and still have access to everything you need and more! This is a list of applications that are meant to replace the apps and services that you use every single day, and this list can even save you money, as a lot of these projects are created with freedom in mind and are often times free!

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candroid_manList by candroid_man, last updated 2022-06-09
  1. Web

    Everything involving web browsers, extensions, and useful websites.

  2. Brave icon

    Brave Browser is one of the simplest ways of protecting your privacy online currently. It is Chromium-based, meaning that the interface is familiar to most people, and is faster and lighter than Google Chrome. There is absolutely no reason why anyone should not be using Brave, there are no downsides whatsoever, and I suggest this browser to anyone who currently uses Chrome.

    It is recommended to go into the Brave settings and set Trackers and ad blocking and Block fingerprinting to strict or aggressive respectivley.

    Popular alternatives: Mozilla Firefox, Ungoogled Chromium, Bromite Popular Firefox forks: LibreWolf (pre-hardened Firefox), Waterfox (recently bought by the ad company System1)

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    Start Page
  3. Brave Search icon

    Brave Search is the default search engine for Brave Browser. I prefer using Brave Search over other options such as DuckDuckGo or Startpage due to the design and, in my opinion, superior search results.

    It is also important to point out the recent controversy with DuckDuckGo. They have started to remove specific search results involving "misinformation" regarding the recent events in Ukraine. This has deterred many privacy-minded individuals from DuckDuckGo, but there are other users who don't mind, and that is okay too!

    Popular alternatives: DuckDuckGo, Searx, Startpage,

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    Brave Search screenshot 1
  4. Privacy Badger icon

    Privacy Badger is a browser-add on tool that analyzes sites to detect and disallow content that tracks you in an objectionable, non-consensual manner. When paired with Brave browser or Firefox/LibreWolf, it results in very intelligent ad and tracker blocking without breaking websites.

    For more advanced users: uBlock Origin

    • Ad Blocker
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Overview of Privacy Badger extension
  5. LibRedirect icon

    While it is harder to install than most extensions, LibRedirect is worth going through the trouble for. LibRedirect is a fork of Privacy Redirect, and it automatically redirects you from certain websites to more privacy respecting alternatives. Visit LibRedirect to see which sites are affected, and know you can switch off the ones you don't like.

    For an easier installation but less redirects: Privacy Redirect

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera
    • Brave
    • Firefox
    • Flathub
    • ...
    LibRedirect screenshot 1
  6. Country Flags & IP Whois icon

    This simple browser extension allows you to easily tell which country a website is based in. This can be important for deciding what websites you would like to visit to get away from the 14 Eyes, and to verify the claims of a website saying they're hosted in a particular part of the world. This extension changes its icon automatically to the flag of what country the site you are on is based in.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera
    • Firefox
    • ...
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  7. LanguageTool icon

    LanguageTool is an open-source alternative for Grammarly. LanguageTool also has created plugins for popular word processing programs, such as LibreOffice and Microsoft Word.

    • Grammar Checker
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Microsoft Office Outlook
    • Safari
    • Visual Studio Code
    • Microsoft Word
    • Eclipse
    • TinyMCE
    • TeXstudio
    • Google Docs
    • Thunderbird
    • Vim
    • OmegaT
    • Sublime Text
    • GNU Emacs
    • Opera
    • Gmail
    • Fidus Writer
    • LyX
    • LibreOffice
    • Apache OpenOffice
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • LibreOffice - Writer
    • ONLYOFFICE
    • ...
    LanguageTool screenshot 1
  8. Privacy Guides icon

    For more information on online privacy, this is a one-stop-shop for everything involved in it. This site shows you how to cut out big tech completely and why you should.

    Another great website/community to check out: https://techlore.tech/

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    Privacy Guides Homepage
  9. Communication

    These apps are used to communicate with other users in a more private and secure way.

  10. Signal icon

    Signal is essentially iMessage, but cross-platform and end-to-end encrypted. The Signal protocol is much faster, more secure, and privacy respecting unlike MMS, RCS, and especially SMS, and is of course open-source. Signal also supports end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls!

    To use Signal, both you and the recipient need to have Signal installed. Signal's Android app also doubles as your default messaging app, allowing you to send SMS messages within the Signal app.

    For more extreme threat models: Session

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

    MySudo allows users to create alias phone numbers and email addresses that are viewed and interacted with through the app. With the best plan, you can have up to 9 phone numbers to use across the internet and to compartmentalize your life. For example, you can have a work number, a phone number for your family and friends, and one for people you just met. These numbers do not expire, they are yours once you claim them.

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  12. Proton Mail icon

    ProtonMail is an open-source email service that respects your privacy and supports encrypted emails between ProtonMail users as well as PGP. You will find the normal email features you would find anywhere, but a few features that stand out are alias email addresses and sieve filters. IMAP and SMTP are also supported on all desktop platforms.

    Popular alternatives: Tuta, CTemplar

    • WebMail Provider
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Tor
    • ...
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  13. Element icon

    Element is a client for the Matrix protocol. Matrix is an open standard for, decentralized, real-time communication that supports encryption. Decentralization is important because it means that your messages are not stored on some random server across the world, and are instead stored on the physical server of which you connect to. Element allows you to use Matrix to enter chat rooms (similarly to Discord), direct message specific users, as well as initiate voice and video calls.

    Element is a mere client for Matrix, there are many other clients to pick from if you don't like it, though Element is currently the most popular. It is important to note that no matter which client you choose, you can still communicate with anyone you wish over Matrix.

    Here is a list of all of the supported clients you can pick from: https://matrix.org/clients/

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

    Revolt is a new FOSS (Free and Open Source) alternative to Discord. The interface is almost identical, but provides better privacy and some exciting features such as user-created themes. This app is still in the very early stages of development, but is worth checking out!

    • Group Chat App
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Rust
    • Flathub
    • F-Droid
    • GitHub
    • ...
    Server view
  15. Utility

    Private alternatives to many useful apps you may use.

  16. Bitwarden icon

    In my opinion, Bitwarden is the only password manager worth using in today's world. It has all the features you would expect from any other modern password manager such as autofill, password generation, biometric unlocking, and TOTP/OTP. Bitwarden is open-source, end-to-end encrypted, and synced between unlimited devices for less than $1.00 a month ($10 a year), which is stupid cheap.

    Popular alternative: LessPass KeePass client: AuthPass

    • Password Manager
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Apple Watch
    • Snapcraft
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Vivaldi
    • Google Chrome
    • Flathub
    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • Tor Browser
    • Safari
    • F-Droid
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Flatpak
    • Cloudron
    • Opera
    • Chocolatey
    • Mono
    • Brave
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • ...
    Desktop app on macOS
  17. Privacy.com icon

    While this service is not open-source, it is still an excellent way of protecting your payment information online. This service creates virtual pre-paid cards that you can set for subscription and one-time payments. Data breaches often times release payment information such as debit card numbers, expirations, and CVVs, but with Privacy.com that information is away from the hands of the internet.

    It is important to note that there are some services that will not work with Privacy.com due to the cards being pre-paid.

    • Privacy Tool
    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    • ...
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  18. Proton Calendar icon

    Made by the creators of ProtonMail, Proton Calendar aims to be a Google Calendar alternative. Similar to ProtonMail, Proton Calendar is also open-source and end-to-end encrypted. For the average user, this is a very appealing calendar app with no ties to Google.

    Keep in mind, I never use my calendar, so mileage may vary, but it works very well for my personal needs.

    Alternative for Android users: Etar

    • Calendar App
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Tor
    • ...
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  19. Notesnook icon

    Notesnook is a newer project that tries to give the user a safe place to store your notes. While Notesnook does sync your notes across platforms, everything is done locally on the device, including encryption and the creation/editing of notes. This app is meant to be extremely user-friendly and has a beautiful interface and editor. Notesnook is in very active development, and is updated very frequently with new features.

    WARNING: Notesnook is not currently open-source, and is a freemium service. The developers are working very hard to get Notesnook open-sourced as quickly as possible, as is on their roadmap.

    Popular alternatives: Joplin, Standard Notes, Simplenote

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Flathub
    • F-Droid
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Flatpak
    • ...
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  20. Ente Photos icon

    ente is a new open-source project dedicated to replacing Google Photos. While you do have to pay for this service, it provides an entirely end-to-end encrypted cloud-based solution for all of your photos and videos, and allows users to access their media from everywhere, including from the browser. As you take/download photos or video, they are uploaded to the cloud and keeps local copies until you delete them from the device, which can be automatically done from the app.

    Online alternatives: Stingle Photos, Cryptee, Piwigo, TripUp

    • Photo Manager
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • F-Droid
    • ...
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  21. IVPN icon

    IVPN is the most transparent VPN service out there. The moment you go on their website, they explain how every VPN company is lying to you with empty promises, and they explain what a trusted VPN can achieve for the user. Both the Wireguard and OpenVPN networks are frequently audited by third parties, and includes many privacy and security features to protect the user as much as possible. Not to mention the speeds, IVPN has some of the fastest speeds you could ask for, and the apps look great. You can even host servers through it!

    Popular alternatives: Proton VPN, Mullvad Don't trust anyone with your internet data? Orbot

    Ultra VPN comparison chart: https://techlore.tech/vpn

    • VPN Service
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • F-Droid
    • Tomato
    • pfSense
    • DD-WRT
    • ...
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  22. Syncthing icon

    Syncthing is a free alternative to proprietary sync and cloud services such as Dropbox with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. None of your data is ever stored anywhere else other than on your computers. There is no central server that might be compromised due to the fact that your files are never stored anywhere else except on the devices that are paired together with Syncthing.

    This app can be used for many different things, such as syncing your photos from your desktop and mobile device to go into a specific folder on both devices.

    • File Sync Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Cloudron
    • ...
    Syncthing screenshot 1
  23. SimpleLogin icon

    Whenever you create an account for anything, you will most likely need an email address. SimpleLogin is a way of preventing your email address from being leaked online and stop spam easily by creating a unique email alias for every website. These aliases are directly tied to your real email address, and all emails that get sent to an alias are then forwarded to your inbox automatically. You can also disable and delete aliases effortlessly in case you want to stop receiving emails from a service you signed up for. When you wish to send an email using a SimpleLogin alias, you can do so directly from your main email service and SimpleLogin will do the rest!

    Something else exciting is that SimpleLogin and Proton Mail have recently started working together to better integrate aliases into Proton Mail!

    Popular alternative: addy.io

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

    Most privacy-respecting apps are only on Android, but there are plenty for iPhone as well. Keep in mind that iPhones, by default, have better privacy than Android, but Android has better privacy potential.

  25. Aurora Store icon

    Aurora Store is an unofficial, FOSS client for Google Play Store with an elegant design. Aurora Store does not rely on Google Play Services, so this can be used on de-googled phones and can help prevent Google from seeing what apps you are installing.

    • App Store
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
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  26. F-Droid icon

    The F-Droid Repository is an easily installable catalog of FOSS (free and open-source apps) for Android. F-Droid also allows you to add custom repositories of apps. You will need to install F-Droid to download some of the following applications, as they are only found on this platform.

    For an overall better experience: Neo-Store

    • App Store
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
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  27. CalyxOS icon

    CalyxOS is a custom ROM of Android that removes Google completely from Android devices that support it (currently, only Google Pixel phones are supported). This is a great option for those that take their privacy seriously. Aurora Store allows you to download apps from the Google Play Store without having Google Play Services installed, and Google Play Services is replaced with microG to make apps and notifications work correctly.

    For advanced users (sandboxed Google Play Services): GrapheneOS ROM available for more devices, but lacks in security: LineageOS

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    Encrypted communications
    Tor Browser installed
    Download apps from F-Droid and Aurora Store
  28. AltStore icon

    AltStore is a FOSS alternative to the Apple App Store for non-jailbroken iOS devices. Similarly to Aurora Store, AltStore allows you to browse and download apps you would find on the Apple App Store but in a more private way. AltStore does rely on a server that the user hosts, but they have made it a very simple process which you can find on their website.

    • App Store
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • iPhone
    • iPad
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    AltStore screenshot 1
  29. App Manager icon

    This app allows the user to remove bloatware apps from their Android device without root privileges, and shows how many trackers are included with every app installed on the device, along with anything else you can think of.

    WARNING: Removing bloatware apps may break your system if you are not careful, make sure to do a backup before trying anything!

    • Privacy Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    App Manager screenshot 1
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  30. Ruthless Launcher icon

    Ruthless is a launcher for Android based on Shade Launcher. While Ruthless is not open-source, there are no tracking elements included in this app, and is the most feature rich launcher that does, in fact, value user privacy. It would be easily comparable to the Google Pixel Launcher, but has way more features.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Android
    • ...
    Ruthless Launcher screenshot 1
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  31. NewPipe icon

    NewPipe is a FOSS YouTube client that grants the features of YouTube Premium for free, and does not rely on Google Play Services. NewPipe is similar to the recently discontinued YouTube Vanced. NewPipe does not allow you to use a Google account whatsoever, so all of your subscriptions will be saved locally on the device and will not count towards the creator's subscriber count. Playlists are also saved locally.

    iPhone alternative: Yattee Alternate platform: Odysee

    • YouTube Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • SoundCloud
    • YouTube Music
    • Bandcamp
    • YouTube
    • F-Droid
    • PeerTube
    • ...
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  32. CloudStream icon

    Android app for streaming and downloading Movies, TV series and Anime from various online sources. No account required!

    iPhone alternative: ZeniTevi

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  33. Infinity for Reddit icon

    Infinity is a beautiful, feature-rich app that offers completely free and ad-less Reddit browsing and posting. Once you log in to your Reddit account, you will be able to create posts, comment, PM users, up/down vote posts and comments as normal. Infinity for Reddit also has other features such as Lazy Mode, which scrolls between posts for you for a customizable amount of time in between posts.

    iPhone alternative: Slide for Reddit

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  34. Frost for Facebook icon

    Frost is a FOSS third-party Facebook wrapper geared towards design, functionality and privacy. Frost allows users to use every major feature of Facebook including Marketplace in a private and ad free way.

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  35. Twidere X icon

    Twidere X is a FOSS Twitter client that aims to add features to your experience, as well as maintain your privacy. With this client, you can view and post on Twitter.

    Alternate platform: Mastodon

    • Twitter Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • F-Droid
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  36. Secure File Manager icon

    This is a new FOSS file manager app for Android that allows users to create zip files and also encrypt files. This app also supports password/biometric unlocking as well.

    Popular alternatives: Amaze File Manager, Simple File Manager, Material Files

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  37. Simple Contacts icon

    A simple app for creating or managing your contacts from any source. The contacts can be stored on your device only, but also synchronized via Google, or other accounts. You can display your favorite contacts on a separate list. You can use it for managing user emails and events too. It can sort/filter by multiple parameters, optionally display surname as the first name. Contains no ads or unnecessary permissions. It is fully open source, provides customizable colors.

    Check out the full suite of Simple Tools here: https://www.simplemobiletools.com

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  38. Simple Dialer icon

    A lightweight app for handling your calls, no matter where are you. Comes with a handy call log for easy call initiation. There is a quick dial pad at your service too, with smart contact suggestions. It supports letters too. You can easily block phone numbers to avoid unwanted incoming calls. Supported Speed dialing makes calling your favorite contacts with this true phone a breeze. It comes with material design and dark theme by default, provides great user experience for easy usage. The lack of internet access gives you more privacy, security and stability than other apps. Contains no ads or unnecessary permissions. It is fully open source, provides customizable colors.

    Check out the full suite of Simple Tools here: https://www.simplemobiletools.com

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
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  39. Simple Clock icon

    The app has multiple functions related to timing. At the clock, you can enable displaying times from other timezones, or use the simple, but customizable clock widget. The clock contains all the expected features as day selecting, vibration toggling, ringtone selecting, snooze, adding custom labels, stopwatch, and timers. Additional features include preventing the device from falling asleep while the app is in the foreground, or displaying some tabs in full-screen view. Contains no ads or unnecessary permissions. It is fully open source, provides customizable colors.

    Check out the full suite of Simple Tools here: https://www.simplemobiletools.com

    • Alarm Clock
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
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  40. Simple Voice Recorder icon

    The app goes straight to the point, it contains no fancy features that you won't use. Just you and the voice recorder. It shows the current sound volume on a nice visualization that you can have a lot of fun with. Provides a really intuitive and clean user interface, not much can go wrong there. It offers a helpful player too so that you can listen to your recordings quickly, maybe rename or delete them. Contains no ads or unnecessary permissions. It is fully open source, provides customizable colors.

    Check out the full suite of Simple Tools here: https://www.simplemobiletools.com

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  41. Unstoppable Wallet icon

    Unstoppable Wallet is a cryptocurrency wallet that allows you to store most types of currency in one app. Unstoppable also gives you analytics for each coin, can connect to Tor before entering the app, and can be locked with password or biometrics.

    Popular alternative: Cake Wallet

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  42. Geometric Weather icon

    Geometric Weather is a light and powerful weather app that provides you with real-time temperature, air quality, 15-days weather forecast, and accurate time-sharing trends. Geometry Weather can provide you Beautiful Material Design Interface, Global Weather Data from many sources, Automatic Dark Mode, 15 Days And 24 Hours Overview data, Powerful Desktop Widget, Weather Notification And Forecast, Alert Information, Multiple UI Styles and Live Weather Wallpaper.

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  43. LibreTranslator icon

    FOSS alternative to Google Translate.

    • Translator
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
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    LibreTranslator screenshot 1