Apps Recommended on Privacy Guides

Privacy Guides is a socially motivated website that provides information for protecting your data security and privacy. Their mission is to inform the public about the value of digital privacy, and global government initiatives which aim to monitor your online activity. We are a non-profit collective operated entirely by volunteer team members and contributors. The website is free of advertisements and not affiliated with any of the listed providers.

This list includes many of the apps recommended on the website.

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Jonah AragonList by Jonah Aragon, last updated 2023-04-04
  1. Privacy Guides icon

    Privacy Guides is the source of information on this list, updated as of March 27, 2023. It also has lots of useful resources on privacy and how to protect your personal information online, so be sure to check it out directly!

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    Privacy Guides Homepage
  2. Web Browsers

  3. Tor Browser icon

    The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning...

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • OpenBSD
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    Tor Browser screenshot 1
  4. Mullvad Browser icon

    The Mullvad Browser is a privacy-focused web browser developed in a collaboration between Mullvad VPN and the Tor Project. It’s designed to minimize tracking and fingerprinting. You could say it’s a Tor Browser to use without the Tor Network.

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    Mullvad Browser screenshot 1
  5. Mozilla Firefox icon

    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.

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

    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.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    Start Page
  7. Android Operating Systems

  8. GrapheneOS icon

    GrapheneOS is a privacy and security focused mobile OS with Android app compatibility developed as a non-profit open source project. It's focused on the research and development of privacy and security technology including substantial improvements to sandboxing, exploit...

    • Mobile OS
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
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    GrapheneOS screenshot 1
  9. DivestOS icon

    A mobile operating system divested from the norm.

    • Mobile OS
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
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    DivestOS screenshot 1
  10. Desktop Operating Systems

  11. Qubes OS icon

    Qubes is an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing.

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    Qubes OS screenshot 1
  12. Fedora icon

    Fedora creates an innovative, free, and open source platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users.

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    Fedora 38
  13. openSUSE icon

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.

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    GNOME desktop in openSUSE Leap 15.2.
  14. Arch Linux icon

    Arch Linux is an independently developed, x86_64 optimized GNU/Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking.

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    arch with KDE 4.4 desktop
  15. NixOS icon

    NixOS is a GNU/Linux distribution that aims to improve the state of the art in system configuration management. In existing distributions, actions such as upgrades are dangerous: upgrading a package can cause other packages to break, upgrading an entire system is much less...

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    NixOS screenshot 1
  16. Whonix icon

    Whonix is a desktop operating system designed for advanced security and privacy. Whonix mitigates the threat of common attack vectors while maintaining usability. Online anonymity is realized via fail-safe, automatic, and desktop-wide use of the Tor network.

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    Whonix Desktop Environment
  17. Tails icon

    The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian 9 based live CD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The product ships with several Internet applications, including web browser, IRC client, mail client...

    • Operating System
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Electrum
    • Tor Browser
    • GNOME
    • Tor
    • VeraCrypt
    • Thunderbird
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    Tails screenshot 1
  18. Router Firmware

  19. OpenWrt icon

    OpenWrt Project is a Linux operating system targeting embedded devices. Instead of trying to create a single, static firmware, OpenWrt provides a fully writable filesystem with package management. This frees you from the application selection and configuration provided by the...

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    OpenWrt screenshot 1
  20. OPNsense icon

    OPNsense includes most of the features available in expensive commercial firewalls, and more in many cases. It brings the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources.

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    Login
  21. Cloud Storage

  22. Proton Drive icon

    Proton Drive is an end-to-end encrypted Swiss vault for your files, ensuring that nobody except those authorized by you can access your data.

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    Proton Drive screenshot 1
  23. Tresorit icon

    Tresorit is an end-to-end encrypted file synchronization and sharing solution for desktop and mobile platforms. It secures confidential data and doesn't have access to user's files for maximum confidentiality.

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    Access encrypted documents from any device and stay in sync with your team.
  24. Email Services

  25. Proton Mail icon

    Secure email with absolutely no compromises, brought to you by MIT and CERN scientists.

    • WebMail Provider
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Tor
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    Proton Mail screenshot 1
  26. Mailbox.org icon

    Mailbox.org offers a secure e-mail account for home and business use. The domain name, me@mailbox.org, is easy to remember and can be understood anywhere in the world. They have been operating e-mail accounts for more than 20 years and are a highly reliable service provider.

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    Dashboard online office. Powered by Open-Xchange
  27. StartMail icon

    Take back your email privacy today with StartMail, encrypted email made easy. Secure email service protected by Dutch privacy laws to keep your data safe.

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    StartMail screenshot 1
  28. Tuta icon

    Tuta is the world's most secure email service, easy to use and private by design. You get fully encrypted calendars and contacts with all our personal and business email accounts. It has open source iOS and an Android apps.

    • Calendar App
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Flathub
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Mail View
  29. Financial Services

  30. Privacy.com icon

    Make a unique debit card number for every single purchase online with just 1 click. Never worry again about credit card breaches, shady merchants, or sneaky subscription billing.

    • Privacy Tool
    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
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    Privacy.com screenshot 1
  31. MySudo icon

    MySudo allows you to create and manage multiple Sudos, each with a phone number and email address, to use for signups, downloads, or anytime you need a private phone number and/or email address.

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  32. CakePay icon

    Cake Pay makes it easy to buy gift cards and related products with virtual assets for use at millions of merchants worldwide!

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
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    CakePay screenshot 1
  33. Coincards icon

    Bridging The Gap Between Retail And Crypto Consumers.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
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  34. Search Engines

  35. Brave Search icon

    Brave Search is built on top of a completely independent index, and doesn’t track users, their searches, or their clicks.

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    Brave Search screenshot 1
  36. DuckDuckGo icon

    DuckDuckGo is an alternative search engine that has rich features, respects your privacy, and is built from free/open-source software.

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

    SearXNG is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from various search services and databases. Users are neither tracked nor profiled.

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    SearXNG screenshot 1
  38. Startpage icon

    The world's most private search engine.

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    Dark theme
  39. VPN Services

  40. IVPN icon

    IVPN offers a secure VPN service to privacy minded individuals including multi-hop technology and fast bandwidth. Protect your privacy now!

    • VPN Service
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • F-Droid
    • Tomato
    • pfSense
    • DD-WRT
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    IVPN screenshot 1
    IVPN screenshot 2
    IVPN screenshot 3
  41. Mullvad icon

    Mullvad is a VPN service that helps keep your online activity, identity, and location private.

    • VPN Service
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • F-Droid
    • WireGuard
    • Qubes OS
    • Tor
    • OpenWrt
    • Tomato
    • IPFire
    • pfSense
    • OpenVPN
    • DD-WRT
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    Mullvad screenshot 1
  42. Proton VPN icon

    High-speed Swiss VPN that safeguards your privacy.

    • VPN Service
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • F-Droid
    • Android TV
    • Fire TV
    • Firefox
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    Proton VPN screenshot 1
  43. Calendar Sync

  44. Proton Calendar icon

    Your calendar is a record of your life. Proton Calendar helps keep it private.

    • Calendar App
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Tor
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    Proton Calendar screenshot 1
  45. Cryptocurrency

  46. Monero icon

    Monero is a digital currency that is secure, private, and untraceable. It is open-source and freely available to all. With Monero, you are your own bank. Only you control and are responsible for your funds, and your accounts and transactions are kept private from prying eyes.

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    Monero screenshot 1
  47. Data Redaction

  48. mat2 icon

    mat2 is a metadata removal tool, supporting a wide range of commonly used file formats, written in python3: at its core, it's a library, used by an eponymous command-line interface, as well as several file manager extensions.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Python
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  49. Exif Eraser icon

    ExifEraser is a modern, permissionless image metadata erasing application for Android 6.0+.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
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    Exif Eraser screenshot 1
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  50. Metapho icon

    Check and Edit EXIF Metadata.

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • iPhone
    • iPad
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    Metapho screenshot 1
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This list was created by Jonah Aragon Mar 27, 2023 and was last updated Apr 4, 2023. The list has 107 apps.

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