Digital tools: apps, programs, etc.
This is a list of things I use and recommend. Listed features are the ones I love, but aren’t all of them.
- F-droid: Android app store with only apps transparent on privacy. Android apps on this page are found here.
- NewPipe: Android YouTube app
- Carnet: notes
- Tutanota: encrypted email/calendar
- Feeder: RSS reader, Android
- Fediverse: social network
Encrypted instant messaging with voice and video call
Matrix* can connect to other apps like WhatsApp, Discord, Facebook, and Hangouts, XMPP and more. This means you can use Matrix while still keeping in touch with people using those other apps!
*I don’t use Matrix, but it’s known to be easier for non-techy people and supports more devices than XMPP.
(For advanced users: if you want to self host, Matrix is known to consume heavy amounts of resources whereas XMPP is known to be light.)
Encrypted instant messaging (XMPP)
XMPP currently has poor Apple (iOS) support. Check out Matrix as an alternative if you use Apple.
- Conversations: Android (also has voice/video call, voice messages)
- Dino: BSD, linux
- XMPP server list: I suggest dismail.de
- Gajim: Honorable mention. BSD, linux, macOS, Windows
*I actually use KeePassDroid for android, but it’s so ugly most people don’t like it. I prefer it because it uses notifications to copy usernames and passwords, which is more convenient for me.
Portals for popular websites that normally track you
Includes RSS subscription to your favorite channels/users:
- Windows 10 Ameliorated: Windows without Cortana, forced updates, spyware, or bloat apps.
- FreeBSD: Desktop PC. (In my opinion, BSD gives a cleaner feel than GNU/Linux).
- GrapheneOS: Android without Google spyware or bloat apps.
- CalyxOS:* Android
- LineageOS* Android
*GrapheneOS is the most de-Googled (secure and private) Android, but requires a Pixel phone. If you have a different phone, try these other Android operating systems. I have no experience with them, but they also attempt to be more secure/private than regular Android (which has a lot of Google spyware/bloat):
- switching.software: alternatives to popular apps geared for non-techy people.
- PRISM Break: alternatives to popular apps for advanced users. The most cautiously-researched list.
- Chris Were’s recommended apps and websites: useful list of tools I often visit. Good for non-techy people, too.
- r/Privacy wiki: extensive privacy guides, resources, and tools.
- Secure Web Browsers
- Compute Freely: introductions to GNU/Linux distributions and their difficulty level.
- user.js: configuration file to make Firefox browser more secure.
- Games on BSD
- Anonymous phone verification: keep from giving out your real phone number for phone verifications.
- Cutting Google out of your life
- r/Privacy wiki: extensive privacy education page: the whys, hows, etc.
- Why Your Individual Privacy Matters for the Wider Population
- Why you shouldn’t trust Discord
- What’s bad about [insert popular app]:
Please do research when consulting PrivacyTools.io and before using ProtonMail/VPN or Brave browser. There have been concerns regarding these tools that may or may not be of your concern.