Operating system

  • Apple OS X
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Microsoft Windows
  • GNU/Linux Free, open source operating system.
  • Debian Popular ethical GNU/Linux distribution.
  • Fedora Fast, stable, powerful GNU/Linux distribution.
  • Tails Live CD/USB designed for privacy.
  • Trisquel FSF endorsed, user-friendly GNU/Linux distribution. newbie's choice
  • *BSD FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, PC-BSD.

Web browser

  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer

Web browser plugins

  • Google Search
  • Microsoft Bing
  • Yahoo! Search
  • DuckDuckGo Anonymous, unlogged web searches. partly proprietary* usa-hosted
  • Seeks Project Open decentralized platform for collaborative search.
  • Startpage Private, unlogged web searches. newbie's choice proprietary*
  • YaCy Decentralized web search.

DNS provider

  • Google Public DNS


  • Freenet Decentralized censorship-resistant network.
  • I2P The invisible internet project.
  • Nightweb Anonymous I2P network for Android.
  • Syndie Distributed, anonymous forum software.

Online transactions

  • PayPal
  • Google Wallet

Email services

  • Google Gmail
  • Microsoft
  • Yahoo! Mail
  • Bitmessage Encrypted, decentralized email server. beta
  • RiseUp Secure and private email accounts. newbie's choice invite-only

Email desktop clients

  • Apple Mail
  • Microsoft Office Outlook
  • Novell Groupwise
  • Claws Mail Lightweight email application with GPG support.
  • Evolution Free email and calendar application with GPG support.
  • Icedove Free version of Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • KMail KDE email client with GPG support.
  • Mozilla Thunderbird Open source email application. newbie's choice recommends non-free addons*

Email encryption


  • Apple Maps
  • Google Maps

Cloud storage

  • Apple iCloud
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft SkyDrive

Social networking

  • Google+
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • buddycloud Open source, federated social network. xmpp/jabber
  • Diaspora* Community-run, distributed social network. newbie's choice
  • Friendica Privacy respecting, distributed, federated social network.
  • GNU Social Self-hosted, decentralized social network.
  • Lorea Distributed and federated social nodes.
  • Movim Private, decentralized social network server. xmpp/jabber
  • Self-hosted social stream server.
  • Salut à Toi Multi-frontend, multipurpose communication tool. xmpp/jabber
  • Tent Free, autonomous social network protocol.

Instant messaging

  • AOL Instant Messenger
  • Google Talk
  • OS X Messages
  • Yahoo! Messenger

Video conferencing/VoIP

  • FaceTime
  • Google+ Hangouts
  • Google Talk
  • Skype
  • Jitsi Encrypted text and video chat. xmpp/jabber sip
  • Linphone Encrypted voice and video client. sip
  • Mumble Encrypted, low-latency voice chat. newbie's choice

Media publishing

  • Flickr
  • Instagram
  • Picasa
  • Tumblr
  • YouTube

Document collaboration

  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft Office Web Apps
  • Zoho Office Suite
  • Ethercalc Multi-user spreadsheet server.
  • Etherpad Open source, real-time collaborative documents. newbie's choice

Web analytics

  • Google Analytics
  • Piwik Open source, self-hosted web analytics.


  • Google Android
  • CyanogenMod Aftermarket firmware for Android devices. newbie's choice mostly free*
  • Replicant Fully free Android distribution.

Android App Store

  • Google Play
  • F-Droid Free and open source apps for Android.

Android Apps

  • Google Chrome
  • WhatsApp Messenger
  • CSIPSimple Free, encrypted VoIP for Android.
  • Gibberbot Private, secure OTR messaging for Android.
  • Orbot Tor proxy for Android.
  • RedPhone Secure private calls for Android. mostly free*
  • Surespot Free, open-source, end-to-end encrypted messaging.
  • TextSecure Secure SMS/MMS communication for Android. mostly free*
  • Xabber OTR-encrypted instant messaging for Android. xmpp/jabber newbie's choice


  • Apple iOS

iOS Apps

  • Apple iOS Messages
  • Apple Mobile Safari
  • WhatsApp Messenger

*This website uses the Free Software Foundation’s definition of free software.

“Free software” means software that respects users’ freedom and community. Roughly, the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. With these freedoms, the users (both individually and collectively) control the program and what it does for them. (more …)

The Free Software Foundation

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