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Starting & Disclaimer

I saw too many lists on the internet recommending open-source, trustworthy, free, premium, fantastic, and poor software. But I am confused between all of these software or list. And I stuck at the point where I realize there are lots and lots of software recommendations and ads for services/applications. So I decided to create a list that contains all the helpful stuff, trustworthy and open source. Some of them I already use/try for myself to increase my privacy and security. You can find reviews for each of these software/services on the internet. Finally, you will find all the Resources in the Tunnel 0 folder of the bookmarks given in the Firefox Configuration. You continuously get an updated list because I update bookmarks first and then add polished open-source and trustworthy software to this list from the bookmarks.

Contents

Antivirus

Firewall

Simplewall

Simple tool to configure Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) which can configure network activity on your computer. The lightweight application is less than a megabyte, and it is compatible with Windows Vista and higher operating systems.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows

Gufw

One of the easiest firewalls in the world!

Free, Open Source

Use on: Linux

NetGuard

NetGuard provides simple and advanced ways to block access to the internet - no root required. Applications and addresses can individually be allowed or denied access to your Wi-Fi and/or mobile connection.

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: Android

DNS

dnscrypt-proxy

A flexible DNS proxy, with support for modern encrypted DNS protocols such as DNSCrypt v2, DNS-over-HTTPS and Anonymized DNSCrypt. dnscrypt-proxy configuration by Project Mariana.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

Orbot

Proxy with Tor. Enhance your privacy and break through firewalls.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Android

Browser

Mozilla Firefox

Get the browser that protects what’s important. No shady privacy policies or back doors for advertisers. Just a lightning fast browser that doesn’t sell you out. Firefox Configuration by Project Mariana.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

Firefox Focus

Take private browsing to the next level. Firefox Focus gives you a dedicated privacy browser with tracking protection and content blocking.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Android, iPhone

TOR Browser

Browse Privately. Explore Freely. Defend yourself against tracking and surveillance. Circumvent censorship.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac, Android

Bromite

Bromite is a Chromium fork with ad blocking and enhanced privacy; take back your browser.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Android

SnowHaze

SnowHaze is self-financed and independent. Privacy is freedom.

Free, Open Source

Use on: iPhone

Search Engines

Searx

Searx is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services. Users are neither tracked nor profiled. Additionally, searx can be used over Tor for online anonymity.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Everywhere

DuckDuckGo

Privacy, simplified.

Free, Proprietary

Use on: Everywhere

Startpage

Don't be tracked online. Protect your personal data.

Free, Proprietary

Use on: Everywhere

Qwant

The search engine that respects your privacy

Free, Proprietary

Use on: Everywhere

Email Services

Protonmail

Secure Email Based in Switzerland

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: Everywhere

Tutanota

Secure email for everybody.

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: Everywhere

Disroot

Disroot is a platform providing online services based on principles of freedom, privacy, federation and decentralization.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Everywhere

Posteo

We are an independent email service based in Berlin and are highly concerned with sustainability, security, privacy and usability.

Paid, Open Source

Use on: Everywhere

Encryption

VeraCrypt

VeraCrypt is a free open source disk encryption software. VeraCrypt adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force attacks. VeraCrypt also solves many vulnerabilities and security issues found in TrueCrypt.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

Cryptomator

Put a lock on your cloud. With Cryptomator, the key to your data is in your hands. Cryptomator encrypts your data quickly and easily. Afterwards you upload them protected to your favorite cloud service.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iPhone

GnuPG

GnuPG is a complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880 (also known as PGP). GnuPG allows you to encrypt and sign your data and communications; it features a versatile key management system, along with access modules for all kinds of public key directories. GnuPG, also known as GPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications. A wealth of frontend applications and libraries are available. GnuPG also provides support for S/MIME and Secure Shell (ssh).

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

Kryptor

Kryptor is free and open source file encryption software for Windows, Linux, and macOS. It is a portable, cross-platform command line tool that makes use of modern and secure cryptographic algorithms. It aims to be a mixture of age and Minisign in order to provide a simple, user friendly alternative to GPG.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

Password Manager

KeeWeb

Free cross-platform password manager compatible with KeePass. This webapp is a browser and desktop password manager compatible with KeePass databases. It doesn't require any server or additional resources. The app can run either in browser, or as a desktop app.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

KeePassXC

KeePassXC - Cross-Platform Password Manager. Never forget a password again. Securely store passwords using industry standard encryption, quickly auto-type them into desktop applications, and use our browser extension to log into websites.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

KeePass

KeePass, the free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager. Today, you have to remember many passwords. You need a password for a lot of websites, your e-mail account, your webserver, network logins, etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use a different password for each account, because if you would use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password, you would have a problem: the thief would have access to all of your accounts. KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can store all your passwords in one database, which is locked with a master key. So you only have to remember one single master key to unlock the whole database.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows

KeePassDX

Open source Password Manager for Android. KeePassDX is a multi-format KeePass manager for Android devices. The app allows creating keys and passwords in a secure way by integrating with the Android design standards.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Android

KeePassium

KeePassium Password Manager. Secure your passwords, protect your privacy. KeePassium combines the security of KeePass with a clean intuitive design. Protect yourself using strong passwords — without remembering or typing them.

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: iPhone

Communication

Onionshare

OnionShare is an open source tool that lets you securely and anonymously share files, host websites, and chat with friends using the Tor network.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

TOX

A New Kind of Instant Messaging. Whether it's corporations or governments, digital surveillance today is widespread. Tox is easy-to-use software that connects you with friends and family without anyone else listening in. While other big-name services require you to pay for features, Tox is completely free and comes without advertising — forever.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac, Android

Jami

Share, freely and privately. Jami is completely peer-to-peer and doesn't require a server for relaying data between users. Jami is a GNU project backed by the Free Software Foundation and distributed under a GPLv3 license. We use state of the art end-to-end encryption with perfect forward secrecy for all communications and comply with the X.509 standard.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iPhone

Element

Own your conversations. All-in-one secure chat app for teams, friends and organisations. Keeps conversations in your control, safe from data-mining and ads. Talk to everyone through the open global Matrix network, protected by proper end-to-end encryption.

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: Web, Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iPhone

Briar

Secure messaging, anywhere. Briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. Unlike traditional messaging apps, Briar doesn't rely on a central server - messages are synchronized directly between the users' devices. If the internet's down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, keeping the information flowing in a crisis. If the internet's up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Android

Session

Session is an end-to-end encrypted messenger that minimises sensitive metadata, designed and built for people who want absolute privacy and freedom from any form of surveillance.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iPhone

Signal

Speak Freely Say "hello" to a different messaging experience. An unexpected focus on privacy, combined with all of the features you expect.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Android, iPhone

Productivity

Joplin

Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format. Notes exported from Evernote via .enex files can be imported into Joplin, including the formatted content (which is converted to Markdown), resources (images, attachments, etc.) and complete metadata (geolocation, updated time, created time, etc.). Plain Markdown files can also be imported. The notes can be synchronised with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV or the file system (for example with a network directory).

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iPhone

FreeTube

FreeTube is a YouTube client for Windows, Mac, and Linux built around using YouTube more privately. You can enjoy your favorite content and creators without your habits being tracked. All of your user data is stored locally and never sent or published to the internet. FreeTube grabs data by scraping the information it needs (with either local methods or by optionally utilizing the Invidious API). With many features similar to YouTube, FreeTube has become one of the best methods to watch YouTube privately on desktop.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

NewPipe

The lightweight YouTube experience for Android. NewPipe has been created with the purpose of getting the original YouTube experience on your smartphone without annoying ads and questionable permissions. NewPipe does not use any Google framework libraries, or the YouTube API. It only parses the website in order to gain the information it needs. Therefore this app can be used on devices without Google Services installed. Also, you don't need a YouTube account to use NewPipe, and it's FLOSS.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Android

VSCodium

VSCodium is a community-driven, freely-licensed binary distribution of Microsoft’s editor VSCode. Microsoft’s vscode source code is open source (MIT-licensed), but the product available for download (Visual Studio Code) is licensed under this not-FLOSS license and contains telemetry/tracking. According to this comment from a Visual Studio Code maintainer

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

TrebleShot

An open-source app that allows you to transfer files one to one securely or using a browser, all without the internet.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Android

Office

OnlyOffice

Your personal online office.

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: Web, Windows, Linux, Mac

LibreOffice

Do more - easier, quicker, smarter. LibreOffice is a free and powerful office suite, and a successor to OpenOffice.org (commonly known as OpenOffice). Its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice is community-driven and developed software, and is a project of the not-for-profit organization, The Document Foundation.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

Apache OpenOffice

The Free and Open Productivity Suite. Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

Utilities

ExifCleaner

Attackers use GPS and device metadata to profile their victims. It also increases image file size. Sweep it away, with ExifCleaner.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

balenaEtcher

Flash OS images to SD cards & USB drives, safely and easily.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Everywhere

Cmder

Cmder is a software package created out of pure frustration over the absence of nice console emulators on Windows. It is based on amazing software, and spiced up with the Monokai color scheme and a custom prompt layout, looking sexy from the start.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows

youtube-dl-gui

A cross platform front-end GUI of the popular youtube-dl written in wxPython to download YouTube videos.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

Flameshot

Powerful yet simple to use screenshot software.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

BleachBit

Clean Your System and Free Disk Space. When your computer is getting full, BleachBit quickly frees disk space. When your information is only your business, BleachBit guards your privacy. With BleachBit you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.

Free, Open Source

Use on: Windows, Linux, Mac

Cloud Storage

ownCloud

ownCloud, your file cloud. The most essential business tool since email: Store. Share. Work. Fully control where your data is stored at all times. ownCloud installation by Project Mariana.

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: Web

Cryptpad

Collaboration suite. end-to-end encrypted and open-source. CryptPad is built to enable collaboration while keeping data private. All content is encrypted and decrypted by your browser. This means documents, chats, and files are unreadable outside of the session where you are logged in. Even the service administrators do not have access to your information.

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: Web

Cryptee

cryptee is a private & encrypted place to write personal documents, notes or journals, and store your photos & other files. we can't read your documents or see your photos, and no one else can either. made in europe, for your privacy & peace of mind.

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: Web

Blackhole

Share any file. Fast and private. Move your files around the web with high-performance file transfer service that secured with blockchain technology. No storage limit. No link expiration. Download without registration.

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: Web

Cozy

A smart personal cloud to gather all your data. Cozy Cloud offers everyone a smart digital home, Cozy that combines comfort and security for more services. With Cozy, change the rules and become the only one that control your data.

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: Web, Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iPhone

Nextcloud

Regain control. The self-hosted productivity platform that keeps you in control.

Freemium, Open Source

Use on: Web, Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iPhone

Mega

Secure Cloud Storage and Communication. Privacy by Design.

Freemium, Proprietary

Use on: Web, Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iPhone

Game Stores

Legendary

Legendary - A free and open-source replacement for the Epic Games Launcher. Legendary is an open-source game launcher that can download and install games from the Epic Games platform on Linux and Windows. Its name as a tongue-in-cheek play on tiers of item rarity in many MMORPGs. Right now Legendary is in beta and not feature-complete. You might run into some bugs or issues.

Use on: Windows, Linux

itch.io

itch.io is a simple way to find and share indie games online for free.

Free, Proprietary

Use on: Everywhere

GOG

We care about games. GOG.com is a digital distribution platform with a curated selection of games, a "you buy it, you own it" philosophy, and utmost care about customers.

Freemium, Proprietary

Use on: Everywhere

Humble Bundle

The Humble Store is a digital storefront of games, featuring thousands of titles from developers and publishers both large and small. You can choose to give a portion of your purchase to charity, or you can choose to keep the change to apply towards future purchases.

Paid, Proprietary

Use on: Everywhere

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  2. WhatsApp
  3. TikTok
  4. Snapchat
  5. Instagram
  6. Zoom
  7. PayPal
  8. Apple
  9. Microsoft
  10. Google
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