Many of us are no longer comfortable using technology we know or suspect is exploiting our personal data.

Below are some alternatives browsers, search engines, email services, and messaging apps from companies putting user privacy and security first.

Browsers

Firefox Quantum
Brave
Tor
Epic
Aloha (for mobile)

Email

Protonmail
Countermail
Hushmail
Mailfence
Tutanota

Search Engines

DuckDuckGo
Startpage
Swisscows
Quant
Mojeek

Messaging

Signal
Wickr
Dust
Cyphr
Telegram

Here are some other fun browser extensions and to help you protect and learn more about your privacy online:

AdNauseam is a browser extension that fights against tracking by simulating clicks on each blocked ad, confusing trackers as to one’s real interests.

Trackmenot is a browser extension that helps protect web searchers from surveillance and data-profiling by search engines. The method by which it does this is pretty cool: rather than covering your tracks online, Trackmenot makes lots of fake noise to confuse and obfuscate tracking efforts.

Digi.me helps users collect their digital information—like accounts and images—and then store them in a secure online library. You can then choose to share your info with businesses, but only if you want to.

Facebook Container isolates your Facebook activity from your other web activity to prevent Facebook from tracking you outside of their platform via third party cookies.