7 Private Alternatives to Apple Apps and Services

I’ve listed seven Apple alternatives to use if you don’t want the company to pass your data on to law enforcement.

1: Instead of iCloud Mail, use ProtonMail

Founded by CERN scientists in 2013 and located in Switzerland, ProtonMail offers you an end-to-end encrypted messaging service so that third parties cannot spy on your emails. It is open source, so the company cannot sneak into the service without everyone knowing it. Application store: Free


2: Instead of Apple notes, use standard notes

Standard Notes gives you notes with end-to-end encryption (AES-256). It is also open source and you can lock the app with Face ID / Touch ID. A basic plan is free and you can pay for an account with additional features. Application store: Free

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Standard Notes

3: Instead of iMessage, FaceTime and Phone, use Signal

Signal allows you to send secure messages with end-to-end encryption, as well as private voice and video calls. It is open source and free, without ads, trackers, etc. Application store: Free

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4: Use iCloud Drive with Cryptomator

Like the others so far, Cryptomator is free, open source, and provides you with appropriate end-to-end encryption. It stores your files in its own encrypted space in the cloud, so you can use iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive and know that your files are always safe, secure, and private. Application store: US $ 8.99

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5: Instead of the iCloud keychain, use Bitwarden

The password manager we often talk about at The Mac Observer is 1Password. But lately I have been using Bitwarden, and its advantage over 1Password, LastPass and others is that it is free and open source. You can purchase an optional premium plan for US $ 9.99 / year with additional features. Application store: Free

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6: Instead of Safari, use the DuckDuckGo privacy browser

DuckDuckGo is not only a private search engine, it also provides a private browser. It has integrated tracker blocking, forces websites to use HTTPS encryption and offers you simplified privacy policies for websites, if applicable. With the Fire button, you can quickly get rid of your tabs, data and browsing history. Application store: Free

Option for macOS: Use Firefox with these about: configuration settings.

Alternatives to Apple

DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser

7: Instead of Apple Pay, use privacy

Once you have connected your bank account to Privacy.com, it generates unlimited virtual cards for use with merchants. You can lock a card on a single merchant, set spending limits for cards, and even create single-use burner cards. You can even use false information when you pay. Application store: Free

Alternatives to Apple

Privacy app

Further reading

[Here’s the Data Apple Can Give to Law Enforcement]

[iPhone Privacy for the Paranoid: What You Can Do]

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