iOS

Warning: Apple iOS devices are affected by PRISM. Even using the software tools we recommend here, your privacy may be compromised by iOS itself. The operating system of any device can unfortunately lever out any privacy protection that a program tries to offer you. The latter has to run in the confines of the OS after all. We strongly recommend replacing your iOS device with an Android-compatible device running Replicant.

DNS
Avoid
Google Public DNS
OpenDNS
Email
Notes

For more email providers, take a look at Privacy-Conscious Email Services. Please decide for yourself whether if you trust them with your data. For more discussion about safe email providers, please see issue #461.

MyKolab is hosted in Switzerland and benefits from the strong Swiss privacy laws. It is run exclusively with free software and using the service supports the development of Kolab. Also, it lets you export all your data at any time.

Riseup’s services may also be accessed via their Tor Hidden Service addresses. A list is available here.

Why not Hushmail? See 'compromises to email privacy'.

If you have the technical aptitude, consider running your own mail server.

Avoid
Gmail
Microsoft Outlook
Yahoo Mail
Yandex.Mail
Enterprise Suite
Notes
The enterprise suite category is for solutions for organizations that cover more than 10 categories in an integrated fashion (ex.: logins work throughout all apps, etc.)
Avoid
G Suite
Office 365
Zoho Office Suite
File Storage & Sync
Notes

This section has been carefully curated to only include software that encrypts data on the client. That means your data should be secure even if servers it's stored on are compromised.

Avoid
Dropbox
Google Drive
iCloud
Microsoft OneDrive
Yandex.Disk
Instant Messaging
Avoid
Discord
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
ICQ
LINE
Skype
Snapchat
Tencent QQ
Trillian
Viber Messenger
WeChat
Mesh Networks
Notes

A mesh network is a decentralized peer-to-peer network, with user-controlled physical links that are usually wireless.

“Mesh networking (topology) is a type of networking where each node must not only capture and disseminate its own data, but also serve as a relay for other nodes, that is, it must collaborate to propagate the data in the network.”

Avoid
Productivity
Notes

Riseup also offers email, XMPP, chat and data hosting (via Up1) services, all of which are accessible through Tor Hidden Service addresses. The list of these addresses is available here.

Avoid
Doodle
Evernote
Google Docs
Microsoft Outlook
Zoho Docs
Social Networks
Notes

If you have system administration knowledge, please strongly consider running an instance of pump.io (or something else) for your friends, family, or favorite community. Many of them would be willing and grateful to escape Facebook if you provide them a way out.

For those of you without your own server, RetroShare is the easiest way to start your own encrypted social network.

Avoid
Facebook
LinkedIn
Snapchat
Twitter
Web Browsers
Notes

Try to use Tor Browser for all of your web surfing. It will offer you far better anonymity than any other browser. Make sure to learn the basics of Tor before using it. If the site you want to visit will not work in Tor Browser, try Firefox intead, but realize these browsers do not anonymize your ip by default.

Tor Browser notes: Using Tor Browser to sign into websites that contain your real ID is counterproductive, and may trip the site's fraud protection. Make sure to check for HTTPS before signing in to a website through Tor. Signing into HTTP websites can result in your ID being captured by a Tor exit node.

Firefox notes: This browser uses Google search by default: replace it with a more private alternative.

Why are Chromium, SRWare Iron, et al. not recommended on PRISM Break? More info here.

Warning for mobile devices & Tor: Websites using HTML5 <video> tags will leak <video>-related DNS queries and data transfer outside of Tor.

Avoid
Google Chrome
Opera
Safari
Yandex.Browser
Web Search
Notes

DuckDuckGo is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) hosted around the world that provides you with anonymous search results from these sources. DDG open source components are available here.

There is also a DuckDuckGo hidden service at 3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion for Tor users.

MetaGer is a SaaS by the German non-profit SUMA e.V. that provides you with anonymous meta search results.

Startpage is a SaaS hosted in the USA and the Netherlands that provides you with anonymous Google search and image results through a free proxy.

Avoid
Google Search
Microsoft Bing
Yahoo Search
Yandex
World Maps
Notes

“If you spend time contributing to OpenStreetMap you are helping a good cause, and building a geographic database of the world which is free and open for all and forever.”

Avoid
Apple Maps
Bing Maps
Google Earth
Google Maps