I don’t have anything to hide, but I don’t have anything to show you either.unknown
In my free time, I like to keep an eye on the world of online privacy. The social dilemma describes my reasoning quite well. I’ve been migrating towards privacy-centric apps, and I’m happy with what I’ve found. I’m sharing the following list so you can see how easy it is to switch these days.
- I have a strong preference for open-source software (OSS). I prefer to see the code than to trust someone’s word.
- I prefer apps that have good support for Windows, Apple OSes and Linux.
- I prefer a service that clearly specifies how data is encrypted.
- Data migration is a big thing, so I’m going to grade it from 1 (horrible) to 5 (excellent).
|Popular app||Privacy-centric alternative||Comments|
|Goodreads (Amazon)||BookWyrm (federated, OSS) or OpenLibrary (OSS)||Migration score: 3 (not all books from GoodReads existed, I had to add them manually)|
|Lastpass||Bitwarden (OSS)||Migration score: 5|
|Evernote||Joplin (OSS)||Migration score: 5|
|LinkedIn (Microsoft)||nothing||I keep an updated version of my resume on Google Drive|
|Whatsapp (Facebook/Meta), Telegram, etc.||Signal (OSS)||Quite a lot of people are on Signal these days|
|Mastodon (federated, OSS)||You can find me here|
|Microsoft Office||OnlyOffice (OSS)|
In the end, this migration was just too painful and I was missing features, so I went back to Apple Photos
|Google Drive||Synology Drive (closed source)||Migration score: 5|
Still no reasonable alternative
- Imdb (Amazon) -> Still looking for a replacement.
What do you use?
Do you have some better alternatives that you use? I’d enjoy hearing from you. My transition to privacy-centric required a decent amount of research and trying out options. I want to skip that, if possible.