Apple: 7 Private Alternatives to Apple Apps and Services

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

1: Instead of iCloud Mail, use ProtonMail

Founded by CERN scientists in 2013 and based in Switzerland, ProtonMail offers an end-to-end encrypted messaging service so that third parties cannot spy on your emails. It is open source, so that the company does not enter the service without everyone knowing it. App Store: Free


2: Use standard notes instead of Apple notes

Standard Notes provides annotations with end-to-end encryption (AES-256). It is also open source and you can lock the application with Face ID / Touch ID. A basic subscription is free and you can pay for an account with additional features. App Store: Free

Standard notes

3: Use the signal instead of iMessage, FaceTime and Phone

The 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. App Store: Free


4: Use the iCloud Drive with cryptomator

Like the others so far, Cryptomator is free, open source and offers adequate 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. App Store: $ 8.99

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5: Use Bitwarden instead of the iCloud keychain

The password manager we talk about frequently with The Mac Observer is 1Password. But lately I’ve been using Bitwarden, and the advantage over 1Password, LastPass and others is that it is free and open source. You can purchase an optional premium plan for $ 9.99 / year, with additional features. App 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 offers a private browser. It has built-in crawler blocking, forces websites to use HTTPS encryption, and provides a simplified privacy policy, if applicable. The trigger button allows you to quickly delete your tabs, data and browsing history. App Store: Free

Option for macOS: Use Firefox with this about: settings.

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DuckDuckGo privacy browser

7: use privacy instead of Apple Pay

After connecting your bank account to, it generates unlimited virtual cards for use with sellers. You can block a card at a merchant, set spending limits and even create disposable recording cards. You can even use false information when you pay. App Store: Free

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