All My Recommendations (Updated September 2017)

by Grey One •

Here are my recommended privacy-friendly services for 2017. I’ve favored services are easy-to-use and don’t require deep technical knowledge:



  • I recommend these cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin (pseudo-anonymous), Monero (untraceable)
  • For purchasing cryptocurrencies with USD: Coinbase
  • For coin-to-coin exchange: Shapeshift (instant) or Bitfinex (full exchange)
  • I recommend this cryptocurrency hardware wallet: Trezor


  • I recommend this provider for everyday private email: FastMail
  • I recommend this provider for encrypted email: ProtonMail

Web Browsing

Cloud Services

  • The best personal private cloud service: Nextcloud
  • The best cross-platform password manager: KeePassKC with the Firefox plugin-in PassIFox

Instant Messaging

  • Telegram (for all platforms) is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s free and easy-to-use.
  • A good app for encrypting phone calls and messages: Signal (iOS)

Usenet Services

Media Players

Operating Systems

Here are some other guides to privacy software: PrivacyTools, PrismBreak and DroidBreak

Comments 5

  1. Just curious why you don’t reccomend PIA anymore? My subscription is about to expire… wondering if I need to jump ship to one of these?

    1. I still recommend Private Internet Access (PIA). It is a reliable and inexpensive provider. However, ExpressVPN and IPVanish offer a bit more of a seamless experience, in terms of support, apps and documentation.

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