Operating System

If you have a choice in your OS, we strongly recommended ditching MacOS or Windows and moving to a Linux driven system. Yet, even with Linux you have choices to make.

Below are our favorite Linux distributions but you have way more choices. Not sure where to start? Check out Try Linux and see what other options are out there for you. Just keep in mind, not all of the options on Try Linux respect your privacy the same.

Use Instead Of: Windows, MacOS.

Desktop OS


Fedora Workstation is a reliable, user-friendly, and powerful operating system for your laptop or desktop computer. It supports a wide range of developers, from hobbyists and students to professionals in corporate environments. Companies all over the world trust Red Hat Inc. because of their transparency throughout the whole development process.



Debian is a Unix-like computer operating system and a Linux distribution that is composed entirely of free and open-source software, most of which is under the GNU General Public License, and packaged by a group of individuals known as the Debian project.


Qubes OS  

Qubes is an open-source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing. Qubes is based on Xen, the X Window System, and Linux, and can run most Linux applications and utilize most of the Linux drivers.


Live OS


Tails is a portable OS that you leave installed on a thumbdrive and use when you have access to a computer. This is a pretty secure option and it uses Tor as a default connection to the web, but is not realistic for most users. It is the most secure of the bunch, and is a great option for those who need the utmost security.


If you don’t have a choice and are using Mac, you can follow this privacy guide to making MacOS as secure as you can.

Mobile OS

If you're going to stick with a mainstream OS, we recommend using Apple's iOS over Android. If you are going to use Android, and are comfortable installing your own OS on your device, we recommend using one of the alternative OSes below.


GrapheneOS is a free and open-source security and privacy focused mobile operating system built on top of the Android Open Source Project, only supporting devices offering strong hardware security.



A free and open-source operating system for smartphones and tablet computers, based on the Android mobile platform.


Ubuntu Touch  

Ubuntu Touch is a free and open-source operating system for smartphones and tablets. It's an alternative to the current popular mobile operating systems on the market.


If you’re an Apple iOS user, you can follow this privacy guide to maximizing your iPhone’s privacy. You can also find a guide for Android phones here, if you’re not able to repalce the default OS.