12 apps for remote work that take privacy seriously


  • Vivaldi Team

    With Covid-19 on the rise, many organizations have asked their employees to work from home. Vivaldi’s privacy-conscious community suggests a few trusted apps for remote work.

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  • Moderator

    On Chat & Conferencing apps: If there is a web app available, just use it within your browser, and ditch the desktop app (unless there's a special feature only available there that you absolutely need). If you're very worried about privacy, this will sandbox the app within your browser and limit spyware capabilities. That being said, my primary worry at this stage would probably be downtime risks from network congestion.

    On LibreOffice: This can hold up against MS Office for the most part, but lacks in some key areas: Grammar engine (MS recently ramped up the power of their grammar checking for English and maybe other languages, last time I checked, LO didn't have this), Collaborative Editing and Notebook software (both of those points together make for neat virtual whiteboard software).


  • - Ambassador -

    I just create a profile at MeWe. It may be useful for sharing files. Let me know if you cannot see my custom.css file, and I will try to figure out how to make files available to others.


  • Moderator

    Why not a (Self)Hosted Nextcloud platform for file/documents/calendars/contacts sharing, many apps available for chat, mail, tasks manager, shared text editor ?



  • The private apps for face-to-face meetings might also be good for virtual karaoke with people.


  • - Ambassador -

    What about Keybase? What do you guys think about it? I can’t decide which one to use Keybase or Riot?



  • Jitsi looks good, except there's no text chatting that I can see.



  • @baris-sehri IMO, Keybase over Matrix/Riot. Keybase offers a lot, and it runs very seamlessly across different OS platforms.

    Keybase teams is a great way to work collaboratively and securely. Matrix has encryption but everytime someone uses a different device, having to do key validation, its far from seamless.

    I use both, but Keybase is a much more polished product, and better suited to working rather than just social.


  • - Ambassador -

    @Pesala said in 12 apps for remote work that take privacy seriously:

    I just create a profile at MeWe. It may be useful for sharing files. Let me know if you cannot see my custom.css file, and I will try to figure out how to make files available to others.

    I have already added you to my contacts in MeWe 👍🏻
    I think MeWe is a good place to create a Vivaldi group


  • - Ambassador -

    @karma1 keybase is more polished and it's really beautiful, but I believe riot has more features.

    I decided to go with keybase



  • @baris-sehri I would go for Riot over Keybase.
    The main reason is that I can self host a Riot.



  • I highly recommend Zipcall.io for 1 on 1 face to face online meetings. It is surprisingly powerful and it is decentralized. There are no downloads, no accounts, no BS just get a custom link and you're in. The developer is currently working on group calling and currently there are no pricing so everything is completely free.


  • - Ambassador -

    I was about to join MeWe until I read it is "based in Los Angeles County, California" (from their ToS).
    Too susceptible for the Three Letter Acronyms to monitor we are trying to avoid and the Five Eyes. 😞
    Looking for another option...


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  • @Ayespy I respectfully offer you a counter-view.

    1. I hate the "traditional" [ha] social media, all the contemporary biggies, & will never use any of them.
    2. I'd never heard of MeWe til some months ago. An online friend from one of my Linux fora mentioned it to me, & i investigated. I was pleasantly surprised with its privacy policy, encryption & non-advertising, thus i joined.
    3. I use it exclusively for:
      3.1 the two private groups a tiny cohort of friends & i created there, to keep in touch & generally take the piss
      3.2 the single public group i joined there, for Linux
    4. Til reading your linked article i had no idea that rabid despicable RWNJs were also there. I truly wish they'd all fall off the face of the planet, but until that day, in MeWe at least, they effectively do not exist for me, given my #3.
    5. That it seems they are on MeWe is highly unfortunate. That they exist at all is deplorable. Yet, it seems unfair to blame MeWe for this. Analogy: It's not my fault nor my town's fault if one day some lowlife scumbag happens to move into the house down the end of my street.

  • - Ambassador -

    @Steffie , if you use the social network only for a small group, then it would be almost more advisable to use one of the decentralized OpenSource networks, such as Diaspora or Mastodon, in these you are really your own boss.



  • @Catweazle I have accounts with both those, but barely use them... their UIs are chaotic & limiting. Of the two i have explored Diaspora more deeply, & it is quite primitive [my friends & i wanted usability features & functions akin to what Discourse-based fora provide, & in this D is a miserable shadow]. Possibly M* might afford more of the functions, but its UI is so horribly off-putting.

    * To clarify, mine is actually Octodon, rather than vanilla Mastodon.


  • - Ambassador -

    @Steffie , certainly the UI of the two does not stand out precisely, well, it is an alternative for those who want a means of communication without flourishes, but without Big Brother.
    I've been in both of them for a while, but I've been bored with this kind of social media with sequential communication, I prefer the format of a forum, I'm that weird.
    In this there are also alternatives, such as Covenant Forum, ZeroNet, Vanilla Forum or MyBB, if you have a server.



  • @Catweazle said in 12 apps for remote work that take privacy seriously:

    I've been bored with this kind of social media with sequential communication

    Agree. These things are universally ghastly IMO.

    @Catweazle said in 12 apps for remote work that take privacy seriously:

    prefer the format of a forum

    Agree. Especially Discourse-based fora [sorry Vivaldi, but this forum s/w is horrible in comparison to Discourse]. Additionally in Discourse, once you gain sufficient privileges, you can create Group Private Messages, which are tremendous fun, with full threading & emojis + formatting, AND reaction-emojis [a brilliant initiative; i really miss it in V].


  • - Ambassador -

    @Steffie , emojis are not a problem for me, apart from the ones that this forum has, I have the Windows ones (Ctrl+.) and those of another forum, which I have in the web panel


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