There’s certainly not a lack of task managers and to-do apps out there. Off the top of my head, there’s 2Do, Things, Todoist, and OmniFocus—just to name a few. However, only one of them offers end-to-end encryption for your to-do items.
I’m not the first one to notice. All the way back in 2012, Justin Blanton found the state of encryption in task management applications unbelievable. Eight years later, it’s disappointing that the landscape hasn’t changed much. Only OmniFocus started supporting end-to-end encryption toward the end of 2016. It’s strange that other apps don’t value the security of their users’ data in a similar way, especially considering the vast amount and personal nature of the data they’re handling.
I’m actually a yearslong user of Things. I’ve started using it in 2015 to stay on top of work-related tasks. In other words, I’m only using it at work. In some sense, I care less about the privacy and security of my work-related data than of my personal. This trade-off of mine is partially driven by the fact that so much at work is already being stored in some cloud service, so my few to-dos and notes won’t make much difference. Apart from that, I’m a big fan of Things’s user interface and how Cultured Code balances powerful features and a simplistic design. If it weren’t for the lack of proper encryption, I’d go all-in with Things.
In contrast, OmniFocus’s interface never really clicked with me and it seems to trade too much simplicity for a myriad of features. Although, if the lack of end-to-end encryption is a knock-out criterion for you, OmniFocus is your best—or rather, only—choice. I really hope that other apps will step up in the future.