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De-Googling My Life

By Patrick follow Patrick   2019 Jun 12, 8:56am 475 views   4 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


Recently I've spent some time changing my habits and changing the online services that I use so that I am less dependent on Google to participate in the internet. I've written before that advertising as we know it is not actually advertising but surveillance. Since Google's business model is inextricably connected to modern advertising (A.K.A. surveillance marketing I felt it was time to start distancing myself from its products and services. ...

While Gmail has been reliable, the fact is that the business model is rooted in advertising and surveillance. It is well known that convenience is more attractive than privacy, but how far should companies be allowed to go? How is it considered ethical that Google scans the contents of all private emails? ...

I have so many online subscriptions and services that all rely on email – and hence Gmail – for my online identity. In fact, email is such a strong component of online identity that if a person were to gain access to my email account, they would likely gain access to my entire online identity and to all of my online services. Because of this and my growing concerns of security and privacy, I chose to move away from Gmail as an email provider and use FastMail instead.

I'm also nearly Google-free. I use duckduckgo.com, run my own email server, and use Little Snitch to block all kinds of spying as I use my computer. It's really amazing how frequently your own laptop tries to betray your privacy on behalf of various megacorporations.
2   Ceffer   ignore (4)   2019 Jun 13, 4:15pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

When Google grabbed my balls, it was the last straw!
3   NuttBoxer   ignore (2)   2019 Jun 14, 11:30am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I use TOR browser, VPN, VPN DNS, protonmail, duckduckgo, and no cellphone. Google's got shit on me.
4   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostakovitch   ignore (55)   2019 Jun 14, 3:05pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I don't want to give them a blank wall.


Call it the RANCID! CLAM! revolt!

The objective is clear: Serge and Larry and Mark and Sheryl shoeless.

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