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JWJones 04-04-2013 10:29 AM

My divorce from Google - One year later
 
I found this article interesting, because it has been about a year for me, too, since I divorced myself from all Google products and services, as well as Facebook.

http://www.itworld.com/software/3504...one-year-later

Has anyone else done anything similar, or simply avoided them from the beginning?

273 04-04-2013 10:50 AM

I've never had any problems with Google. That said, I only use them for search and Google earth (oh, yeah, I have a SPAM collector mail account too in a made-up name).
I'd not more sign up to Facebook than I would Google+ though -- both make no bones that everything you post is theirs to do what they want with it and you are the product.
I'll likely not buy and Android phone either as the Google tie-in, whilst probably not that onerous, is definitely still a negative.

JWJones 04-04-2013 11:39 AM

I actually do have an Android phone, but it is registered without my name, and I don't use any Google-specific stuff on it (search, etc.).

H_TeXMeX_H 04-04-2013 12:24 PM

Definitely I have left all Google services. I never used facebook, because I always knew it was a social spying project, and just plain stupid.

dugan 04-04-2013 12:37 PM

I use Google products whenever possible. I think they're great.

ozar 04-04-2013 01:13 PM

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Originally Posted by eyeofliberty (Post 4925061)
Has anyone else done anything similar, or simply avoided them from the beginning?

Hello

Don't use, want, or need any of their stuff at all and certainly don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. For me, Google-free is the place to be! :)

weirdwolf 04-04-2013 11:02 PM

I haven't used the Google for a couple years now,(except for GIS sometimes). Prefer ixquick or startpage, have never used (or trusted) facebook.

cortman 04-05-2013 04:51 PM

I use Gmail, the search engine, and the Android store (for my phone). Nothing else.
I laugh at the guy who wrote that though. He makes grand statements about being Google-free and untracked and uncoupled from Big Data, and then goes on to describe his Yahoo mail account, Yahoo maps, Flickr (Yahoo pics) account, Twitter account, and LinkedIn account. Sounds to me like he just traded masters, not set himself free.

JWJones 04-05-2013 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by cortman (Post 4925921)
I laugh at the guy who wrote that though. He makes grand statements about being Google-free and untracked and uncoupled from Big Data, and then goes on to describe his Yahoo mail account, Yahoo maps, Flickr (Yahoo pics) account, Twitter account, and LinkedIn account. Sounds to me like he just traded masters, not set himself free.

Yeah, I thought that was pretty funny, too.

nobuntu 04-07-2013 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by eyeofliberty (Post 4925061)
Has anyone else done anything similar

Yes. I have - I did so after my Gmail account was somehow wiped and I lost almost 2000 emails. I have found the entire process to be absolutely fascinating. I am now using A/I for email, Startpage for search and Vimeo for video hosting.

ososid 04-07-2013 03:13 PM

I've started cutting down on my google related stuff. Just need to find a good private and secure e-mail alternative. Maybe hushmail? Bye bye big brother.

nobuntu 04-07-2013 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by ososid (Post 4927043)
Just need to find a good private and secure e-mail alternative. Maybe hushmail?

Encrypted E-Mail Company Hushmail Spills to Feds

I'd stay away from Hushmail if I were you. What about A/I or FastMail?

ososid 04-07-2013 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by R3nCi (Post 4927069)
Encrypted E-Mail Company Hushmail Spills to Feds

I'd stay away from Hushmail if I were you. What about A/I or FastMail?

Haven't tried them. What's the feedback on them?

dugan 04-07-2013 04:25 PM

I've had a Fastmail account for over a decade. The free tier won't give you more than a minuscle amount of storage, and I get spam an average of once or twice per week (so their spam filter isn't as good as the competition's), but it works well and is reliable.

JWJones 04-07-2013 04:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ososid (Post 4927043)
I've started cutting down on my google related stuff. Just need to find a good private and secure e-mail alternative. Maybe hushmail? Bye bye big brother.

I like these two:

http://lavabit.com/

https://mail.riseup.net/


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