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Old 04-04-2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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Post 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?
 
Old 04-04-2013, 10:50 AM   #2
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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.
 
Old 04-04-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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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.).
 
Old 04-04-2013, 12:24 PM   #4
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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.

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

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Old 04-04-2013, 01:13 PM   #6
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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!
 
Old 04-04-2013, 11:02 PM   #7
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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.
 
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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.
 
Old 04-05-2013, 06:24 PM   #9
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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.
 
Old 04-07-2013, 01:03 PM   #10
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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.
 
Old 04-07-2013, 03:13 PM   #11
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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.
 
Old 04-07-2013, 03:33 PM   #12
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Encrypted E-Mail Company Hushmail Spills to Feds

I'd stay away from Hushmail if I were you. What about A/I or FastMail?
 
Old 04-07-2013, 03:41 PM   #13
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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?
 
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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.
 
Old 04-07-2013, 04:33 PM   #15
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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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