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Old 07-12-2020, 09:36 PM   #16
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I'm using DuckDuckGo (and sometimes StartPage) with Firefox, and using ProtonMail for email.
 
Old 07-13-2020, 06:02 PM   #17
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my concern about Vivaldi is there is no source, that i can find, for their browser that can be used to build it. thus i would not know if it is sending all my browsing habits to somewhere, such as when i look at laptop porn.
 
Old 07-16-2020, 04:07 AM   #18
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I'm also working on the Freeby at Mailbox.org but it wants to charge me. I've probably filled the form out wrongly because it's 1am here in England and I'm tired.
mailbox.org is not free.
I figure, if I pay for it then I'm not the product (as with google you most definitely are).
1/month is not much. And you get a lot for it - including but not limited to several aliases, even other domain names for your email addresses.
 
Old 07-17-2020, 10:16 AM   #19
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Hi Berndbausch,

Right, I now have duckduckgo attached to Firefox and working. I'm also working on the Freeby at Mailbox.org but it wants to charge me. I've probably filled the form out wrongly because it's 1am here in England and I'm tired.

I suspect that by tomorrow I will have found that the two thingies above will have sorted out my problems. They do seem good.

Many many thanks to all who posted. It is great to be helped so willingly

Cheers, Clearfell
I recommend AOL mail which is free and works with Thunderbird since that's what I use. I also recommend you remove Google from Firefox here. https://restoreprivacy.com/firefox-privacy/ https://gist.github.com/0XDE57/fbd302cef7693e62c769
 
Old 07-23-2020, 09:49 AM   #20
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Ever sind Google has expanded into anything and everything during the past 5+ years, I've become more and more reluctant to use Google as well. BUT, having said that, it doesn't change the fact that (at least for me) Google happens to have the best search engine, the best image searches, and the best navigation going for it. Since I have an Andround phone, I pretty much have to have a Google account in order to use some of the Android featuers/apps that I like, which also includes Google Maps, Swiftkey, and a three or four others. So, with that said ....

I access my Google acount and change the global retainer settings. That's for the timeline, travels, emails, etc. I'd set it to less than that if it was possible, but as far as I know it's not. You can also disable certain reminders and such in your Google account. The only time that I receive anything from Google, is when it's a notice about updating privacy policies, or my monthly notification about the Google timeline. Here in Germany Google has to let you know about the fact that your activitis were being tracked. Keeping my history for 90 days is something that I can live with. I don't like it, but since I'm neither a criminal nor a terrorist, it doesn't kill me to have that 90 day tracking going on. Besides, Google only releases data with a legal warrant and not just because somebody would like to see someone elses history.

I never use Gmail unless it's an emergency and my regular mail server is down. That happens about once every couple of years. Before I switched to Linux I was using Windows and all of my Email was managed by Outlook Express. Once I tried Thunderbird (even before I switched to Linux) I never looked back. I have ADhD and Thunderbird combined with Lightning Calendar extension is perfect for all of my email accounts, appointments, schedules, bill paying, etc. Couldn't imagine life without Thunderbird & Lightning anymore.

So like some of the othe folks here, I hve no idea what those notifications are which you're receiving. I install my MX Linux, set up my email accounts, and off I go. Google bothers me little to not at all.
Have a wonderful and healthy day.

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Old 07-23-2020, 10:04 AM   #21
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I use Google search exclusively at work because it has the best search results. At home I only use DDG on my main browser and never log in to my google account because although I have a gmail account (former android phone user), I have it fwd email to my iCloud mail account. I also use 2 browsers: one for online logins (banking, etc) and google chrome in incognito mode, not logged in, for tech related searches. I never login into chrome with my google creds. I use no other google services. Works for me.
 
Old 07-23-2020, 10:06 AM   #22
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The all-too-familiar story of most people out there: "I'm quite aware of Google being bad but I don't really care and it's just so convenient! And free! (plus any number of additional justifications for not closing it)!"
BTW, you do not need a Google account to operate an Android phone.

And always remember: If it's free you're the product, not the customer!
 
Old 07-23-2020, 10:13 AM   #23
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Agree but no way to sync anything without a bunch of third party apps if you don't use google on Android. I gave up on android and moved to Apple, couldn't be happier. Big conglomerate, yes, but I like that the CEO told the FBI to go f*** themselves when asked to unlock a phone.
 
Old 07-23-2020, 10:20 AM   #24
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The all-too-familiar story of most people out there: "I'm quite aware of Google being bad but I don't really care and it's just so convenient! And free! (plus any number of additional justifications for not closing it)!"
BTW, you do not need a Google account to operate an Android phone.

And always remember: If it's free you're the product, not the customer!
You do have to have some type of an account if you expect to use some of the available services. The only reason why I have a reluctance about google is because of the manner that they've spread out, purchased other companies, increased their advertising, and so on. It's just a feeling though, of big brother. I don't know of anyone, nor can I, specifically state that Google is actually bad in any way ... bad meaning that Google has an actual noticeable negative impact on my life. It doesn't.
Hah, if it was up to me I'd still be using AltaVista (not the Yahoo version).

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Old 07-23-2020, 10:36 AM   #25
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It's just a feeling though, of big brother. I don't know of anyone, nor can I, specifically state that Google is actually bad in any way ... bad meaning that Google has an actual noticeable negative impact on my life. It doesn't.
It's definitely more than "Just a feeling" - even the EU supreme court will tell you that.
Let's just agree to disagree here...
 
Old 07-23-2020, 10:38 AM   #26
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I will give 3 reasons not to use Google. Google censors. Google is more nosy than my mother. Google discriminates against those with disabilities with their ReCaptcha garbage!
 
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