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The Comprehensive Guide to Quitting Google
Lifehacker ^ | Thursday, November 8, 2018 | Brendan Hesse

Posted on 11/08/2018 11:37:03 AM PST by Jyotishi

Despite all the convenience and quality of Google's sprawling ecosystem, some users are fed up with the fishy privacy policies the company has recently

Since Google owns some of the best and most-used apps, websites, and internet services, making a clean break is difficult -- but not impossible. We're going to take a look at how to leave the most popular Google services behind, and how to keep Google from tracking your data. We've also spent serious time researching and testing great alternatives to Google's offerings, so you can leave the Big G without having to buy new devices or swear fealty to another major corporation.

Things get sketchy when the entity overseeing [a tech] ecosystem starts dipping into your data or manipulating your experience.

Our Goal Is Decentralization

Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other similar companies offer "ecosystems" -- centralized, cross-platform software and hardware suites where all your devices can connect and sync with the same data and apps.

These ecosystems are extremely convenient, but they can pose security risks. While centralization isn't the issue, per se, things get sketchy when the entity overseeing that ecosystem starts dipping into your data or manipulating your experience.

That's why, for the majority of this guide, we'll be looking at how to decentralize your digital presence with third-party and open-source solutions (though alternatives from Apple, Microsoft, and other companies will be discussed where appropriate, as well as some Google compromises you can make).

For all the benefits of going open-source, there are also tradeoffs: While you'll be out from under the monolithic shadow of peering tech companies, you'll also be trading in the full interconnection, synchronization, and data consolidation you get from catch-all ecosystems like Google's.

However, with a little time and effort, you can MacGyver a decent cross-platform system for yourself.

(Excerpt) Read more at lifehacker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Society
KEYWORDS: apple; brave; duckduckgo; facebook; gmail; google; hack; internet; lifehack; microsoft; privacy; psa; quitgoogle; security; startpage; youtube

1 posted on 11/08/2018 11:37:03 AM PST by Jyotishi
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To: Jyotishi

1. duckduckgo.com

2. Brave browser for computer and phone


2 posted on 11/08/2018 11:40:06 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Jyotishi

Google is much, much bigger than their search engine.
95% chance this post is going thru a Google server farm.


3 posted on 11/08/2018 11:43:57 AM PST by Zathras
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To: Jyotishi

https://www.startpage.com/eng/#hmb


4 posted on 11/08/2018 11:44:09 AM PST by Red Badger (FNo-platform us all you want. Ban us all you want. Smear us all you want. You can’t stop an idea...)
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To: Jyotishi
MEGA Reddit - https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/9fqxvo/make_electronics_great_again_anticuck_antigoogle/
5 posted on 11/08/2018 12:12:09 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (There are two kinds of people: Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.)
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To: call meVeronica

Bump for l8r reference


6 posted on 11/08/2018 12:20:09 PM PST by call meVeronica
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To: Jyotishi

Tech Bookmark


7 posted on 11/08/2018 12:55:32 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Jyotishi
Thank you for the PSA 😀
8 posted on 11/08/2018 1:09:12 PM PST by Basket_of_Deplorables ("Trust Sessions!" Bwaaahaaahaaa! Fools.)
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To: Jyotishi
For web searches I use Startpage

and for browsing I use Brave

9 posted on 11/08/2018 1:24:20 PM PST by SuperSonic (If I had a dog it would look like the one Obama ate!)
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To: Jyotishi

Bookmark


10 posted on 11/08/2018 1:26:18 PM PST by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't waiting. Do it today.)
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To: Swordmaker

Ping!


11 posted on 11/08/2018 2:17:52 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("The word 'racist' is used to describe 'every Republican that's winning'" --Donald Trump)
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