A couple of weeks ago in the news Apple announced Google was bypassing safety features built into Safari on some of their devices like the iPad and iPhone. Last week Microsoft also announced that Google was up to something and doing some devious things with Internet Explorer too.
If you are still using Google products, now might be a good time to let go of them and regain some of your privacy back.
All of next week I will be walking you through actions you can take to unhook yourself from the Google dependence you might have. It is not easy. Google products are awesome we admit. Its almost like crack cocaine (which we have no personal knowledge of, just from the movies you know?). Google products are highly addictive. Their business model is collecting your data for resale. At least Microsoft makes a product and then sells it. Google makes a product, offers it for free, but collects user data from its usage and now has a virtual product to sell to anyone who asks.
Gmail allows unlimited free storage. Has a nice interface. Google Maps is sleek and simple and works nicely. I get it. Nice stuff and I could go on.
A lot of you, especially the younger crowd who has now grown up not concerned about privacy might not understand why privacy is important. I have a niece who gives her passwords to all of her friends which I find strange. I would never do that. We are all private creatures in one way or other. Do you shut the door when going to the bathroom? Why do you? Privacy. We are all privacy advocates whether we know it or not.
Privacy is important. Insurance companies are now buying user data to use against customers. Imagine needing a surgery some day and you are denied because you purchased above the societal norm of alcoholic beverages in the past year. It is already happening. This grocery store club cards you swipe every time to "save money" are collecting your purchase history and selling it to everyone under the sun.
Switching away from Google products IS NOT EASY. But it is possible. Im doing it right now and its not that bad. I no longer use Gmail and have switched to Thunderbird and absolutely LOVE it and I will tell you why too.
So be sure to tune in next week as we will lay it down the move away from Google products for you in easy terms. Its possible, it can be done and Im doing it!
"The world is a dangerous place not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do nothing about it." - Albert Einstein
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Posted by iheartubuntu on Sunday, February 26, 2012