I haven’t had a facebook account since 2019, and has nothing to do with Mark Zuckerberg’s punchable face. I didn’t delete my account for ideological reasons either. I just couldn’t handle the constant mental and emotional drain. Honestly, I’ve never looked back. My life is much better without Facebook than it was with it.
Like Facebook, Google makes most of its money from data collection and advertising. For me, and I think for most people in the western world, it’s much more difficult to live without Google than Facebook.
Google runs a search engine, email system, YouTube, and the operating system for the majority of smartphones. Google uses all of these services to collect data which it then feeds to the advertising side of its business. Advertising is the real cash cow.
For many people, Google forms the basis of the internet. Google lets you use their services in return for finding out everything about you, and selling that information to greedy advertisers. (Look, we’re all a little greedy. I don’t mean to single out advertisers, but it’s such a good adjective.)
But is there another way of doing things?
Maybe. One of the most fundamental services that Google provides is email. I’ve used Gmail for years, and have generally found it to be a good product. Google claims that it doesn’t actually read email inboxes anymore, it just sells their content to anyone who wants it. Email is basically mail that is sent electronically, that’s where the name comes from. If you work for the Post Office, and knowingly let anyone besides the recipient take a peek inside a letter you can wind up in prison for five years. If Google played by the same rules as the Post Office someone would be getting a lot of jail time.
Google doesn’t charge for their email services, but knowledge gleaned from your inbox helps them target advertising, and companies are willing to pay good money for that advertising. This gives them an unfair competitive advantage to the Post Office, since the user has to pay upfront for the service of sending physical mail.
I’m not going to endorse any particular service, but there are other email services which offer a comparable product to Gmail. It doesn’t take a technical wizard to forward emails, so that if anything does land in your Gmail inbox it will get forwarded to your new account.
For many people, the Chrome Web Browser serves as a portal to the internet. Chrome operates just like most other Google services, turning a profit off of harvesting and selling personal data. I’ve used a lot of different web browsers, and as far as functionality is concerned Chrome is pretty good. But it’s not the best.
The Brave web browser is the future of the internet. Use it and you’ll never go back. Seriously. Brave does not allow third part apps to track user data, and gives you sweet moola for looking at ads. It also uses the DuckDuckGo search engine, which is similar to the Google search engine, but more private, and less Google.
So that’s that. A few simple tips, and no more Google
Oh yeah, smartphones.
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