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Dumping Google

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by ethics, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    I've dumped all google products except gmail and reader. I've also switched my search engine to Bing.

    Actively looking for replacements.
     
  2. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    I would think that Gmail is one of the biggies to dump. After all, they read all your emails! Doesn't that bother you?

    I recommended above, get an email hosting account plus domain registry for $18 a year at 1&1 (1and1.com). At least you would know they aren't bothering to read your emails.

    Google searching doesn't bother me as long as I'm one of the vast, unwashed, anonymous masses. (My IP address varies too much to track me via IP alone.)
     
  3. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Some excellent information on how to limit what Google knows about you and how it's shared. Even better, you can opt out of the personalized Ad preferences, too.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/how-to-choose-what-you-share-with-google/2012/01/26/gIQAZNTpSQ_story.html
     
  4. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    That's good stuff, thanks.
     
  5. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Yes, it's very helpful for those who cannot bear to leave Google behind, but I'm going to survive just fine without them. For me it is easier to just walk away from them than to be constantly tinkering with all those settings, which is what I ended up doing on Facebook. I don't trust Google.

    I haven't deleted Gmail yet because there are a couple of things I need to do first and won't have time to do until the end of the week, but Google search engine, Gmail, and Google+ were the only three services I ever used, and Google+ has been in my trash for months.
     
  6. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    Just found an interesting extension that may help all the tracking that goes on, not just google.

    http://www.ghostery.com/
     
  7. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    Also note, the only way to keep your Google preferences is to stay logged in to Google, and if you're logged in they're going to track you whether you like it or not.

    If you don't want to let Google track you then there's no way to have your preferences satisfied.

    My solution is to not allow Google to put any permanent cookies on my computer, and I don't login to any of their services, except maybe Gmail once or twice a year.
     
  8. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Huh? They save perfectly fine for me. Of course, I don't go in and fuck with shit on the PC that has absolutely no bearing on privacy, either.
     
  9. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    So you think cookies don't have anything to do with privacy? Okay, whatever works for you.

    There's no way for Google to keep your preferences unless they're tracking you in some way.
     
  10. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

  11. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    All your address book are belong to us! ;)
     
  12. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    As I said here, people just don't give two figs about their privacy on the Internet.


    I'm sorry, I don't feel anyone has the right to upload their entire address book to any service. I've never been asked if it's OK if my address is stored by Twitter or Facebook. Yet, I'm sure many who have my address have done just that and uploaded their entire address book without a single thought to the wishes of the individuals who are in it.

    Something needs to be done. And as long as users remain apathetic to privacy issues on the Internet, this type of thing will only get worse.
     
  13. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Any bets this goes nowhere fast?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-tech/post/lawmakers-question-apple-ceo-cook-about-privacy/2012/02/15/gIQABmLoFR_blog.html

    With nearly a quarter million dollars spent in political donations since 1999, I doubt Congress will rattle Apple's cage too much.
     
  14. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    One of my friends recently joined FB and they took his address book and emailed everybody he knows (including me) with invites to join FB. I clicked FB's opt out link but some weeks later they invited me again.
     
  15. cmhbob

    cmhbob Did...did I do that? Staff Member

    No, he wasn't paying attention when he signed up and clicked an "Invite your friends" button. That wasn't an automatic thing. Your friend chose to do it. He gave the system permission to use his address book. If wasn't using an online email service, he actually had to browse to the file on his computer.
     
  16. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Apple has tightened their requirements. Fat lot of good it will do.

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-15/apple-tightens-rules-on-apps-that-access-users-addresses.html
     
  17. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Honestly? We are done as far as privacy. I don't see this stopping and I don't see this NOT getting even worse. There's no outrage, there's no care.
     
  18. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    As I've stated before, the only way this will come to the front burner is when something happens that results in a information compromise. Not the nickle and dime stuff that happens now, but a rather huge compromise involving heavy hitters (like the morons sitting in D.C.). And we all know what will happen then.

    As far as JQ Public driving any changes? Gimme a break.
     
  19. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    On a related note, Canada is considering a rather nasty piece of legislation that would pretty much allow the government to spy on anyone who uses the Internet.

    Bill C-30 mandates that every Internet provider must hand "authorities" access to the private information of any Canadian, at any time, without a warrant. Sounds familiar, huh? It's not the companies and idiots who use the Internet that we need to worry about. Our elected officials are going to be our own worst enemy when it comes to this stuff.

    And the really priceless thing about that bill? Proponents are claiming that if you're against the bill, you are obviously supporting child pornography.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2014
  20. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    I hadn't heard about that bill. Scary, but not surprising. I was just thinking yesterday of how our own government officials are capitalizing on this privacy thing while pretending to be concerned for us. It's easy to lose our freedom, but hard to get it back.The author of 1984 was a prophet.
     

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