Tag Archives: Privacy

Freeing Yourself from Google’s Gmail

Gmail FrustrationIn a previous post I was writing about weaning myself off of Google. Well let me tell you, it is not easy. Harder than I even imagined it would be. Actually it is a major pain in the ass!

For this experiment I opted for a Yandex email address as my new main personal email. It has an easy to use interface and the ability to sync other emails (such as my Gmail) with it. The interface is clean and pretty good. The URL has “neo2″ in the path when logged in so I am assuming it is based on OpenWebMail somehow. Which is fine with me.

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Big News Sites Track Us Too

I was reading a Wired article today titled, “Amid NSA Outrage, Big Tech Companies Plan to Track You Even More Aggressively” and commented that they too track the heck out of people with a whopping 30 trackers (4 social networks and 26 tracking companies!). Ironically the comment was not approved. It seems that the very news sites that are writing news on the NSA and Internet companies tracking us are doing the very same thing!?

Wow @WIRED seems to be one of the worst. Tracked by 4 social networks and 26 other companies! #privacy pic.twitter.com/yFhZ00FNnj

— Jascha (@jascha) October 8, 2013

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Even The Guardian has a whole lot of tracking going on:

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Oh sweet irony!!!!

Weaning Off Google – The First Step

google_msn_yahoo-fish-cartoonThey say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well folks I am here to say I have one…

It’s my Google-ification!

Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with Google. More that I had the epiphany that I am up to my eyeballs in it.

The other night I started pondering what all I use and how (or if) it is connected to Google. Just have a look at your Google Dashboard and you might be surprised! Here is a short list of things I use that are all Google…

  • GMail
  • Android
  • Google Voice
  • YouTube
  • GTalk
  • Google+
  • AdSense
  • Google Docs/Drive
  • Picasa
  • Analytics
  • Search

With the above just being the key points! I am way deep in the sea of Google. So what is a guy to do???

Firstly the easiest thing for me to change behavior wise is not search using Google. I have changed my Chrome to use DuckDuckGo as default for search. A few other good alternatives are:

Next installment I will be switching over my Gmail to an alternative.