With things getting weirder by the day at Google, I’m looking to exit the Google sphere. If you are interested, here are the replacement services I have found that meet my standards for privacy and security. It can be a long process, but it can also be exciting, like moving to a new city. Finding a new dentist can be a drag, but learning about new places and people can be nice.
Email: ProtonMail https://protonmail.com
Everything online starts from an email address. This has to be first. Proton Mail is secure and encrypted.
Browser: Brave http://www.brave.com
Chrome is spying on you and Firefox is their lame little brother, trying to be political as well.
Search Engine: DuckDuckGo https://duckduckgo.com
This is critical to privacy online. Google’s whole business is built on monitoring your searches. It has plugins for Opera and mobile as well. They don’t track you and offer a great newsletter for privacy and security online.
Cloud Storage: https://sync.com
This service allows for storing files online with larger paid models available. All files are encrypted on the client side and they can never see your files. It also stores photos from your phone with their mobile app. It’s all encrypted and private. They have free and paid plans.
YouTube and video services:
VPN: A virtual private network creates a private tunnel connection tahteven your ISP can’t read entirely. People use them for work, but many use them at home for privacy. Your connection goes to a server that you pay for, before going to where you want. Think of it as “switching cars in a parking garage” when being pursued by a helicopter. This one is recommended and private. Choose one you trust, since they can see all of your traffic. Virtual Shield does not retain your records, so they cannot provide this information, even if asked or compelled. https://virtualshield.com/
Turn off tracking in various OSes:
Windows 10: https://spreadprivacy.com/windows-10-privacy-tips/ Windows
Windows 7: https://spreadprivacy.com/windows-7-privacy-tips/
Thanks all and may God bless you.