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    Angry Google's New Privacy Policy


    So, I really want to avoid slamming another company on here. LFO is very firm on that policy. But, I am a little irritated. I started gravitating toward Google back in 2005. But, in 2008 I started seeing signs of Google becoming the next Microsoft. I know I was not the first or only person to see this, but I was still proud of myself for figuring it out on my own.

    Now, I am not so proud. In fact, I have closed my Google+ account, changed all identifying information on my gmail account, changed my default search engine to Bing (imagine that! I hate Google more than Microsoft now), am going to find a new blogging site and copy/paste all my blogs to it, and am still figuring out what to do with my two Android devices since they both required my gmail to use. Which, by the way, my gmail name has my first name and last initial in it. Grrrrrrr!!!!!

    I know that there is no way to be 100% anonymous on the internet. Google or no Google. But, I am really discouraged about this. I would say it's been dominating close to 70% of my daily thinking since I learned about this fiasco 3-4 weeks ago. Google's CEO says only people who have something to hide are bothered by this new policy. Well, I don't consider porn something to hide, which is the worse thing Google's profile of me has on me. This really is about my privacy and not feeling like Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Uncle, Big Father-In-Law, or Big Third-Cousin-Twice-Removed is watching everything I do. So, does anybody on here have any tips, thoughts, and or new ideas for me?

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    Just don't use google services or products - it's really that simple. Cancel all of your existing services with them and just move on.

    https://duckduckgo.com/
    https://www.ixquick.com/

    As for the Android smartphones - it's surprising how people still don't get it. The whole appeal of smartphones to google is for tracking and geo-location for profiling purposes.

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    I'm with you on this. I've switched to FrontPage and am also considering setting up my own Linux mail server. The present "privacy" front scares me more by the day and I don't want to leave a record of the political sites I visit if it gets any worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caravel View Post
    Which one do you use and/or prefer? And with the smart phones, I keep all the GPS-like options turned off on every app. I know that is probably pointless but, I don't download many to begin with.
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    Skittle, if you should decide to delete your google accounts, don't forget to delete your google web search history first:

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/0...y-takes-effect

    I personally stopped using google several years ago and have never used bing. So far, I don't feel the need or desire to use either of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper Dan View Post
    I'm with you on this. I've switched to FrontPage
    I'm sure you mean "startpage", which is the same as ixquick?

    Quote Originally Posted by SkittleLinux18 View Post
    Which one do you use and/or prefer?
    I use duckduckgo almost exclusively (google for the very occasional image search and that's it), for no other reason than it's what I've gotten used to. As far as I know ixquck/startpage is just as good.

    Quote Originally Posted by SkittleLinux18 View Post
    And with the smart phones, I keep all the GPS-like options turned off on every app. I know that is probably pointless but, I don't download many to begin with.
    I don't own a smartphone/tablet and would never want to own one, so I can't really help you there. All I can really add is that turning off geo-location on an Android phone is only going to address part of the problem.

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    Yes, Startpage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oz View Post
    don't forget to delete your google web search history first
    Thanks Oz. I did wipe that **** early last week. Then moved to Bing.

    Quote Originally Posted by caravel View Post
    I use duckduckgo almost exclusively (google for the very occasional image search and that's it), for no other reason than it's what I've gotten used to. As far as I know ixquck/startpage is just as good.
    Ok, thanks, man.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper Dan View Post
    Yes, Startpage.
    It says "Powered by Google" next to the text bar. Are you sure this has nothing to do with Google?
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    It says "Powered by Google" next to the text bar. Are you sure this has nothing to do with Google?
    From what I understand, since you are going through StartPage, Google never sees your ip or is able to track you. Google just sees ip for StartPage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper Dan View Post
    From what I understand, since you are going through StartPage, Google never sees your ip or is able to track you. Google just sees ip for StartPage.
    Ok, cool. Also, I have been reverting back to firefox. But, my question is this: Is Firefox affiliated with Google in any way that would subject me to their privacy laws? Or is this browser still safe?
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