May 19, 2021•447 words
As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I am an advocate for privacy and staying away from big tech companies that collect and spread your data to the world. Google is one of the most known companies in the world that harvest your data and ruin all sorts of privacy. However, on the other side of things, the technology and capabilities are truly amazing. The connectivity and opportunity with the products allow users to make sure all content is in one place, built from a billion dollar infrastructure. Something else to note is they are always improving what they have to offer. If it was not for the privacy concerns, I would love to continue to use Google, but for now, I have de-Googled.
What some individuals forget to notice is that the algorithms that are built are not necessarily targeting individuals for their data for the purpose some people might believe. If you have ever watched "The Social Network" on Netflix, you would learn that companies such as Google actually just use the block of data simply to identify where the least expensive ads should be placed and which ones offer the most profit. All of the algorithms are just identifying what patterns to use to improve the convenience and efficiency for the user. That is what is great about Google. They are able to use our trends to make a better user experience and make sure everything is in the right place at the right time.
If you do not mind some of these things, maybe you can continue to use some Google products, but refrain from using others. For example, continue to use YouTube, Google Drive, and Google Calendar. Then, use Firefox, multiple privacy extensions, such as uBlock Origin, containers, privacy badger, Canvas Fingerprinting, etc. and DuckDuckGo for the search engine. For email, you can use Thunderbird, ProtonMail, and Tutanota, etc. This would allow you to use some of the Google products, but limit how much information and search trends are being logged onto Google's servers. When uploading information to Google Drive, you can encrypt it using VeraCrypt or Cryptomator so that you can remain private.
You do not need to sacrifice your convenience by ruining all of this. It is possible to enhance your privacy and security at the same time by limiting what you do and do not use from Google and then encrypting the information that you do input into Google. I still support the de-Google trend, so that we can make a statement and hopefully make a notice to improve the privacy concerns that Google holds. One day, we will have our privacy back, but it will not be today.