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Alternatives to Google Products – The Complete List

By Patrick following x   2018 Jun 11, 7:27am 1,061 views   16 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


Google’s entire business model is based on you surrendering to their corporate surveillance. That’s it. All they do is repackage mass corporate surveillance into convenient, free, trendy applications that suck up all your data. Your private data helps Google dominate the online advertising market.

You are the product.

The other key issue to consider here is that Google is tracking and recording your activity in order to build a user profile, which can be used for various purposes. Google has many ways to track your activity, even if you are not logged into a Google account:

Tracking through Google Adsense (all those annoying banner ads you see on most websites also function as tracking)
Tracking through YouTube and other Google-owned platforms and products
Tracking through websites that use Google Analytics (most websites use Google analytics – but not Restore Privacy)
All the data that Google collects about you is usually monetized through targeted advertising (Google is now the largest advertising company in the world). Your data may also be provided to government authorities (Google has been cooperating with governments for mass surveillance since 2009).
3   Patrick   ignore (1)   2018 Sep 25, 7:12am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Latest abuse of users' privacy:


Google's Chrome browser refuses to clear Google cookies or localstorage.

The only way to stop Chrome from spying on you is to delete Chrome.
4   NuttBoxer   ignore (2)   2018 Sep 25, 7:18am   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I like Chrome, FOR ME TO POOP ON!
5   MisterLearnToCode   ignore (4)   2018 Oct 9, 6:28pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Brave is nice but has a ways to go.

Right now it's Firefox, until Brave gets some more extensions without having to install Chrome and moving those ext.s over.

I'll be migrating from Chrome on my laptop soon.
6   curious2   ignore (0)   2018 Oct 10, 7:02am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Firefox, StartPage (formerly ixquick).


If anyone develops a phone OS not dependent on JavaScript, please let me know.
7   BlueSardine   ignore (4)   2018 Oct 10, 7:10am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I can't give up Google syncing across all my platforms from phone to computers to Galaxy tabs. Book marking a page and having it everywhere is invaluable. Another way to fight adds is to email the ad companies and tell them you're not buying their products because their ads litter your phone and you're gonna make sure your friends don't buy their products either
8   zzyzzx   ignore (1)   2018 Oct 10, 7:31am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

9   Patrick   ignore (1)   2019 Feb 4, 8:05am   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        


I’m not even going to get into all the information they gather from people who use Android phones. While I don’t believe that folks working at Google are actively trying to do harm, I believe that, due to the sheer size of the company, no one is truly at the helm and this massive organism will tend toward maximizing profits at whatever expense so I’ve decided to do my best to support the smaller alternatives that are out there.
11   HEYYOU   ignore (25)   2019 Feb 4, 11:13am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Patrick says
tend toward maximizing profits at whatever expense

Why do people hate Unregulated Free Markets?
12   Booger   ignore (2)   2019 Feb 4, 6:31pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        


13   marcus   ignore (7)   2019 Feb 4, 6:47pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

Patrick says
I’ve decided to do my best to support the smaller alternatives that are out there.

This is admirable. I'm too lazy, and I like their products. Google drive and google docs are great.

Sadly, my nature is to wait until a competitors products are good enough to try them out. By then the competitors will have had the blessings of of the surveillance state or they will later.

Why fight it ?

Resistance is futile.

14   NuttBoxer   ignore (2)   2019 Feb 5, 11:38am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I recently switched to protonmail, everything is encrypted in your inbox, and the servers are in Switzerland, so fairly private.
15   theoakman   ignore (0)   2019 Feb 5, 3:47pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I've created an alias for everything online where possible and have been using it for years.
16   Patrick   ignore (1)   2019 Feb 8, 8:30am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        


By placing a Google script or a Facebook pixel on your website and in app you pass on behavioral information of your users to these companies. This data is almost always “anonymized”, but it’s evident that customer profiles are connected to this information with high confidence, resulting in better understanding of their habits. Your usage of Google Analytics goes against the core principles of “caring about the privacy of your visitors”.

This is also true for any other third party tool that you use that processes customer data in some way — the issue of no consent aside intentional malevolence, sloppy internal policies and data breaches all pose a threat to the privacy of your customers. For (almost) every tool you use, there is a self-hosted and open-source alternative. Switch to Matomo from Google Analytics to collect and analyze visitor data. Use RocketChat instead of Slack to protect sensitive information you share within your team.

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