FACTutorial: How to keep your privacy and still love Google
February 7, 2012
Google just works, that’s a fact. And Google functionality has become all-but-indispensible for most netizens.
But they’ve betrayed us, folks. We don’t matter to them. It’s just about targeting our money.
Waddya bet all those new Google updates backdoor your privacy?
Google ain’t your friend, Bunky—it’s a capitalist tool.
Google has no plans to allow users to opt of of their evil plans. But we think we can show them a thing or two about human creativity.
We don’t need to give up on what’s good about Google (well, with the exception of #4). We just need to be a bit more organised and inventive to thwart their evil plans.
Please add to this list and let us know if any of these don’t work for you.
1) Only access your Gmail accounts in an alternative to your regular browser (obviously not Google Chrome!). We like Opera http://www.opera.com/browser/. Safari, Firefox, Camino are all good choices and you’ll find the one works best for you.
2) Only access your Google Docs in a third browser.
3) Only access YouTube, Google Earth, Google Maps via an anonymous proxy, the TOR network or VPN.
4) We all may have become as addicted to the ubiquitous Google Search as that evil Facebook. Giving up Google Search is a sort of passive protest against Google’s attack on our privacy. We don’t even think your personal data is safe using Google SSL https://www.google.com/.
Switch to Startpage https://www.startpage.com/ which uses both the Google and Ixquick search engines but uses SSL, is ad-free and does not log your IP address. Ixquick https://www.ixquick.com/ itself is also a good choice using SSL for privacy.
Google is not the only game in town. Try these 170+ search engines: http://www.philb.com/webse.htm.
5) Google+? Sorry, Bunky, you’re already in privacy purgatory and just didn’t know it!
Play it smart. By keeping all Google components separated, you can’t be as easily tracked. Feel the love!