Farewell Google

3 Nov 20 ~ 3 min read

My life goal is to seek and enhance freedom in all things. Governments wield a great deal of power over us. This is particularly evident during this pandemic. Within 24 hours they can force us to stay inside and permanently cover our faces. Yes, it’s for a reason, but it makes me think about my freedoms and how they can easily be removed by a powerful entity.

So, what does this have to do with Google and big tech companies in general? Well, they too are powerful entities that we provide with more and more power, by willingly feeding them our data.

What does the future look like when their power increases? What freedoms and choices could be restricted, just because I entrusted them with all of my information?

"We've spent the history of the modern internet putting more and more of our lives online. From checking in at restaurants and reviewing museums, to relying on Google to navigate us to hotels where we take photographs that we post to Facebook and Instagram, there's very little left in our lives that big tech doesn't touch. We transact business emails through Gmail, and trust Skype (owned by Microsoft) to handle our video calls with family and friends.

We don't realize that until we lose access. When key services like Gmail go down, we're left listless. And in extreme circumstances, when we're booted out from accessing services through bans, the impact becomes even more devastating."

This was taken from an article about people being locked out of their Google services for reasons beyond them. They weren't able to regain access. They lost their stuff forever.

Thinking about this scared the shit out of me. 

What if I woke up one day to find myself locked out? I use most main Google services for my business as well as in my personal life, so it's safe to say it would be devastating. This might never happen, but it prompted me to once again think about having all of my eggs in one basket, so to speak.

With all of this in mind, it's time for me to separate from Google. This has been a long time coming, but I’ve been too pampered by the convenience this tech giant provides to do anything about it, until now. 

It will be a slow process as I heavily rely on a lot of their services, but I’ll chip away at them bit by bit, replacing them with solutions that respect my privacy.

Both of these sources will help me with alternatives:

Privacy and Security Tools for Beginners an article by @Clo__S

No More Google by @levelsio

Let's see how this goes.

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