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How to 'Divorce' Google
Newser ^ | 04/02/2013 | By Evann Gastaldo

Posted on 04/03/2013 8:31:32 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

(Newser) – When Google's controversial privacy policy went live, Tom Henderson "divorced" the company. A year later, he writes in ITworld, things are going just fine. "I'm in a much happier place. It can be done." Here's how he did it:

 

While using these alternate services, he always pays careful attention to terms of service and privacy policies, blocking scripts, and erasing cookies as he goes. "Google and SEO and tracking have soiled the web in unbelievable ways," Henderson writes. Online data gathering has become "pervasive," and "Terms of Service privacy invasion and data sharing are now so wide-spread and out-in-the-open." The only way to change that is to starve companies like Google of fuel, aka our personal information. Click for Henderson's full column.

 

 


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KEYWORDS: google; ihategoogle; ixquickcom; usestartpage
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For all you Google Haters out there.
1 posted on 04/03/2013 8:31:32 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Google was the home page for all my devices. I changed them all to either Good Search or bing yesterday.


2 posted on 04/03/2013 8:32:46 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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BFL


3 posted on 04/03/2013 8:33:32 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: HokieMom

“Google was the home page for all my devices. I changed them all to either Good Search or bing yesterday.”

As did I.

And I have also printed the list of all those companies devoting their time to political issues instead of striving to give the customers good product at good value...and I no longer shop there.

Surprisingly, I really don’t feel the diff - Google et al are not really needed. Never were.


4 posted on 04/03/2013 8:35:26 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Responsibility2nd

I upgraded my Adobe Acrobat when it prompted. The very first effing thing it did was install that Commie Google Chrome shit. It delinked any functionality from Outlook Web links and some other nuisance problems.

I patched it from MS, and I have vowed to read EVERY upgrade narrative I see from now on.

During the removal process, it came up with a Google screen asking why I was doing this. I replied “You are a bunch of Commie f@cking bastards and I hope you die.”


5 posted on 04/03/2013 8:35:57 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Responsibility2nd
When Google's controversial privacy policy went live, Tom Henderson "divorced" the company....For social networking: Facebook for friends and family....

Well right there, Tom Henderson proves himself an idiot, and I can ignore his advice.

6 posted on 04/03/2013 8:36:14 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Responsibility2nd; Shimmer1
I first heard of DuckDuckGo yesterday.
7 posted on 04/03/2013 8:37:15 AM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Bingo.

If you’re concerned about privacy issues so much that you “divorce” Google, yet you Facebook - then you definitely have issues.


8 posted on 04/03/2013 8:38:31 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I used to have a scanner that picked up remote and cell phones years ago. Besides the neighborhood drug dealer whose calls always went something like, “are you holding?” Most people’s lives are pretty boring when you listen in. Even the sheriff freqs were boring then again I didn’t live in South Central.

They could read my email and it would bore them to tears.


9 posted on 04/03/2013 8:39:02 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

bfl


10 posted on 04/03/2013 8:39:33 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: Da Coyote

Yes, there’s lots of good coffee in the world. No more Starbucks or McDonalds! I wish I had known Best Buy was on the bad list before I purchased my last laptop.


11 posted on 04/03/2013 8:41:07 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

12 posted on 04/03/2013 8:41:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: HokieMom

I love Good Search—it’s been the only searcher I’ve used for several years now. It’s never let me down, and Second Amendment Sisters has gotten several nice checks from them.

(If you list your “charity” when you first sign up with them, they throw a few pennies your way every time you use the engine. We gotten several checks from them, not big, but every little bit helps in an organization like SAS. I do remember that one check was a bit over $100, though.)


13 posted on 04/03/2013 8:42:49 AM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: Responsibility2nd

What is the general Free Republic poster’s opinion on Bing?


14 posted on 04/03/2013 8:43:28 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I use Microsoft Bing as a my search engine. Maybe the lesser of two evils...


15 posted on 04/03/2013 8:43:57 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: Responsibility2nd

Thanks. I’ve been exploring ways to get rid of google with a minimum of pain. Already using Bing, but want an email server that respects privacy. Not really interested in always broadcasting my political persuasion to any stranger or vendor, so not interested in reagan.com. But I would suggest to this person that he think twice about keeping Amazon. In my mind, they are in cahoots with google. I’ve had an unpleasant run in with them being careless with my privacy when they suspected I was not liberal. Beware.


16 posted on 04/03/2013 8:44:34 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Responsibility2nd

17 posted on 04/03/2013 8:45:44 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: HokieMom

Best search engine I’ve found. No tracking, no cookies, searches all the big engines, but keeps you completely out of their systems.

https://www.ixquick.com/


18 posted on 04/03/2013 8:46:14 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
It was easy to remove google form the control panel and remove it in manage search engines. Not so easy to get it out of firefox. Google is about as invasive as a colonoscopy.
19 posted on 04/03/2013 8:48:56 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Mamzelle

I still use: https://startpage.com

Secure and non-tracking.


20 posted on 04/03/2013 8:51:59 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Dogpile is a good site also.


21 posted on 04/03/2013 8:53:57 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Responsibility2nd; Alex Murphy
If you’re concerned about privacy issues so much that you “divorce” Google, yet you Facebook - then you definitely have issues.

My first thought exactly.
Also, are there still people who don't have abine on their computers?

22 posted on 04/03/2013 8:54:54 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: George from New England; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Yep, ixquick and startpage are both excellent search engines.


23 posted on 04/03/2013 8:57:27 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Mamzelle
...but want an email server that respects privacy.

Rush has been advertising reagan.com specifically for that purpose.

24 posted on 04/03/2013 8:58:55 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: HokieMom

Ha! I did a few days ago....actually found Bing much better!


25 posted on 04/03/2013 8:58:57 AM PDT by caww
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To: Gaffer
During the removal process, it came up with a Google screen asking why I was doing this. I replied “You are a bunch of Commie f@cking bastards and I hope you die.”

Hah! I did something like that a few weeks ago. Like you, I installed some Adobe update and did not notice that it also loaded in Google Chrome (it was buried down there in the fine print. I could have checked 'no, don't install', but I didn't notice it). I don't remember exactly what I wrote for the reason for my uninstall -- but it definitely was along the lines of 'you are a bunch of privacy infringing commies...'
So they have at least two people calling them out as the commies they are.

26 posted on 04/03/2013 9:02:10 AM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Thanks for the post.

Google Employees - It Gets Better
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pYLs4NCgvNU

Google Chrome: It Gets Better
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAKtEI7PBho

15 Major Brands That Unabashedly Support Gay Marriage
Business Insider ^ | 03/27/2013 | Laura Stampler
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3003316/posts

27 posted on 04/03/2013 9:04:05 AM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Don’t put anything on the ‘Net you don’t want to be seen.......


28 posted on 04/03/2013 9:11:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Responsibility2nd

What we really need to be concerned about are the backroom deals Google is making with Obozo and the rest of the security state. I’m sure they already have unfettered access to our lives but Google is making it that much easier.


29 posted on 04/03/2013 9:36:28 AM PDT by Richard_Stairs
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To: HokieMom

Good Search contributes to Planned Parenthood. The left is an endless snake that creeps into every opening no matter how small.
http://www.goodsearch.com/charitylist-p33.aspx


30 posted on 04/03/2013 9:36:28 AM PDT by gibsonguy
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To: Responsibility2nd

I don’t get my religion from Google, so it’s all moot as far as I’m concerned.


31 posted on 04/03/2013 9:40:24 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: gibsonguy

When you sign up on Good Search, you designate the recipient charity. My designated charity is, of course,something other than Planned Parenthood.


32 posted on 04/03/2013 9:40:51 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

When I need info, I “bing” it. Haven’t used google for years and never missed it.

http://www.bing.com/


33 posted on 04/03/2013 9:58:20 AM PDT by SuzyQueIN
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To: George from New England

I also use startpage.


34 posted on 04/03/2013 10:11:38 AM PDT by upsdriver ( Palin/West '16)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Google is hardly the only one gathering your information. Download Ghostery and you'll find that virtually everywhere you go on the internet the same twenty or twenty-five trackers are sucking up info about you.

Ghostery allows you to stop trackers and bugs. But it isn't fool proof. Many advertisements also track your movements. Learn to use your Hosts file. It is part of the Windows OS and allows you to block advertisements, much malware, and keeps you from accidentally stumbling into many toxic sites. To learn more about Hosts go here: SomeoneWhoCares

Divorcing Google is not an option for me, because I like to use the best of things available, and Google does some things best. Fortunately, you can still use many Google features without allowing them to map your life. Chrome is by far the fastest browser on my primary computer system, with the fewest glitches. Chrome does not send your movements to Google, except for when using the address bar as a search feature along with the suggestion service. This can be turned off, if desired.

The Google search engine is by far the best available, with many unique customization features which I use regularly. For routine searches StartPage uses Google results while blocking any tracking and providing proxies to anonymously visit sites through - nice added touch. IxQuick is a sister engine with its own results - again they promise no tracking and offer proxies.

Learn how to edit your browser cookies. This very important. Cookies are necessary for login sites and some in-site features, but many are just for tracking. Limit your cookies to the sites that you need them for and block the rest.

Learn how to clear your history folders - there are lots of them. They can be used for tracking by revisited websites and downloaded programs as well. I use Free Internet Window Washer

Learn how to edit your Startup configuration and browser add-ons, because many of your downloaded programs and add-ons start automatically in the background of your OS or browser, collect info and send it out. If this author isn't being careful with these, he probably isn't as divorced from Google as he thinks he is.

Also, learn how to edit Services in Windows. The OS itself keeps Microsoft informed about you to a certain extent. This can be minimized with appropriate Services edits, as well as limiting the abilities of many programs from automatically gathering info.

Don't ever download anything from Softonic - they are even worse than trackers. For some reason they show up high in searches for many utility programs. I don't know why they are not flagged as malware. Maybe they pay off the search engines.

To learn about the above things try a Google search - using StartPage, of course. ;-)

35 posted on 04/03/2013 10:12:41 AM PDT by DeprogramLiberalism (<- a profile worth reading)
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To: Responsibility2nd; a fool in paradise

What about us Google Hater Haters?


36 posted on 04/03/2013 10:13:49 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Buy an Android phone. Google will know EVERYTHING about you.


37 posted on 04/03/2013 10:22:18 AM PDT by DeprogramLiberalism (<- a profile worth reading)
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To: DeprogramLiberalism

Do you use a credit card, a supermarket “club” card? The bank, the grocery merchant know more about you than Google every will!


38 posted on 04/03/2013 10:23:44 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Saw the TED presentation on “The Internet Search Bubble,” and it was www.duckduckgo.com from then on. No tracking, no add ons. The only time anything follows is if one makes a purchase online. Recommend using ‘private browsing’ in Mozilla, or ‘inprivate browsing’ in internet exploder.


39 posted on 04/03/2013 10:33:38 AM PDT by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: petro45acp

There is InPrivate Filtering in IE as well. Chrome calls it Incognito.


40 posted on 04/03/2013 10:39:09 AM PDT by DeprogramLiberalism (<- a profile worth reading)
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To: Alex Murphy
Well right there, Tom Henderson proves himself an idiot

No FB here. No LinkedIn or Twitter, either. And most definitely NO gay Amazon.

41 posted on 04/03/2013 10:43:48 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

I agree.

Stay off social media.

Let the 10 and 20-somethings who obtain all their info from there hear it from the progressives.

You can convert them after they’ve voted Democrat for a couple decades.


42 posted on 04/03/2013 10:47:37 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation
You can convert them after they’ve voted Democrat for a couple decades.

You don't have to wait for a couple of decades - learn how to do it now here: Deprogramming Liberalism.

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Here's another security tip: Don't ever download browser toolbars. Many are almost impossible to get rid of (use Revo Uninstaller to be sure) and track everything you do in your browser.

43 posted on 04/03/2013 10:52:46 AM PDT by DeprogramLiberalism (<- a profile worth reading)
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To: Lx

Years ago, we overheard the DA and judge planning a boys’ weekend “camping” trip. Wished I had the nerve to call their wives to clue them into how much of their kids’ college funds were going to be spent on Debbie and Lulu and what services, in great detail, they’d get in return.


44 posted on 04/03/2013 10:56:40 AM PDT by bgill
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To: DeprogramLiberalism

“There is InPrivate Filtering in IE as well. Chrome calls it Incognito.”

I got a bit too cheeky....’internet exploder’=IE

Cheers


45 posted on 04/03/2013 10:59:26 AM PDT by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: petro45acp

I missed that - LOL!


46 posted on 04/03/2013 11:02:42 AM PDT by DeprogramLiberalism (<- a profile worth reading)
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To: Responsibility2nd

47 posted on 04/03/2013 11:08:36 AM PDT by stylin19a (obama - Fredo smart)
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To: Gaffer
You are still using adobe acrobat?

You need to try Foxit.

48 posted on 04/03/2013 11:09:52 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: Lancey Howard

I don’t? I’m using Vista computer and using Start page engine...also have web root and norton...is that enough?

How in the world do you guys know what’s what!

Regards,
Computer Dummy


49 posted on 04/03/2013 11:21:06 AM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Web Root is good. (Run the “window washer” every day or two.) Norton IS a virus. I would try to disnfect the Norton from your computer and load the (free) Microsoft Security Essentials. With that and Web Root you would have a pretty good 1 - 2 punch for computer security.

Also, abine is free and I highly recommend it to prevent tracking and subsequent spam.

Good luck.


50 posted on 04/03/2013 11:41:28 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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