Skip to comments.How to 'Divorce' Google
Posted on 04/03/2013 8:31:32 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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.
Google was the home page for all my devices. I changed them all to either Good Search or bing yesterday.
“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.
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.”
Well right there, Tom Henderson proves himself an idiot, and I can ignore his advice.
If you’re concerned about privacy issues so much that you “divorce” Google, yet you Facebook - then you definitely have issues.
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.
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.
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.)
What is the general Free Republic poster’s opinion on Bing?
I use Microsoft Bing as a my search engine. Maybe the lesser of two evils...
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.
Best search engine I’ve found. No tracking, no cookies, searches all the big engines, but keeps you completely out of their systems.
I still use: https://startpage.com
Secure and non-tracking.
Dogpile is a good site also.
My first thought exactly.
Also, are there still people who don't have abine on their computers?
Yep, ixquick and startpage are both excellent search engines.
Rush has been advertising reagan.com specifically for that purpose.
Ha! I did a few days ago....actually found Bing much better!
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.
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Don’t put anything on the ‘Net you don’t want to be seen.......
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.
Good Search contributes to Planned Parenthood. The left is an endless snake that creeps into every opening no matter how small.
I don’t get my religion from Google, so it’s all moot as far as I’m concerned.
When you sign up on Good Search, you designate the recipient charity. My designated charity is, of course,something other than Planned Parenthood.
When I need info, I “bing” it. Haven’t used google for years and never missed it.
I also use startpage.
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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. ;-)
What about us Google Hater Haters?
Buy an Android phone. Google will know EVERYTHING about you.
Do you use a credit card, a supermarket “club” card? The bank, the grocery merchant know more about you than Google every will!
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.
There is InPrivate Filtering in IE as well. Chrome calls it Incognito.
No FB here. No LinkedIn or Twitter, either. And most definitely NO gay Amazon.
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.
You don't have to wait for a couple of decades - learn how to do it now here: Deprogramming Liberalism.
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.
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.
“There is InPrivate Filtering in IE as well. Chrome calls it Incognito.”
I got a bit too cheeky....’internet exploder’=IE
I missed that - LOL!
You need to try Foxit.
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!
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.