Hi frens, the other day I found out about myaccount.google.com and tbh it shook me. Look I know that big G has been collecting our infos for years now but seeing all of the info they have on you is lowkey worrying, to say the least. So now I want to be less reliant on Google and be more mindful of my digital footprint aka. me privacy and I would like some pointers and tips on how to do it properly.
PS. I’m not gonna rid myself of Google. I’ve read De-Googlifying – my journey post by redgek and In my opinion some Google conveniences outweigh the headache you’ll get without them.
So there are 4 things I want to change and it’s as follows.
Email: (biggest change for me) ProtonMail or Tutanota. Tbh I’m leaning more to Protonmail but Tutanota is cheaper. Also I saw that both offers the use of custom domains. Can I use .net or .org for my domains? How do I migrate my email? Do I have to go all of my accounts and change the email? Addresses vs Aliases?
Browser: I plan to use both Firefox and Brave. Firefox for work and everything Google, and Brave for the “new” me, new personal email, every day search, online shopping. Is this a good idea? How many browser do you use? Where should I do my social media Firefox or Brave?
Search: DuckdDuckGo or Startpage?
Password Managers: For this one I have no idea. Is it worth it? What happens when the service provider gets hacked? I’ve been a pen and paper guy for all of my passwords since high school and so far so good. I work mostly at home but when I do travel I bring the password notebook with me. (I know its stupid and dangerous to do so) Any recommendations here? If possible I’d like it to be compatible for both PC and Android.
- Bonus – News: I’ve been getting all of my news reading from Google Discover and damn I must say they do a good job at it. But with that said can you recommend any good privacy oriented news aggregation services or websites?
I think with this I should be able to lessen my dependence on Google and decrease ways of identifying me online. I’m also doing this on me phone so there is that. Looking forwards to the cool stuff you’ll share.
Edit Addendum** Adding some info here. After clicking the google link. head to data and personalization, activity controls and click on manage activity.
I found out that google tracks you WHEREVER you go. I went to China with no data plan, airplane mode, no wifi and Google isn’t even available in China but I found out that they know where and when I went to that place in China