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Alternatives To Google? (Users Can No Longer Opt Out)

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by DRE, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Google announces new privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out


    Basically what this means is that if you have a Gmail account, whenever you do a search for something in regular google search or youtube, it will track and record everything you do if your still logged in. The finest example is YouTube. I've went from YouTube (while in my email) and noticed that Google had me logged in YouTube under my email account. Honestly, that really pisses me off because I did not log into YouTube by choice and do not want them logging me into YouTube without my permission. I basically have to log out of that google account just to log into the YouTube account I originally created before google bought YouTube.

    This is not good news no matter how you cut it because not only do they log you into the sites they bought and added to their network without your permission, they are building personal profiles with your information without your permission and you can't opt out. I am now going to search for another email provider and ads network. I'm not making much from adsense anyway so it's no sweat off my back.
  2. Trekkan

    Trekkan Well-Known Member

    Hmm.. I might have to switch from gmail... But I don't want a damned Hotmail address (or Yahoo, which I use for spam). I really hate social networking. ;) Seriously though, if I want things to be known about me, I'LL decide when that is. At least, in my perfect world I would and no one else would do it for me.

    Also looks like it might be time to create another online persona and use that for such things and youtube, etc.
  3. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

  4. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    I'm going to adopt a wait and see attitude before I start looking for alternatives. There are enough agencies taking notice where a lot of this may be dropped before it becomes an issue.
  5. Gene Steinberg

    Gene Steinberg Well-Known Member

    The problem is competing services, and who has them. Gmail is the best of the freebies, for example. Google, for my needs, is still the better search engine. Besides, don't be surprised if competitors become just as invasive.

    The key, however, is that nobody forces you to click on an ad if you don't want to enrich Google.

    For my business, we use Google Apps, the paid version, for two of our sites, so we get ad-free webmail. For other domains, we use the free version, but since I stick with my desktop email clients most of the time, I seldom see Google's ads.

    But I have no problem with governments looking into Google's affairs and making sure they don't take this too far.
  6. Trekkan

    Trekkan Well-Known Member

    Facebook? No thanks. =)

    I agree that something might be done about it, but at the same time... I'd like to make sure I start work on alternatives now. I like Google, have an Android phone, tablet, etc... however, I only like things linked, when I do the linking. I have no need or desire to tell the world what I'm eating, when I crap, etc. And the world, shouldn't care either. =)
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  7. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

  8. Trekkan

    Trekkan Well-Known Member

    So, what free email services are out there that people feel are worth using?

    You have the standards of Yahoo, GMail and Hotmail. Any others?
  9. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I agree! That's my whole point of the thread. I honestly don't think they should log you into other sites without permission. I think it's wrong and should be illegal.
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  10. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I still have other email accounts from yahoo and aim. I keep forgetting my msn accounts for some reason. Everytime I make one, never fails.
  11. Trekkan

    Trekkan Well-Known Member

    So far, gmx.com seems pretty nice.
  12. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member


  13. Trekkan

    Trekkan Well-Known Member

    Hmm, that sucks. But again, that's one persons disgruntled opinion. But, fair enough. Right now, I have all of my gmail mail, going to my GMX account. So.. still using gmail technically, but still covered so I don't lose my email.
  14. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    I'm far more alarmed considering how much Google has a footprint on the web when you factor in services such as DoubleClick or Adsense. It's like get stalked or don't use the internet at all.
  15. dieketzer

    dieketzer Well-Known Member

    gmx kicks ass.
    1. never had an attachment rejected for whatever reason
    2. i have all my emails going back over 10 years
    i use gmx via imap, so i know nothing much about the file manager/web portal/etc
    so far as the new google policy goes, i had always assumed they data-mined in that manner all along anyway, so meh
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  16. Fred Sherman

    Fred Sherman Well-Known Member

    Your own Linux server, sendmail, a domain name and an MX record.
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  17. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    Exactly, that's what I've been using. It gives me full control and I don't have to worry about any "snooping".
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  18. tafreehm

    tafreehm Well-Known Member

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  19. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Let me get some tinfoil for you guys.
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  20. Trekkan

    Trekkan Well-Known Member

    You weren't asked to agree.

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