Ditch Google Chrome
by tuxsudo (tux.pizza)
When you want to search for something on the internet, do you say, “Bing it” or “Yahoo! it”? Of course not. You say “Google It,” right? Google has become a verb in our language.
But Google is not a good company. Rather, Google is a creepy, data-hungry, people-manipulating, government-colluding monster. If you care about freedom and privacy, you should distance yourself from every one of Google’s products.
Let’s begin by looking at how Google started. Then we’ll examine how it makes money by harvesting your data.
In 1995, Stanford University received a grant from DARPA, the CIA and the NSA to fund a coordinated effort to build a massive digital library. The goal of this grant? To track like-minded people across the internet and identify them from the digital fingerprints they left behind. Two of the computer scientists who worked on this project were Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Three years later, they co-founded Google.
It seemed harmless enough. Provide a search engine that gives the user a better user experience, while giving companies an extremely effective do-it-yourself advertising method to target potential clients with tremendous accuracy.
But these weren’t simple ads. To target these ads specifically to you, Google needed to gather a lot of data about you. The more data they collected, the more precisely they could target you, which in turn increased your chances of clicking on the ad. They only way they could get companies to pay for ad space is if the ads were successful in getting clicks.
How did Google gather information about you? It started with the search engine. Every search you made and every subsequent click gave them more and more data.
But the ads themselves track you. How so?
Countless websites host Google ads, and each of these sites will load a third-party cookie onto your browser, which then follows you through the different sites you visit. Most sites use some Google product, whether it’s Google Analytics, Google Fonts, AdSense, or YouTube. Each of these products can see the cookies on your browser. This allows Google to effectively track your online activities.
Today Google offers a myriad of products, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, Google Calendar, YouTube, Chrome, Android and many more. Each of these products is a Trojan horse, meaning they are specifically designed to spy on you. This is, in fact, their primary purpose. Google can see all your information, read all your emails, look at all your photos, and download all your files. They know where you are every second of the day, who you meet with, who you talk to and what you say. (Yes, the CIA got a great return on their investment.)
To be clear, Google’s desire to give advertisers an extremely effective way to target you with ads is not the only reason Google is collecting your data. As the saying goes, “Information is power,” and in that sense Google is the most powerful company to ever exist.
So what are some of the more nefarious ways Google uses the data it collects?
For one thing, the Google search engine doesn’t just provide you with organic search results. It also shapes and controls these results. To what end? To control what people think. Google is a radically political and activist company, and it has the power to shape public opinion by the results that searches generate. A recent article in Real Clear Politics says, “It has long been feared that Google, which controls almost 90% of U.S. Internet search traffic, could sway an election by altering the search results it shows users. New data indicate that may be happening, as . . . Google search visibility for Breitbart first plunged in 2017, before falling to approximately zero in July 2019.”
For another thing, YouTube, which is owned by Google, is one of the main tools of government censorship. This was on full display during COVID, when YouTube silenced doctors and scientists who spoke up against the accepted narrative. It suppressed discussion about the lab leak theory of COVID, the superior effectiveness of natural immunity, the effectiveness of Ivermectin and the ineffectiveness of face masks.
Also, consider that:
Google complies with 70% of all government requests, which was a staggering 192,000 in the second half of 2022 alone!
Google reserves the legal right to close your account for any reason, which means that all of your precious data can disappear instantly.
Google colludes with governments to limit our freedom.
So what can you do to avoid Google? Simple: Find private alternatives to Google’s products.
DeGoogling yourself is the act of removing Google services from your life and replacing them with alternatives. The first (and arguably easiest) change you can make is your web browser, which is how you interact with the internet.
You are most likely using the Chrome browser right now. Yes, Chrome is made by Google, and yes, it is tracking and recording everything you do online.
So ditch the Chrome browser for a more private and secure browser. We recommend the Brave browser. It’s fast and reliable, and it doesn’t contain Google spyware. It also includes a built-in adblocker and has strong privacy settings.
To install the Brave browser on Windows or macOS, just go to brave.com and Click “Download Brave.” Once it downloads, click on the installer to run it, and follow the instructions.
To install Brave on your iPhone, go to your App Store and search for “Brave.” It will be titled “Brave Private Web Browser.” To install Brave on your Android phone, look for “Brave Private Browser + VPN.” Make sure the publisher is “Brave Software.”
Once you install the Brave browser, it will ask you if you want to make Brave your default browser, which you should do. If it doesn’t ask you, open the “Settings,” then click “Make Default.”
Now, let’s talk about your search engine. Your search engine is a tool that your browser uses to search the internet. Again, it is not wise to use Google.com for your search, because it spies on you.
The good news is that by using the Brave Browser, your default search engine should be Brave Search instead of Google. So by using the Brave browser you are getting rid of two methods that Google uses to spy on you. Brave Search is just as comprehensive as the Google search engine.
In future articles, we will discuss additional ways that you can DeGoogle yourself and exit the corporate/government spy machine.
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