Apple and the Google App Store recently banned Parler, and Amazon shut down social media apps, which might make you think about the power of Big Tech. In addition, the messaging service WhatsApp owned by Facebook is acquiring more of your personal data.
Click or click will shock your WhatsApp to the amount of data sent to Facebook. Now, millions of users are flocking to alternative messaging platforms such as Signal and Telegram.
There are options to replace some of the most commonly used applications and services. Tap or click here to get Google alternative search, email, messaging and more.
Alternatives to mainstream smartphones
Smart phones are arguably the most commonly used consumer technology today. There are more mobile devices than people on the planet, so you should understand their popularity.
What if you were to abandon the Android owned by Apple and Google? Lightweight phones and Blackphone are two mobile devices that focus on privacy.
“Light Phone” by Joe Hollier and Kaiwei Tang is a simple experience. No need to ignore the beautiful design and common functions, the Light Phone is designed to use as little as possible.
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On the other hand, Blackphone is one of the safest mobile phones on the market. The encryption device was created by Silent Circle in 2014 and can run on its own operating system. All communications are fully encrypted for phone and text services, and network searches and traffic are anonymous.
You can also use Linux. Fairphone, OnePlus, Gigaset and Nokia all have good choices.
Protect your search
The fact that Google has become a verb proves the popularity of the most commonly used search engine in the world. Some alternative methods value your privacy, but can still take you where you want to go online.
One of the most popular search engines for security-conscious people is DuckDuckGo. The engine avoids displaying personalized results and cannot use personal information such as your search history or location to change the results.
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StartPage is another search engine that focuses on privacy. This Dutch company displays Google search results but does not store your personal information or search data. StartPage is like a privacy filter between you and Google.
Where to spend money
Avoiding Amazon may be stricter than you think. Although obviously not shopping on Amazon.com is the first step, many other online websites also use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host their operations.
Sites such as Spotify, Airbnb, Etsy, and Pinterest all use AWS as their cloud hosting service.
Amazon’s alternative is to shop in large stores such as Target or Walmart. With a Walmart+ membership, you will get unlimited free shipping and a $98 annual fuel discount. Tap or click here to view Walmart’s membership.
This may be the best time to support local stores and grocery stores.
Social media is tricky
Because there are so many websites and services that log in through Facebook, the connection to the server is very tricky. The first major task is to get data from Facebook. Tap or click here to learn how to quickly transfer photos and videos from Facebook.
Then, go ahead and click the delete button. Where should you go?
You can start with the social media platform I created. Komando community is an ad-free alternative for people who are interested in advertising and make the most of their digital lives. Click or click here to try it free for 30 days.
Change operating system
Windows and Mac computers are not the only games. The Linux operating system has been available since 1991 and is more widely used than you might think.
related: The operating system may be more powerful and safer than Windows and Apple.
What makes Linux unique is its open source software. Since the initial development and release, the Linux community has been building on code.
Getting Linux to run on your computer first can be daunting. But unlike Windows, almost every element can be customized through different free and open source software packages.
The Deepin version is easy to install and operate. Learn how to do it here.
You can also use Ubuntu.
Although it may be possible to get rid of the influence of large technology companies, or at least minimize your dependence on them, it will be a hard work.
From social media to online shopping, the largest technology companies have firmly rooted in the structure of the Internet. Of course, there are other options, but your privacy rights may lose functionality.
You may want to get some hair growth essence first, and then try to go all out to reduce the new high-tech life.
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