I guess sorry for google drive users.
Verkar vara gott om nördar här! Någon mer än jag som använder /e/os i sin androidtelefon? (Jag har en Fairphone 4) #degoogle
Nevertheless, it is likely things have changed.
I recall, receiving any unlock (even their temporary unlock) used to also allow you to sneak into your developer options and unlock the OEM.
Doing some searching that seems to have changed in my region.
That said, the European Union is looking better every day. Because here in America, corporations seem to be more than human (super human with more rights than human).
Google Is Always Watching! 🤯 Protect your online identity by dropping Big Tech and creating a Tuta account today: https://tutanota.com/big-tech-alternative?t-src=m 🔒
👉 You can follow our YouTube channel for more #Shorts: https://www.youtube.com/@TutaPrivacy/?sub_confirmation=1 ❤️ (But we still love Mastodon the most!)
Setting up a #pihole
What #blocklist do you use and which ones do you recommend?
Yesterday, I have installed our pi-hole and added the lists as you can see in the picture.
Are there any improvements or concerns about that configuration?
Mas eu estou contente. GMail vai morrer em 2024, pelo menos para mim.
The five (5) apps are my T-Mobile Spam Sheild, SD Maid Pro, Naver Smart Keyboard, Calculator Plus, and Microsoft Bing Wallapers.
Of those 5 apps, only 1 is listed as using GSF (google system framework), and that is T-Mobile Spam Sheild.
I would be open to alternatives to these five.
I didn’t realize how crappy is the #YouTube experience until they just cancelled my premium subscription because I wasn’t paying enough apparently.
It’s like TV! 50% ads, 50% content, it’s horrible!!!
Looking for alternatives to use on my TV now. I guess an Apple TV and Odyssey would make sense.
One (forced) step further on my #degoogle path.
Jak wiecie, startujemy z projektem dostosowywania telefonów z Androidem do normalnej pracy bez szpiegowania i bez reklam, zarówno starszych modeli - które będą też naprawiane (refurbished, wymiana baterii, zbitej szybki, portu usb itp.) - jak i nowych. Będziemy instalować alternatywne systemy operacyjne i dostarczać wolne od śledzenia usługi online jak chmura, office, email. A w zasadzie Wy będziecie, fundacja będzie koordynatorem.
W naszym pokoju na #Matrix przygotowałem małą ankietę, w której możecie określić (przez załapkowanie) jaki macie telefon/tablet lub jakiego producenta by Was zainteresował.
Zapraszam do głosowania oraz dzielenia się uwagami i pomysłami:
Edit: wyjątkowo proszę o podbicie 🚀 by rozeszło się jak najszerzej po polskim #Fediwerse
The unprecedented level of data collection and surveillance we often encounter raises significant concerns about personal privacy. It's a clear reminder of why we need to strive for digital independence and consider #degoogle efforts seriously. We must consider moving away from dominant tech companies like #Amazon, #Apple, and #Facebook that often appear implicated in controversies about data use.
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With some of the Black Friday sales dropping on Proton mail, Ente (photo backups), simple login, and others - I'm strongly debating cutting most of my ties with Google.
My thought is that if I pay money for the product, then maybe I myself (and my data) will be somewhat more private?
Has anyone else gone down this path? Lessons learned/suggestions?
I'll ditch my Chromebook eventually, but I was gonna wait until it died of natural causes to avoid making e-waste. But if Google disables my ad blocker, that might be the end.
I'm disgusted that Google can just unilaterally change the rules for this physical device I bought and there's nothing I can do about it except get a new computer. Never again.
Edit: yes, I'd rather convert it to Linux, but they make that annoyingly difficult, and the whole point of this device was to be easy.
I have disabled so many system apps within my Google Pixel 7, that the only Google app running is Webview.
I think this is as close to De-Google as I can get without first unlocking my phone and flashing a new ROM.
The only undesirable issue is the 3rd navigation button (the square button), which would allow me to switch easily between apps, is not working. I have the app enabled (obviously) but it is likely tied to something else.
"Universal Android Debloater "
This is the tool I used to help de-Google my Google Pixel 7.
It was originally developed by a user going by the name of "0x192" A new developer has forked it, by the name of "rigyes06" and they seem to be doing a fairly good job.
This is the power of open source. Where on leaves off, another can pick up and improve upon something.
Przyda się też w nowym projekcie #ReUse starszych telefonów i wgrywania im nowych wersji systemu.
Minimizing (as much as possible) my digital footprint to all nasty services. I #degoogle and #delinkedin myself (I had forgotten how many accounts I was using) and I feel good! Thank you @Em0nM4stodon @madargon for helping with their posts on these issues :D Let's get our #privacy back! (As much as we can anyway)
There are a number of good reasons to download and store #Youtube videos locally for offline viewing:
- curating a playlist for kids/family
- no internet access
- #adblocker and extensive tracking
- organizing a clutter-free collection without algorithm-based videos, trends, shorts
- preservation of videos that could be taken down in the future
For these use cases I highly recommend TubeArchivist - it's like your own Youtube on your NAS.
#Cloudflare often blocks my ISP connection on websites that use it, so why would I trust #CloudflareFonts? This #CDN gets zero approval from me. If anything, this #web #fonts service just creates yet another pocket for cache *alongside* #GoogleFonts (that majority of websites were brainwashed to use already). If it's what to #DeGoogle is, then I suggest avoiding extra hops and using #BunnyFonts instead.
👋🐰 Embrace the #Bunny!
Took one more step towards degoogling my life and finally left GoogleFi. Giving US Mobile a try and it should be cheaper to boot.
Ok next question on my #degoogle journey.
Do you guys have any recommendation for a Cloud Storage provider?
I do intend to play around with self hosting, but I would also like to have some reliable cloud storage provider. Ideally with the following features:
- Good android integration (can sync photos automatically for example)
- Able to be mounted on Linux/Mac
- Privacy/Security focused
Continuing my #degoogle quest, I get to Drive, Docs, and the rest of Google’s #office suite. As a prolific writer and a grad student, I generate a lot of text documents. I’m also a spreadsheet power user, and I need a good place to store, organize, backup, and share those documents.
Ideally, I’d love to use #FOSS for all my essential day-to-day tasks, but this is a hard one for me. Google’s office suite is excellent, I’m used to it, and it’s very well suited to my needs. I might experiment with some alternatives, but for now I think it actually makes more sense for me to stick with the corporate cloud. 😕
I need a new cloud based authenticator app.
I started with Google Authenticator and installed 2FAS, only to discover it is backing up to Google Drive. —I believe that defeats the purpose. 🙄
Does it have to be cloud based?
Yes, the cloud is arguably safer than me. I tend to use more than one device and in the past, manually syncing them was a headache. I'd do one and forget to do another or need to do multiple devices and merge them if I could.
@plexus At https://repo.prod.meissa.de/meissa/lineageos-fairphone we offer a verified step by step howto. We use this howto for our installation-service (offered only in germany).
So the howto works & having a no self paid spy in our pockets is quite cool 🙂
For question regarding apps feel free to pm.
I used to use #GoogleMaps on my iPhone without attaching it to my google account. Since I have gmail app it knows it’s me, but would ask if I wanted to continue anonymously or connected to my account.
As of tonight, it no longer asks. Google Maps just connected me to my account… unless I choose “incognito mode”.
I’m not sure what, if any, significance there is to all this. But I don’t like it #Google
Any #degoogle suggestions for iOS (other than Apple Maps which might become my default now)?
Sunday is not sunny, it is a great time to improve my #DeGoogle :-)
I just installed @FreeTube on my computer to replace YouTube. No more tracking and ads from Google :-). This app includes Sponsorblock too. I was able to import my subscriptions and history.
A step more to close my #google account :-)
It isn't easy to #degoogle and might not even be practical depending on your needs, but it is certainly possible. Also reducing your dependency to Google already improves your privacy. It's not just black and white.
Będziemy zajmowali się dostosowaniem wybranych modeli telefonów do nowych (dla nich) wersji systemów operacyjnych: /e/ Os, Lineage Os, GrapheneOs i Sailfish Os, a także "refabrykacją": wymianą uszkodzonych elementów oraz baterii.
Całość będzie #degoogle-owana, chmurę dostarczy projekt Nextcloud, resztę potrzebnych usług fundacja.
Ruszamy niebawem, by z pierwszymi egzemplarzami zdążyć przed mikołajem albo gwiazdką.
Osoby zainteresowane współpracą w tym projekcie prosimy o kontakt :)
W planach powstanie kooperatywy spółdzielczej zajmującej się tematem refabrykacji i dostosowania dawnych flagowców o nadal wspaniałych parametrach, ale porzuconych przez producentów (stary Android, bo nowy tylko w nowych modelach, masz je kupić!).
Noch mit Google-Android, aber wenn die /e/OS-Version für das Fairphone 5 fertig ist, kommt das drauf und Google runter.
Welp, it took a year but I've finally changed the email address for enough accounts that my gmail email address is officially retired and I'm forwarding future emails to my protonmail account (via a simplelogin alias). I'd still like to download all the emails left in my gmail archive and delete everything, but that's a project for future Karstan. #degoogle
@dymaxion The fix is simple:
* Install add-ons/extensions like https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/invidious-site/ or https://libredirect.github.io/
* Cancel YouTube subscription
* Live happily without ads and tracking.
I can be and I am willing to pay for a service to not be bogged down by ads and tracking. But I will never ever trust Google to really care about my privacy. They are consistently trying to privacy washing their business misleading users they care about your privacy. So I do all I can to avoid using their services as much as possible. They don't deserve their users and their trust how they have behaved the last 10-15 years.
I've been using Fastmail on my own domain for years, and my time has been phenomenal from the initial migration to right now. Virtually unlimited email aliases, iOS push support with Mail.app (not very common these days), Bitwarden integration, macOS and iOS profiles to quickly set things up and a bunch more. Not an ad. For people trying to Degoogle, here's my referral link, which will get you 10% off your first year: https://ref.fm/u27772440
#Fastmail #degoogle #gmail
I have mixed feelings about Google Pay. The dream behind this product is to make wallets obsolete, to make payments trivial across every app, and to protect banking details from third parties. For me, GPay can’t replace my wallet, which makes the NFC payment feature worthless. The online benefits are actually pretty nice, though. My main objection is that the purpose of GPay is not to help me. The design of the app makes it clear: Google’s priority is to access my purchase and banking records, to use that knowledge to build out their profile of me which they share with third parties, and to push me ads, coupons, and promotions. They’re trying to pull the same trick the banks did, to intermediate every purchase so they can get a cut and access valuable financial data. But why should I participate? I get so little out of it.
#degoogle #google #gpay #googlepay #nfc #banks #banking
What do #degoogle phone users use for note taking? org.billthefarmer.notes 'Notes' app keeps stripping newlines from my .md format notes and I quite enjoy not having all my notes be an extremely long run-on line
ELI5 why there don’t seem to be any alternatives to Gmail and Google Calendar that are at least as good as that combo? I’ve tried Proton and Fastmail, and both are *radically* worse at search and missing features I use in Gmail daily. If search engines like Kagi can give us good search with privacy, why hasn’t someone done good email+calendar with privacy?
I would love to switch, but not enough to lose functionality (I’m not seeking a debate on that point).
For now, I’m using #DuckDuckGo as my #Google #Search replacement. It’s not amazing, honestly, but it’s good enough. By comparison, Google Search has been getting worse. It’s so commercial and gamed by SEO that I sometimes struggle to find impartial information. I was also very upset by the introduction of the #Bard #AI Search tool. I used it for a while, and I’m now very confident: I don’t want that, it makes Search worse, and I’m embarrassed / concerned that they would test something like that publicly. Overall, I feel like Google Search has an agenda now, it’s not for my benefit, and I don’t want to participate in that.
I never would've guessed 2023 would be the year I both quit Twitter AND fully switched all my Chrome stuff back to Firefox, but here we are. As of today, I'm fully Firefoxed (again, after becoming way too lax over the last few years).
To hell with Google taking over everything.