Thursday, December 5, 2013

Top 5 Reasons To Be Google Free

Let me preface this all by saying, "Yes, I know Blogger is a Google product". But Blogger's EULA and TOS is something I'm perfectly happy with. In this day and age, if you aren't reading these then you actually deserve the NSA up your ass.

On with it, then...

You NEED to know this stuff!
  1. Google Search Results Are Not What They Seem
This is the best part and where you can provide a great layer of privacy protection.

Two people can be sitting next to each other in a room and search for "Star Wars".  When you do an internet search on gØØgle the results you see are completely different than what the person sitting next to you sees.  Even if you were to both search at the VERY exact same time, what you see and what your friend sees are two different gØØgle monsters.

Your results are based on what you've been looking at on the internet (See #2 above for where they get all that info: cookies) what you have looked at on Facebook, what you've typed into the search bar and everything else you do online.

I can't explain this any better than duckduckgo does:

http://dontbubble.us/ <--This is a major eye-opener.

http://donttrack.us/

And they have way more fun and useful toys than Scroogle. :)

PLEASE, give those pages a read and be surprised at what you might learn.  It really is a quick read and it's a major wake up call.  They lay it out very, very clearly and to the point.  I promise you'll be shocked at just how bold and malicious Scroogle is.

     2. Chrome Is a Data Mining Tool

Yeah, Chrome is fast. But what exactly are you sacrificing?  It's common knowledge that gØØgle uses your personal data gleaned from scanning your email.  It stores your search terms and not only does gØØgle know every single URL you type into the URL bar, it also stores every partial URL you type.  For example, say you want to look for "Porch Carpentry" but you accidentally type "Porn...." you may notice this mistake before you even press enter and quickly press the back button to correct it, but too late, gØØgle already tracked and stored the fact that you were searching for porn.

It takes that cookie and sends it along back to gØØgle with the newly added porn search metadata attached onto your next website visit which reads where what website you came in from and what words you used to get to it.  With pornography being an estimated $13.6 to $14 billion industry, there's money to be made off your searches.

Just use Firefox.  They were there first and they will continue to be the innovators.

     3. Scripts

gØØgle is one of the out of the box browsers that simply allows scripts to be run on your browser from any webpage out there.  To the novice, this means that any script passed along to your browser can do anything from install dangerous software on your computer to simply annoying you with random popup windows to "warning" you that your computer is infected and to "click here" for a free virus scan.  Using this scare tactic, people can easily click on that "Clean your PC now" warning and bingo, they've just hoaxed you into downloading and installing malware, spyware and trojan software.  It counts on your fear, thinking that your virus software is working and that something "got by it" and you're about to fix it.  What you're about to do is damage your computer and possibly cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs depending upon the particular nastiness of the virus.

Most antivirus software out there are virus programs themselves!  Especially Norton, McAfee and some others.  They are incredible hard to remove and always seem to come pre-installed on computers unless you build your own.

Working in the industry for a few years now, I would recommend either ESET or Avast, both free.  Both of these have RTS (Real Time Scanning) abilities.  What this means is that these programs are "always up" (using very, very little memory and not slowing your computer down at all to monitor anything you might download.  Don't worry, though, it isn't sending that information anywhere other than checking it against their virus definitions locally stored in the program.

Say you download an innocent game or program, Avast or ESET will invoke their RTS and either pass or fail their test.  Pass and these get through to your operating system allowing them to be installed.  The prices you see in those links don't apply to you or I, Avast is free for home users.  You enter your email once a year and it get's renewed for another year.  It quietly updates its virus definitions on a daily basis and you wouldn't even know it's happening.  There is NO effect on your computer's performance while it's updating definitions and there's no noticeable performance hit while it's running Real Time Scanning.  It does it daily to stay a step ahead of those 14 year old kids writing all these viruses.

If what you're downloading or the page you're visiting is dangerous, you'll see this:

Harmless looking PDF you probably receive every day at work from a co-worker. Wrong, virus.
A clearly labeled Avast window, warning that the site you're about to visit is a baddie.  It also gives a warning if you are downloading something that's a virus, too.  As you can see, I'm really heaping on the praise for Avast's Real Time Scanning abilities.  That ability is the first and strongest form

The most common way through which these bad programs make their way onto your computer is through the installation of programs you choose to download!

For example, say you want to download Winamp, and awesome mp3 player.  Most people I've observed simply click on "Yes" or "Next" without really reading what you're agreeing to.

Pay attention when you're clicking through all the "Yes" and "I agree" prompts.

Check out what is buried, sneakily into Scroogles Chrome installation package:



If you pick "Quick Installation" notice that you are also allowing Chrome to install something called "Powerpack", something vague called "extra components" (whatever those are), toolbars and you are allowing it to change your home page and change your search engine.

However, start making it a habit to click "Custom Installation" and you can "Uncheck" all those extra programs.  Most people just click "Yes" and go about installing the program.  Then they open their browser and there's some toolbar at the top, monitoring all your surfing and selling it all off to Lord knows who.  So, not only is Chrome watching every single letter you type in the bar, there's another company monitoring, recording and selling that data because, hey...you allowed it after all!

See how sneaky they are?

     4. Bing Rewards

Using Bing as your primary search engine has much more to offer you than does gØØgle. From earning points for every single search you make that can be applied to entering into drawings, a new wallpaper every single day packed with awesome facts and a search engine faster and more relevant than gØØgle.  More on that (and and alternative)later.
     5. They Are Evil

gØØgle would have you believe they are "SHOCKED" that word is getting around their a glorified data mining and spying operation.  But remember this: they actively help China in keeping her citizens uninformed.  gØØgle was paid untold millions to build an infrastructure with their massive firewalls and web filters to keep curious Chinese citizens from looking at any "Chinese State Unapproved Information".

As you know, people in China are not allowed to read news outside of the State Run Media.  So what did the precious gØØgle do?  They hopped on their jets, flew over to China and built China's own little, basically information-less  internet.  Now more than ever it's impossible for a Chinese citizen to read anything that hasn't passed gØØgle's prying eyes and China's list of allowed media and television.

People looking at and reading news articles critical of China became such a problem to the Chinese government they turned to "Don't Be Evil" gØØgle.  If this doesn't make you want to turn your back on Scroogle, I'm not sure what will.

So, in closing...does gØØgle have your privacy in mind?  Why do you think those ads seem to be a bit too relevant to what websites you've been reading? Or the contents of your email?

It's because they are an arm of the NSA and one of the biggest sellers of personal information around today.
  1. Be gØØgle free.  
  2. Use Bing.  
  3. Use duckduckgo.com. 
The latter of which uses encryption when sending your searches across the internet and it also NEVER tracks, monitors, stores or in any other way gathers who you are selling it to various governments and government agencies.

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