Complete Privacy & Security Podcast E056

Complete Privacy & Security Podcast

Complete Privacy & Security Podcast E056: De-Google Your Life

This week Jason and I sit down to discuss de-Googling your life and explore alternatives to Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and more.

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Uber Breach and Cover-up Article, Uber Press Release
Google Collecting Android Location Data
Not mentioned in the show: Faraday bags
Google Privacy Policy
Apple Privacy Policy

Alternatives to Gmail

Alternatives to Google Android

Alternatives to Google Chrome

Alternatives to Google Search

Alternatives to Google Voice

Alternatives to Google Maps and Waze

  • Apple Maps
  • OsmAnd – offline mapping using OpenStreetMap, with a decent privacy policy. Available from the App Store, Amazon Apps, or Google Play.
  • TomTom with no Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity – VIA 1515M

Alternatives to Google Calendar

  • Apple Calendar
  • Fastmail
  • Thunderbird with Lightning Extension

Alternatives to Google Drive

1. Gmail has implemented “Advanced Protection”. Do you think ProtonMail will do something like this?
2. What do you think of Boxcryptor?  Am I paranoid for not wanting to use cloud storage?

The Complete Privacy and Security Desk Reference Vol. I

The Complete Privacy and Security Desk Reference Vol. II

Michael’s Website

Justin’s Website

7 thoughts on “Complete Privacy & Security Podcast E056”

  1. Interesting podcast: you totally missed any mention of NextCloud however as an open source NAS solution that does file sharing, calendar, video calling, file syncing and collaborative document creation. It’s superb.

  2. Nextcloud definitely worth checking out. A little difficult to setup your own, but there’s a VM that’s mostly plug and play and even hosted somewhere is still encrypted and not google. Chrome without the google. All extensions work. I’ve used Brave, it’s okay, but not everything works and they’ve started concentrating on their micro-payment system to pay websites instead of ads. Which is good, but just give me a browser.

    1. Thanks for the feedback on Nextcloud, guys. I will definitely give it a look.

      I understand what you’re getting at with “just give me a browser” but the operative word there is “give”. This stuff – podcasts, programs, websites – costs money to operate. Websites can make a fortune off of ads, but there are not many alternative, privacy-respecting revenue streams. I applaud Brave’s effort.

  3. Hi, Christian here from Boxcryptor.

    Thank you for a well researched podcast! You’re right: Our zero knowledge guarantee applies to the encrypted cloud files only. This is basically the purpose of Boxcryptor: We are solving the problem that someone else has your cloud data. The metadata is used to get a better insight into the usage and target audience of our software – which in turn helps us to adapt Boxcryptor to better fit their workflows.

    That being said, we’ll have a look into how we could improve our message towards “we’re zero-knowledge *for your files*” as well as being more clear in our privacy statement and technical overview.

    Best regards,

    1. Mark,
      Thank you. I downloaded Galileo and really, really like it. Unfortunately there is no privacy policy on their website. I reached out to the site and received a response that they don’t collect your location, tracks, or bookmarks, but was still given some very vague language that doesn’t make me quite confident. If I can talk them into posting a publicly-viewable privacy policy I would recommend them whole-heartedly. Thank you for the suggestion!

    2. Mark,
      I finally got an answer from Galileo regarding their privacy policy, which is hosted here:
      I DO NOT RECOMMEND this app! It runs several analytics programs including Facebook Analytics and Google Analytics. This is really unfortunate – the market needs a privacy-respecting mapping application.

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