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The complete list of alternatives to all Google products

By Julio Franco · 42 replies
Jun 29, 2019
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  1. Alan Coates

    Alan Coates TS Rookie

    Some commenters state no problem with g**gle tracking them and targeting them with adverts, while making no mention of the search engine's (perceived by some) ideological inclination. I'm going to venture my own opinion (I'm told I'm at least entitled to that) - the majority of those commenters are OK with all this also tend more towards one ideological outlook than the other. I object less to the tracking and ads than I do to the ideologically manipulated nature of the search results. I welcome alternate viewpoints.
  2. Danster1616

    Danster1616 TS Booster Posts: 46   +13

    I think its funny how there is not Microsoft product in this whole list!! O man the nerve... #MicrosoftForLife
  3. optimuscream

    optimuscream TS Rookie

    Degoogle Android is useless if Webview implementation is based on Chrome Engine .. it still Google on the core .. even if you use alternative browser .. CMIIW . For hardcore geek you can try Micro-G devices.
  4. loran

    loran TS Rookie

    Thanks for the List

    By the way an error, Qwant is NOT a meta search engine (except for images).
    For the rest they have their own index. Using their service since at least 4 years, they have now reached a point where I never get back to Google anymore. And actually when I am on google (on my phone for instance because of that bloody GG search bar that you cannot remove) , I find the results often not accurate.
  5. enemyinsect

    enemyinsect TS Rookie

    This article is not for you, then... so why are you here again?
  6. David Hartley

    David Hartley TS Rookie

    Another Google Drive alternative is pCloud.
  7. javierkaiser

    javierkaiser TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +12

    "Note: With the exception of Mojeek, all of the private search engines above are technically metasearch engines, since they source their results from other search engines, such as Bing and Google."

    I'm also sure that DuckDuckGo is also a search engine, not a metasearch.
  8. gc757

    gc757 TS Member

    I hear so much complaining about Google and how much money they're making... But all the services I use and information I get from Google is FREE to the public! I understand what Google does with information... AND I really don't care! All the power to them! I have nothing to hide! I wish I had had the use of Google and YouTube when I was young and going to school! Why do so many people whine about such a good and free information source? Could it maybe be because they're just envious or bored or they simply just like repeating other people's whining complaints? I'm 67 and I've learned so much via Google and YouTube. If you're a person that likes to learn things Google and YouTube are invaluable! So what if they earn money for their services??? So what if they know what you're interested in??? What do all you whiners have to hide?
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  9. gc757

    gc757 TS Member

    I totally agree! If you're so paranoid about your info then stay off the internet... That's 100% safe!
    joe1946 likes this.
  10. HyperPete

    HyperPete TS Enthusiast Posts: 72   +35

    Wow, good reading! Very thorough. Thank you.

    For searching, I tried using Startpage, but the results are terrible. I tried a specific term and got zero results. I went back to Google and found many links.
    I can enter conversions in Google and be provided with results. In Startpage, it lists non-specific results for sites that perform conversions.

    I'll keep trying other sites, but for now, at least, Google has the best algorithms and results.
    As far as all of the other google products and sites I use, I'll have to make changes over time. Hopefully, better options will become available as people become more security conscious and as time progresses.
  11. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 820   +324

    Found this https://puri.sm/products/librem-5/pureos-mobile/

    And this https://itsfoss.com/librem-linux-phone/

    And https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/linux-smartphone-operating-systems/

    There are alternatives. How viable they are compared to Android and iPhone remains to be seen. Depending upon your concerns about privacy. I'm with the point that privacy has fairly much been eliminated on the web, unless you are classified and that's iffy dependent upon the tussles between parties. Valarie Plame comes to mind. All anyone can really do aside from moving under a rock is to not be a target. Live above board. Everyone should be doing that anyway. Until the power goes out, technology is the god of this age.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2019
  12. David40

    David40 TS Member Posts: 29

    For me it's not so much privacy as it is censorship. Google, YouTube, Facebook, etc., enjoy the immunity of a carrier, but are in reality performing as publishers by controlling/editing what people are allowed to see or post. I'd like to see the government break up these monopolies, and in the meantime people should avoid using their products as much as possible.
    How about alternatives to Google's ReCaptcha
    Shadowboxer likes this.
  13. Shadowboxer

    Shadowboxer TS Addict Posts: 260   +113

    If a company develops and hands out software for free, in most cases you are actually the product.
  14. Badvok

    Badvok TS Maniac Posts: 298   +155

    A person who has a condition on the schizophrenia spectrum may experience delusions and what is commonly known as paranoia.
    These delusions may give rise to fears that others are plotting against the individual. Everyone can have a paranoid thought from time to time. On a rough day, we may find ourselves saying "Oh boy, the whole world is out to get me!" But we recognize that this is not the case.

    People with paranoia often have an extensive network of paranoid thoughts and ideas.

    This can result in a disproportionate amount of time spent thinking up ways for the individual to protect themselves from their perceived persecutors. It can lead to problems in relationships and at work.
  15. wizardB

    wizardB TS Booster Posts: 147   +47

    No, actually I stopped using google everything about 4 years ago after doing some in-depth research into their company.
  16. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,379   +1,010

    I use ONEDRIVE for my personal files.

    I use Google Drive for stuff I don't really care about others sharing and seeing.

    I have my own private NAS where THE REAL FUN begins.

    As for Gmail, it's unavoidable since I am a Youtube partner and rely on Google services for my monthly paycheck. I also have a number of Chinese companies giving me products through Google which I'm sure allows them to see my information so they can use me to advertise their products for them. Privancy on this level isn't a major concern.

    My banking apps aren't Google and are encrypted and insured.
  17. KevinIcubud

    KevinIcubud TS Rookie

    Vivaldi is a great browser alternative and FASTMAIL is a great email alternative.
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  18. hellonadya

    hellonadya TS Rookie

    Thanks for this list! It can be really useful for those who are concerned about privacy.

    But I don't think "OnlyOffice feels a bit more restricted than some of the other options in terms of features" is a fair description of the project I'm working on. It is an open-source office suite with the text document, spreadsheet, and presentation editors. It has max compatibility with OOXML formats (docx, xlsx, and pptx).

    ONLYOFFICE can be deployed on your own server and used together with its own collaboration platform (which also include project management, CRM, mail, calendar and instant messenger). ONLYOFFICE editors can also be integrated with other open-source sync and share services - ownCloud, Nextcloud.

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