This post may seem paranoid. However, I used to have my stuff everywhere online, I was very active all over the internet, I have now removed myself to a great extent. I will not be tracked, and a profile made of me in their digital vaults. But we all need to do the same, otherwise it is pointless.
Your phone is a bad thing, Google knows too much about you. I have changed my android settings.
1. Google targeted ads as standard. To disable. Settings > Google > Ads > Opt out of Ads Personalisation
2. DNS by Google. Goto the play store and get the 126.96.36.199 DNS app.
3. Maps is always following you. Maps > Personal content > Location history to off / Delete all Location History
Google resells all your stuff. I have deleted all my google photos, drive etc and am slowly removing from Gmail
I no longer use Chrome. I use protonmail.com now for email privacy.
Facebook does the same, resells everything about you and also tracks you all over the internet.
Granted, you can now turn that off in settings, but still, Facebook is a bad thing, I voted with feet and left.
Alternative search, break the tracking
Duckduckgo is good for search, the app for Firefox stops trackers. The Duckduckgo browser for Android is good and stops trackers. Firefox also has extensions like Duckduckgo, Ghostery, uBlock Origin that block unwanted stuff. Or you could go the whole hog and use Tor Browser. I use Twitter with Tor and it is based in Firefox, so I use the same plugins, Duckduckgo and Ghostery.
Oh yes, I also have my phone and laptop microphone and camera blocked. GPS disabled by an app. (on Andriod 9, each time you connect to wifi the location goes on).
Why is this important? I might be wrong, I hope I am, but the reselling of our data is the money making model of Google, Facebook et al, I’d rather not comply. Google are also teaching AI with our actions.
Please make a choice, while you still have a choice:
Shoshana Zuboff on surveillance capitalism | VPRO Documentary: