The Google Diet!
Google has a TON of services that are fueled by one thing only. Selling your data, directly or indirectly.
Whether that's a good or a bad thing is up to you. But if you decided that you rather not do business with Google, what are the alternatives?
You've got two options here basically.
- Use a different e-mail service (like live or yahoo mail).
- Host your own e-mail inbox.
We feel like #1 doesn't really solve the problem, but only moves it around. So we went ahead with #2.
Some options to look into for that are:
- Rent a dedicated e-mail server from a hosting company you trust.
- Rent a VPS and set up the mail server yourself. Pointers: ISPConfig, postfix, dovecot, Thunderbird
- Purchase a small server and set it up at home. Requires a stable internet connection and power supply. Pointers: Proxmox, TKL, Raspbian
For the options where you manage your own servers, do not forget to back up your data regularly!
Gtalk / Google Hangouts
The issue is pretty much the same as for Gmail. Gtalk and Google Hangouts uses XMPP at it's core for chatting, like gmail uses e-mail.
- Use a different service, like Jappix.
- Host your own server. (Try any combination of servers and clients you like. We like ejabberd with Pidgin / Xabber)
If you're looking for video conferencing try https://talky.io/
Usually integrated in Gmail, but this is more prominent when you sync your contacts with your phone.
- Google Drive / Docs
- Google Analytics (try piwik)