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?

Google search

This one is easy, https://duckduckgo.com/about. We love it! Using the Firefox add-on it makes the browser feel more powerful because of the !bangs.

Gmail

You've got two options here basically.

  1. Use a different e-mail service (like live or yahoo mail).
  2. 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:

  1. Rent a dedicated e-mail server from a hosting company you trust.
  2. Rent a VPS and set up the mail server yourself. Pointers: ISPConfig, postfix, dovecot, Thunderbird
  3. 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.

  1. Use a different service, like Jappix.
  2. 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/

Google Contacts

Usually integrated in Gmail, but this is more prominent when you sync your contacts with your phone.

Baikal works well for a server and then syncing it with SOGO-connector in Thunderbird and CardDAV-Sync as an Android app.

Google Calendar

Using Baikal again for the server, you can use the Lightning addon for Thunderbird and for syncing Caldav Sync on android.

TODO (soon™):

  • YouTube
  • Google Drive / Docs
  • Google Analytics (try piwik)
  • Android