“When was the last time you spoke with your friends or family about internet privacy? Sadly, for most people, the answer is never. In general, people believe that only a small percentage of people care about privacy, and while we know that isn’t true, it is something that keeps most people from talking about privacy.” Privacy Mythbusting #1: Nobody else cares about privacy! (Umm, yes they do.)
I’ve deleted everything in my Yahoo account and closed it. I will not respond to anyone with a Yahoo account at the end of their email. I’m slowly moving away from the “Big Three” FaceBook, Google and Twitter. Maybe not moving away but definitely building and giving myself options. This is how it started a few weeks ago for me. I got my Yahoo “Terms Of Service Privacy Notice” and posted this.
I did and this is what I wrote and Tweeted back to them in segments.
“First of thank you for finally listing to your users and deleting all the “Photos” you stored. I hope they are truly deleted and not stored somewhere. I’m not aware of ever giving you permission to do that.
You Tweeted back and suggested I come here.
I am very displeased that you feel the need to scan emails related to banking and financial information, not to mention that the sites you own are allowed to scan emails, instant messages, photos, and other user data and that the agreement also says that the data may be shared with Oath’s parent company, Verizon.
With all the news about data sharing and privacy concerns(not to mention the data that has been hacked and stolen from you in the past) I’m amazed that a large corporation like yours would double down on a policy like this as if to say screw you joe blow public.
We should have an option to opt out of data sharing. Big companies like yours can still get plenty of revenue from sponsors and paid advertisement.
I would like to see you drop the law suit you joined suing California Consumer Privacy Act as Facebook has.”
Never heard anything more from Yahoo until three days ago, this was their response.
Yahoo feedback response.
So, that’s what I just finished doing today. It took me a couple days because I had to do some research and look for a new email provider. I never really gave email much of a thought.
When I first started using the INTERNET back in the 90″s I just went with the flow pretty much like everyone else I assume. What a journey it’s been, growing, adapting and watching all the changes. Those of you that are old enough, remember AOL. It was about the only game in town so to speak and once you figured out there was more things available to you trying to get out of AOL was a nightmare to say the least.
I started my search for new email searching for security and privacy in mind and had to learn what some technical terms meant like, IMAP, SMTP, or POP3 and other things. Here’s some of the articles I found if your interested. The 5 Best Secure Email Services for 2018, Best Free Email Services of 2018, List of Secure Email Providers that take Privacy Serious, A List Of Email Providers That Don’t Track You.
I’m on a budget and just want basics free email service with a reasonable expectation of privacy. If you really want to take privacy serious you can pay for it or get into encryption but that seams pretty time consuming to me, slow and every one has to have a key and be up on it. You can also go dark of course but thats slow too and you have to take a lot into consideration and make some adjustments.
Anyways I’ve got two email accounts one for the Big Three, Facebook, Google and Twitter with no contact info or personal info in the account. Another for regular email and the other social media outlets I’m on. I’ve been gradually switching, using, moving to the other social media outlet’s for awhile now, moving away from the Big Three and their tracking, censoring and spying. I’ve been on Codias for awhile now and Minds for about a month, really enjoying Minds a lot of good people and mix. Just started using Gab and joined Me We. All looking pretty good and promising. I’ve been using Opera for my browser for about a year now and loving it and also use DuckDuckGo for search now.
If you follow Tucker Carlson He’s done some good reporting on the “Tech Giants” privacy and control. Heres the latest from last night. “In recent years, the digital video monopoly YouTube, which is part of the digital search monopoly Google, has been accused of trying to silence conservative viewpoints – an accusation they deny. The digital monopolies demand that we conform to their views, have too much power and are a threat to our country.” Tucker: Why YouTube’s alleged censorship matters
I know why the progressives and left don’t give a crap or want to do anything about the Big Three.
“calling the concerns a “conspiracy theory,” even as they defended tech giants’ right to censor content on the basis of political viewpoint.
Even as they mocked conservative concerns over tech censorship as a fantasy, congressional Democrats defended tech companies’ right to do it if they wanted to.” Two-Faced: Congressional Democrats Defend Tech Giant’s Right to Censor, also Call Censorship a ‘Conspiracy Theory’
But unless ‘The People” start to take it seriously or do something about it for themselves, things aren’t going to change. You definitely can’t count on elected officials to take “Privacy” or “Personal Security” seriously, there’s just to much money on the line.
Anyway’s, good luck God Bless America and you.