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De-Google-ify your life!

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  • Last week, the EU handed Google a record-breaking €2.42bn (£2.14bn) fine for abusing its dominance of the search engine market in building its online shopping service.

    Following the EU ruling, you might be wondering what you can do to reduce your dependence on Google services and, in so doing, take steps to increase your privacy. Join us on 24 July for a special workshop where we'll be offering free practical advice for replacing (or at least supplementing) Google services with independent services which do a better job of respecting your privacy and reduce your dependence on the internet giant.

    Some examples of how you can De-Google-ify your life

    Google Chrome is slick and powerful but did you know it tracks your your activities, even when you're not logged into your Google account? The Firefox browser is developed by the non-profit Mozilla and a global community of contributors. Firefox also won't drain your battery as quickly as Chrome does.

    Uncomfortable with Google having every email you've sent or received since the year dot?

    Protonmail has been developed by scientists from CERN and MIT and is on a mission to improve the security and privacy of email without compromising on usability.

    Fed up with Google recording everything you search for online? DuckDuckGo doesn't store your personal information and won't follow you around the web.

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  • Pauline R.

    I'd love to go to this but I'll be away - I gave up Google search engine for Lent and used Duck Duck Go instead - I survived! I keep telling people that Google is not the Internet... and now they've opened a Digital Garage shop front in Birmingham...

    2 days ago

  • Andy W.

    My ancient Google Android phone, a Samsung Galaxy S(1) has become almost unuseable. Today, I decided it was finally time to move to the Cyanogenmod version of the open-source Android code, only to discover that it had all but disappeared. The code has been moved to https://lineageos.org/

    I'll need a Samsung tool called Odin which isn't available for Linux but there is a Linux tool called Heimdall that does the same job as Odin.

    July 15

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  • Pauline R.

    Winner, West Midlands Women of the Year 2016 Outstanding Contribution to technology award,... more

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