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Digital Cleansing - Identifying services we use

Digital Cleansing For Better Privacy

  1. Identifying products and services we use
  2. Finding/Offering alternatives
  3. Moving to alternatives and helping my family to move as well

I will make a list of services I use or used in the past but didn't delete my account. For each service, I will look for alternatives, move my data to alternatives or deploy an instance of alternative on my server. I will use the alternatives for a while and learn more about how to use them properly. This way I will be able to help my family have a smooth transition.

Here is my list. This list may be different for you, therefore you should make your own list.
This list may get longer as I remember services I subscribed to but didn't use in a while.

  1. Gmail
  2. Google Drive
  3. Google Photos
  4. Google Contacts
  5. Google Search
  6. Facebook
  7. Instagram
  8. WhatsApp
  9. WhatsApp (Voice/Video Call)
  10. Zoom
  11. Windows OS
  12. Stock Android ROM (due to embedded Google services)
  13. Mi account (because I used MIUI Android ROM)
  14. ...
  15. Note to self: Check archieved emails to find services you stopped using and request account deletion

Now I have a "list of service to opt-out from" to help me focus better. That being said, I started to de-google a while ago and replaced Gmail with Protonmail already. If you think Google is privacy friendly and no need to avoid Google services, here is why I decided to de-google. I will start with looking for alternatives to Google Drive.

If there is any other service you think I should stay away from, you can write to comment toot.
If you have written a blog post as an answer, mention that too.
If you think some of the services or softwares I mentioned here aren't that bad and I would be better of keep using them, please share why you think so. I want to keep an open mind and look at those services from your perspective too.

Day 3 of #100DaysToOffload


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