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I don't like it when advertisers know me too well, I resent it.
I was looking at a product on Ebay, a very obscure but readily available phone, and then I started seeing ads for it all over the internet. Well I'm never clicking on those ads, it's none of their fcking business what I was looking at on Ebay, they can fck off.
My advice to advertisers would be this: if you're going to advertise to me, just give me some random ad, quit trying to act like you know me, we're not friends. Surveillance advertising? Could you f**kers be more creepy? I don't think you could, but I don't want to know. I don't do my shopping at the CIA, and I DON'T BUY FROM SPIES. Alright?
Android is Google, and while I know Blackberry has the best encryption, I don't care for all the Google apps that come factory installed. Are you able to uninstall them with Blackberry? I can't on my regular droid unless I root it, and I don't know enough about that to risk bricking it. The best I've been able to do is disable some of them...I still use YT, though, so I have to keep that, mail and Google Play Services, even though I've disabled and blocked Play Store and all the other apps I don't want. I just wish I could completely uninstall them, as anything Goog has a tendency to turn itself back on.
Yeah, that's true, Android is Google and I'm not thrilled about using it even when secured by Blackberry. My own phone is running Blackberry 10 OS, but that's not going to be supported for much longer. It's also the newest BB that has a removable battery, and that's the ultimate privacy feature.
I don't use third party apps and I don't use data, just talk and text. There are a number of apps that come pre-installed, like Facebook and Twitter, but they can be deleted.
One of the things BB lets you do is monitor the activity of your apps, so if you have one that's misbehaving you can get rid of it. The only app I've had misbehave is Skype, it never stops doing things even when it's closed, it wasn't easy to get rid of either, I had to do a security wipe of my phone to get rid of it.
Basically the only other option I know of is to replace Android with Linux Ubuntu phone OS. Naturally the app selection isn't the same, but it's Linux, so it should be reasonably secure.
My phone is my computer at the moment, it's all I use. I had looked into a linux phone, but they were discontinued. I see I can use Ubuntu without rooting, but that means I still cannot uninstall the Google apps. As it is, I can at least disable almost all of them and have managed to override the built-in permissions for the few apps I do use and the built-in ones I have not been able to delete. I can monitor what is running, I have run into a problem determining what exactly some of the OS apps do, however.
Just for kicks I'm using my BlackBerry Z10 to reply. I just got this one today from eBay for the princely sum of $45 including shipping.
Cool. I'd already figured that if I ever can get a BB I'll have to go that route, too.
One of the Z10's little party tricks is it has a micro HDMI port, so you can plug it into a tv. Later models made that function wireless, which is more convenient, but it's more common to find a tv with an HDMI port than one that supports Miracast.
So if you plug it into a TV... you can watch videos from the net on your TV?
Yes, the sound comes through the TV and everything. All you need is a micro HDMI to HDMI cable.
From the article linked above:
WHAT DOES YOUR DATA FILE HOLD? GOOGLE VS FACEBOOK
Every search made - even if it's been cleared from your browser or device history
Every event in your Google calendar - including whether you attended
Every location you have visited - including how long it took you to get there, how long you stayed and when you left
Every image and file you have downloaded
Every file you've ever uploaded to Google Drive - even if they've been deleted
Every Google Fit workout you've done
Every photo you have taken - including metadata on where and when it was shot
Every ad you’ve ever viewed or clicked on
Every marketing topic that might interest you - based on factors like your age, gender, location and web activity
Every app you’ve ever searched for, installed or launched
Every YouTube video you've ever searched for or watched
Every email you ever sent or received - including deleted messages and spam
Every Messenger message you have sent or received
Every Facebook friend you have connected with
Every Facebook voice call you have made
Every smartphone contact
Every text message sent or recievd
Every phone call made or received
Every file you have sent or receieved
Every time you signed into Facebook, and from where
Every stickers emoji you have ever sent
Android tracks your every move.
It slows your device?
I'm just floored by the sheer amount of information being amassed on us.
It wouldn't make a lot of difference. I saw where a reporter found out his city was photographing residents a few years back, so he filed a FOIA request for all pictures of him and his family...there was one of him and his daughters getting out of his car in the driveway in his subdivision...wtf?!
Smart is a better word than cheap!
You bet. I am the kind to see if there is an easier way to do something. I mentioned that to my SIL and told her I was lazy, and she told me I was efficient. Sounded much better, and thought I'd pass that along.
Bastards! Well not that I search who knows what.
My main computer course has been Chromebook since 2012, I guess I'm screwed 👻
I don't use Google Chrome...and I use Apple products.
Never said I expected anything for free. Tracking your searches is one thing, though, scanning files on your computer quite another, imo. I don't even use the Chrome browser, was simply passing along the information for those that do and may not be aware of this, as it is a relatively new development.
I did verify the information and your article adds no new information to mine. The article I linked mentions that it was announced in Google's whitepaper...something that few, if any, ever read, particularly when updating software they have used for years. And that is precisely why I made the post, to inform people. There were any number of articles I could have posted that gave that same information, I chose this one simply because it listed exactly what both FB and Google have on file about their users.