Google-Free Wednesday–Alternatives to Google Services

Perhaps it is time to remind folks that there are alternatives to Google services that are more respectful to your privacy:

  • Startpage.com for searches
  • Duck Duck Go which does not record your search history
  • Disconnect Search is a specialized VPN that lets you search privately using Google, Bing, and Yahoo search engines. No logging of searches, IP addresses, or any other personal info.
  • mailbox.org for email (see The Great Google Escape)
  • Startmail.com for e-mail (a bit more expensive that mailbox.org)
  • Omnicloud from Germany‚Äôs Fraunhofer Institute, which allows you to encrypt all data locally before uploading it to the cloud.

Many Vloggers are now scrambling for alternatives because they find themselves at risk of having their YouTube account terminated on a whim. You could be next in this distrubing trend.