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10. Use a VPN.
I have no clear idea how much this does to prevent Big Tech from getting all your data. But it probably helps.
Just don’t trust the advertisements that say you can use a VPN to watch Netflix libraries from other countries. This is, at best, morally questionable since Netflix users pay to watch the libraries made available in a region-specific tangle of copyright restrictions and contracts. More to the immediate point, Netflix doesn’t like it, they almost always know when I have a VPN on, and they only let me load their content available in all regions.
Anyway. Moving on.
9. Consider joining an alternate social media platform.
I don’t have a lot of insights on this topic. Just a tip, a reminder, and an observation.
The tip: Don’t believe what they say about the Big Tech oligarchy killing Parler; it’s still around, though I can’t tell you how well it’s doing.
The reminder: When they say terrible things about Parler, Gab, MeWe, etc., be sure to consider the reasoning carefully and apply consistent standards. Sometimes it’s Facebook, not Parler, that has the problems blamed on Parler; this sort of thing is probably pretty common.
Parler and other alternatives might still have all kinds of things wrong with them; I don’t know. And hence this observation, which also applies to various points below:
There’s no guarantee of escaping from evil tech platforms just by moving from the old evil to something new. The point of resisting Big Tech is not that they’re all evil and the alternatives are all good–though I suspect that in some cases, the alternatives really are much better. The bigger point is that they’re too powerful, and the evil we do know about should have less power.
Now we don’t want to give all the power to something else and risk finding out too late that it’s even eviler. A better idea is Chesterton’s: Distribute power as much as possible. In the long run, when power is distributed fairly, whatever contender is the most good will win out.
8. Use LibreOffice.
I’ve saved some money not buying Microsoft Office for my new laptop. If you access the same documents at home and at the office, my limited experience suggests that there will be no major compatibility issues in using LibreOffice Writer at home and Microsoft Word at the office. But I can’t promise anything.
7. Use the NewPipe app for watching YouTube on your smartphone.
Give less of your data to the Google monster! It’s not perfect: I find I cannot view playlists on other people’s channels. But I can make my own playlists, and this is enough for a good bit of my YouTube use.
6. Switch to Rumble where you can.
Rumble also has a smartphone app, and many of the old channels on YouTube have a sister presence on Rumble. Babylon Bee is on Rumble. J. P. Sears is on Rumble. Some philosophy education nerdface–ok, it’s me–is on Rumble.
5. Use DuckDuckGo’s browser for your smartphone web browsing.
I just switched over myself, and it’s working out well. I’m not very good at predicting the future, but there’s a good chance I will never return to regular Chrome use on my phone.
4. Use the Brave browser for your desktop web browsing.
Another switch I just made. Also working out well.
3. Quit Facebook if it brings you more stress than joy.
Towards the end, I found Facebook to be a soul-eating monstrosity. I’m happier having left and deleted my account. (Some good stuff did happen there, and I saved all my records; I even had occasion to use them!)
2. Forget whatever you need from what’s above, and make your own dang list.
The eight steps above were just borrowed from my personal experience. I don’t know anything anyway. Use your own ideas. Add them in comments! Someone might read them and use one, making the world just a tiny bit better!
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