Migrating Away from Big Tech: My Software Dev Approved Personal Preferences

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Since I’m a instrument developer and I consider in our proper to unfastened speech, I’ve gotten many family and friends asking me about the best way to transfer off of “giant tech” platforms.

I’ve individually began shifting off of “giant tech” platforms as a result of I are not looking for those platforms to have such a lot energy to censor speech. I’ve at all times been afflicted via how a lot energy those firms wield, however till now they have got introduced sufficient worth to justify their use. Now that equation has shifted, and I individually do not need to toughen them anymore.

These are one of the crucial services and products and instrument I’ve shifted to and I moreover indexed one of the crucial services and products I thought to be however may well be higher for you. Not the entire possible choices are “best possible” and issues I completely love.

However, my function is to suck much less and damage the monopoly on my information those services and products have. So I nonetheless would possibly use some “giant tech” services and products however my function is to seriously prohibit those in my existence.


A large supply of monitoring and knowledge assortment comes from our telephones. This used to be one the primary spaces to take on. I take advantage of an Android telephone so I determined to switch to an open supply model on Android that eliminates all the Google Play services and products that carry out monitoring and different services and products. This is usually a tough activity, so ask your native techie for lend a hand should you have no idea the best way to flash a telephone.

My Choice: CalyxOS

CalyxOS is an open supply model of Android with Google Play Services changed with MicroG. When you take away Google Play Services a lot of your cell apps would possibly not paintings. MicroG provides a stand in substitute for those services and products with privateness of the consumer in thoughts. This we could many well-liked apps paintings whilst nonetheless keeping up privateness to your software.

Thus, CalyxOS provides you with a excellent mixture of safety, privateness, and contours. Not the whole lot works completely however CalyxOS offers me a combination that I’m more than pleased with. And an ideal facet receive advantages is I am getting most probably two times the battery existence on my telephone now on account of the entire monitoring mechanisms which were got rid of. Device toughen on CalyxOS could be very restricted so if you’ll’t set up it, check out Lineage OS.

Wider Device Support: Lineage OS for MicroG

Lineage OS is a extra mature fork of open supply Android and thus helps many extra units. So if you’ll’t get CalyxOS put in check out Lineage OS.

Lineage OS will also be put in with Google Play Services, however that more or less defeats the aim of migrating so I like to recommend attempting the MicroG variant.

Best Security and Privacy: GrapheneOS

If you wish to have to have essentially the most safety and privateness then opt for GrapheneOS. However, many well-liked programs is not going to paintings. With that stated, there are nonetheless a large number of apps that do paintings. So when you’ve got decrease expectancies, GrapheneOS is also an ideal are compatible.


I’ve been a large fan of Gmail for years however it’s at all times been creepy that they scan your mail. So it is time for a metamorphosis and it is time to prevent feeding the set of rules.

Note, converting e-mail addresses is usually a massive activity. To lend a hand within the migration you’ll setup GMail to ahead to a brand new deal with. I’ve been doing this till I will transfer my e-mail deal with over in all my accounts.

My Choice: Zoho Mail

I did not need to get caught on any other provider with an e-mail I will’t transfer round so I determined use my very own area title and I sought after a provider that supported that. I additionally sought after a provider that did not make me the product and thus did not promote my information. Lastly, I wished a excellent mixture of options like a calendar, contacts, and so forth. Zoho Mail looked as if it would test the entire containers and I’ve been lovely proud of it to this point.

Most Secure and Private: ProtonMail

If you wish to have the mail supplier that focuses maximum on privateness and safety then cross with ProtonMail. It does now not have as many options as Zoho however some options like a calendar characteristic are in construction. So if you’ll wait and need to be essentially the most personal, this one might be for you.

Hipster of Email:

Hey supplies a recent tackle e-mail and is in point of fact cool. While they are not excited by privateness, I’m 99% positive the corporate that constructed Hey, Basecamp, would by no means promote your information. So I’ve sturdy urge to be a virtual hipster right here. However, they do not toughen customized domain names but. But since I now have my e-mail on a customized area, after they do toughen this selection, it might be a very simple transfer. And if you do not need a customized area, this can be a cool position to move.

Search Engine

My Choice:

While I’m now not the most important fan of Microsoft, the previous few years they have got advanced massively on many stuff. They appear to be much less most likely than Google to promote your information as a product, they’re much less biased than Google, and Bing is a gorgeous excellent seek engine. So total Bing is a smart compromise for seek and just about replaces Google one for one.

Privacy Choice: DuckDuckGo

If you wish to have essentially the most privateness DuckDuckGo is the best way to cross. However, at the backend DuckDuckGo makes use of Google seek, so you’ll nonetheless get the unfairness of the Google Search engine.


My Choice: Microsoft Edge

Again now not the most important fan of Microsoft, however they have got been killing it in recent years and MS Edge is a superb instance of that. It comprises extra privateness options than Google Chrome and just about all works the similar.

Privacy Focused: Brave

If you are privateness and safety centered then Brave is a superb choice. However, I to find most of the options damage many web pages and get in the way in which so I individually do not make a choice to make use of it.

Solid Alternative: Firefox

I in point of fact need to like Firefox so much as it has a excellent mixture of options and privateness. It additionally again and again pushes the internet to raised privateness requirements. However, I’m a developer and the improvement equipment in Firefox simply don’t seem to be as excellent. For non-developer varieties although, Firefox is a cast pick out.

Note, Using Multiple Browsers: I’m in reality nonetheless the usage of Chrome now and again and the most important ache level is having my bookmarks in a couple of puts. So I’ve been the usage of to get round this beautiful simply.

The Jury is Still Out On…

Many of the next I’m nonetheless testing and have not decided on, so be expecting an replace sooner or later.

Online Shopping: (*5*)Walmart+ over Amazon Prime.

File Syncing and Photo Backup: ownCloud over Google Drive, iCloud, Facebook, and so forth.

Secure Messaging: Matrix over Facebook, Whatsapp, and so forth.

Note for Matrix and NextCloud I need to cross all in and run my very own servers. So the ones are tremendous technical choices. However, you’ll most probably discover a workforce to enroll in for Matrix and NextCloud does be offering a paid provider.

Social Media: MeWe or Gab over Facebook and Twitter. Note that Gab isn’t in point of fact running at this time and so MeWe more or less wins via default since it’s nonetheless purposeful. Parler may be down, and I need to adore it, nevertheless it did not in point of fact paintings smartly even prior to the Great Purge.

Video: Rumble over Youtube. Haven’t used Rumble a lot however appears to be the one respectable choice.



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