Alternatives to Google 2019: Ultimate Guide to Degoogle Your Life

There is no denying that the convenience offers by Google ecosystem is super handy. Also, I believe so many of you are already leave social media after reading my blog regarding why I was ready to leave Facebook but not Google.

Now it is time to make your life free from Google by switching to its alternatives.

Before writing this blog, there is a reason why i did not tell you to leave Google. If i did that, it would be very challenging for you to leave Facebook and Google together.

Therefore, in the end, you would end up with using both, which would be the worst scenario towards securing your online privacy.

This is why I choose the step-by-step strategy to guide my audience on how to protect their data and stop mass surveillance by these tech giants.

As I mentioned in my previous blog that I am a big fan of Google products even after I know they collect a massive amount of data.

But everything has a limit. At that time, I was unaware of the reliable and best alternatives to Google products. Now the time has come since I finally find some great alternatives to Google products.

For this, I go one step further to explain how you can switch to alternatives to Google proficiently without compromising anything and regain your online privacy.

Form my team I requested two people “Alex” and “John” to use google apps and their alternatives respectively for three months.

This is what I found:

Life of Alex with Google Products

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Life of John with Alternatives to Google

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Best Alternatives to Google Search Engine

Anyone who is very serious regarding his/her online privacy, using the Google search engine should not be an option at all.

When you use the Google search engine, it records all the information regarding your search habits, including your search intent, IP address and creates your Google ad profile with the help of cookies.

This is why to maintain your online privacy here are some best alternatives to Google search engine:

Duck Duck Go

This search engine is the most excellent privacy-centric search engine alternatives to Google. Since it does not monitor or track users from targeting ads and share information with third parties.

Although it does record search terms only to improve users experience.

Ecosia

This search engine is a privacy-friendly alternative to Google to plant trees by donating 80% of its surplus income.

How does it work? Well, the process is simple:

  1. You use the Ecosia for search
  2. Search ads generate income for Ecosia
  3. Ecosia uses the revenue to plant trees

Read the interview with Ecosia’s team member Jacey Bingler

Qwant

One of the most secure Google search engine alternatives with ultimate privacy features based in France.

Searx

This is another great alternative to Google search engine with resourceful meta search engine.

Metager

Highly secure engine based in Germany

StartPage

Although this search engine gives you Google search results but does not track users’ online activities or collect personal information.

Most Secure Alternatives to Gmail

When it comes to providing users’ online privacy, Gmail is one of the worst product of Google. The email you send or receive on your Gmail account, all the information collects by Google.

Google can access everything that you put inside your email including text, image, attachment, personal contact and confidential information to analyze behavior and target with ads accordingly.

Moreover, when you keep logged in to your Gmail account, they can easily track your online activities since you use the same browser to search for other things.

Additionally, by tracking this kind of information, they use it for their target ads strategy. In short, using Gmail services, not a single online activities of yours is hiding from Google eyes.

Fortunately, Following are some tremendous secure alternatives to Gmail that you can use to protect your privacy:

Runbox

Offers a free trial for up to 30 days and based in Norway.

Mailfence

This secure Gmail alternative offers free account up to 500 Mb and based in Belgium.

Posteo

Provides ultimate secure mailing service from the lands of Germany and offers a €1/monthly plan with 14 days refund policy.

Tutanota

This is one of the best Gmail alternatives for small startups since it offers free services for up to 1GB.

Privacy Centric Alternatives to Google Chrome Browser

Google Chrome browser is one of the most popular browsers nowadays. The reasons for its popularity are; it is super easy to use and have massive numbers of useful and productive extensions.

Although when it comes to privacy, it is one of the worst browsers right now globally. Therefore, if you want to regain your online privacy, the following are some great Chrome alternatives:

Firefox Focus

Firefox Focus is one of the most significant users’ privacy-focused browsers by Mozilla so far. This phenomenal browser primarily develops for users who are looking for sturdy data protection.

Initially, this secure browser was only available for iPhone/iPad (iOS) users. However, the recent update comes with the new app for Android lovers.

This is one of the best secure browsers to provide data privacy and breathtaking UI interface that will sparkle your eyes.

Waterfox

Without a doubt, Waterfox browser has all the potential to rank in the list most secure browsers. This open-source browser is also a product of Mozilla.

This phenomenal browser is mainly for those users who want all the features like Firefox and Firefox Focus but do not want to lose their freedom.

However, while testing this Waterfox browser, our technical team found out that Mozilla uses telemetry process to collect user data. It means your online activities will be stored until you erase the data.

Brave

Thanks to Jonathan Samson, a genius mind behind the development of Brave browser. Personally, this as privacy evangelist, I need this kind of secure browser. It is based on Chromium mechanism that is speedy, reliable and online privacy-focused. It also contains default ad blocker, which is a great sign of providing online privacy.

The developers behind this one of the best secure browser formally worked for Mozilla. Therefore if you are looking for ultimate privacy box, Brave should be on your list.

Although, the biggest drawback of this secure browser is that it is based on Chromium structure. It means it is built on open source code that is also used by Google Chrome.

However, the security feature it provides covers all its pitfalls.

Palemoon

It seems like Mozilla has multiple options when it comes to providing browsers to its users. Palemoon is also the product of Mozilla but the design on an older version of Firefox (38 ESR).

This is why when you use it, you feel like using the old browser.

The reason why I listed this classic browser still in my most secure browser list is that it supports some old add-ons.

Similar to other secure Mozilla browsers, Palemoon is free from all the vulnerabilities that steal user’s