HOW TO LEAVE GMAIL and lessen Google's surveillance of your conversations, habits, connections
"No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself." ― Friedrich Nietzsche
“Google, Amazon and Facebook have become synonymous with even more sinister aspects of Big Brother: censorship, sharing personal data, invasion of privacy and surveillance.” nbcnews2020Aug
At some point, we all thought Google was cool and free email was awesome, until we learned how much censorship, filtering of information, and surveillance we were getting “for free.” Here is how to leave GMAIL (or other email) and back-up/archive your previous messages.
I just had to do this myself to avoid having to pay Google $160 for a business email (actually 2 accounts) account that I’d rather not use anyway, especially now that Google has become the Big Brother of censorship and surveillance
1. NEW: Get a new email somewhere else, such as ProtonMail
2. FORWARD: In your old email account, have all your incoming messages forwarded to your new email
3. IMPORT: If you are using ProtonMail, select “Import via Easy Switch” as in this diagram; this will import your old emails
4. CANCEL: Cancel (and/or ignore) your previous email service
5. ADVISE+UPDATE: Tell your contacts and update your info at your accounts for banking, utilities, credit cards, mobile apps, music, etc
Now be happy that even if you’re paying for email at least you have less surveillance and more integrity in your life.
Remember what Nietzsche said:
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." ― Friedrich Nietzsche
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