Low prices. Google-powered Chromebooks cost a few hundred dollars. Android-based smartphones and tablets are priced far lower than similar products from Apple. What does Google get for fomenting low priced products upon the masses. You. You’re the product. Here’s how to get some of you back from Google.
To Gmail Or Not To Gmail
What most people don’t understand about Google and what Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ television commercials attempt to explain, is that you and your data are the products that Google uses to make money.
Gmail? It’s free, right? Not so fast. Gmail may be free to use, but Google has the rights to view your messages, gather information about you, use that data to target ads in your face, and sell the data to advertisers.
Can you get your Gmail back? Yes. There’s a neat Mac app called Backup Gmail which, well, it backs up your Gmail email to your Mac.
The backup won’t prevent Google from snooping through your messages, but it does give you a measure of control over what could happen to your email when someone else is the caretaker.
BackUp Gmail works in the background and keeps your messages safely backed upon your Mac.
The app costs less than $2 and handles multiple Gmail accounts, and even has a restore setting. Email messages are stored in plain text and is mostly set it and forget it.