Let’s assume for a moment that you’re an Apple customer and you own an iPhone. Why did you choose Apple’s smartphone vs. a Samsung-something or Google Pixel or any of the communist government tracking devices from Huawei?
With few exceptions, iPhones are priced higher than Android devices, but it might be safe to assume that you bought from Apple because you value privacy, security, ease of use, resale value, dependability, and the built-in ecosystem. Why would you want to ruin that?
It takes little effort to ruin an iPhone. How? Drop it on hard concrete. Drop it in the toilet and flush. Or, just install apps from Google. There isn’t much distance between privacy and security and an iPhone that is compromised by the world’s most affluent stalker. Google.
Install Google apps and you’re exchanging privacy and security for, uh, um, well– what?
David Nield gives a list of instructions on how iPhone users can ditch privacy and security and go whole hog on the bad side of tracks, the dark side, to live on another dimension where reality looks the same but where iPhone users become Android users.
Maybe you’ve got yourself some Apple hardware, but you prefer Google’s apps and services, or maybe you just find Google a less scary Big Brother in your iPhone than Apple
I understand the need to have choice, but to consider Apple in the same vein as Big Brother is to write nonsense, think nonsense, and be, well, nonsensical.
Though both companies should inspire concerns about privacy.
No. That’s wrong.
Only one of the two companies should inspire concerns about privacy and your security. Oh, and it’s not Apple. Google makes a profitable living by taking information from you– with and without your permission– and then using it so advertisers can attempt to manipulate and influence your actions.
Does Apple do what Google does? No. Nield’s step-by-step is a good one to get everything Google onto your iPhone, but an even better How To would be the step-by-step to get anything Google off your iPhone.
But once you’re done Apple will have a little less info about your day to day life while Google might have quite a bit more.
Again, why would you ditch Apple in favor of going all in and whole hog on Google? Is it because Google makes plenty of apps for iPhone users and they’re free?
That’s just wrong.
Apple provides iPhone customers with apps that do more and provide more privacy and security– for free– so it can’t be a monetary issue. Free is free. They’re all free on both sides of the track but only one set of free apps actually remains free of cost.
Google Chrome is no better on iPhone or iPad than Safari. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are better than their Google counterparts. We can argue Maps vs. Maps, or Assistant vs. Siri, but it isn’t as if there is a giant gap between usability.
Here’s the deal in a nutshell. If you don’t mind being tracked by Big Brother, and then having the data that Big Brother captures– then mixes with other data to create an online dossier about you and your behaviors and online exploits– and then uses to manipulate, exploit, and influence you, then by all means, head Nield’s step-by-step, then go with the Android flow and stick with Google and ignore Apple at your peril.
Stick with Google and your online privacy is ruined.