At least once a day, someone wanders forlornly through Quora asking how he can keep Google from spying on him. Now and then, I am sufficiently moved to report “You can’t.” And this is why you can’t:
Gizmodo’s Kashmir Hill took on a “monumental challenge,” according to the latest from Forbes, of not merely giving up Google’s many services, but actively blocking all communication with every single one of Google’s services on all her devices.
In other words, Hill didn’t just stop using Google Search, YouTube, Gmail, Waze, etc., she got “the help of a Motorola engineer who designed a custom VPN (virtual private network) that restricted all of her devices — laptops, phones, smart speakers, everything — from talking to Google servers.”
The result? It pretty much broke her access to the internet.
Within a matter of hours, non-Google applications she was using phoned home to the Googleplex fifteen thousand times. And you think you can do better? See you on that uncharted desert isle.