Google knows every online purchase you ever made, every line item, the price you paid, the address it was delivered to, and so on.
Keep in mind that Facebook and Google also combine this data with offline data about you purchased from other companies, to complete the picture.
UPDATE: Here's an example of Google purchasing data about your offline purchases:
Wow I have a bunch gained from scraping my emails (there is an info icon that tells you the source). Mostly larger multinational merchants (Amazon/PSN), obviously the scraping isn't very advanced. Only covers a tiny fraction of my online purchases with receipts in gmail.
I also see a bunch of purchases made by a guy with the same name but on a different continent who frequently gives out the wrong gmail address (I get random mails from their friends from time to time). Thankfully they aren't buying uranium :P
Once again with google data collection I cant help but get the feeling that this is something that wasn't specifically designed for advertising. Why would they provide that link in the first place and draw attention to it when they could just do it behind the scenes (as Im sure the rest are)?
The data itself are your emails, which they keep because they are your email provider, and they already show them to you whenever you want them.
Which provides a very interesting workaround for google against the GDPR. But IANAL so probably I am missing something.
Seems pretty tame actually, but I also don't use gmail for my whole life.
I'm a big advocate of privacy, but I think Google is pretty open about what they do. If you don't want this, there are usually ways to opt out and still use the service, but of course you can always use something else. I've been really enjoying Proton Mail.
Where have they disclosed their deal with MasterCard?
>> there are usually ways to opt out and still use the service
Often the opt outs don't work, and these appear to be "intentional bugs":
wifi privacy intentional bug
google home bug
And the latest "bug":
In Chrome if you turn off "Allow Chrome sign-in", Chrome signs you into the browser anyway, when you sign into Gmail.
Google's "don't be evil" days are a distant memory now.
"You don't have any purchases"
Good infosec and blocking all trackers pays off.
Note that this is not the case anymore: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/technology/gmail-ads.html
We never did that for G Suite, but with this announcement we also stopped doing it for consumer.
Disclaimer: Googler working on Gmail. Please stay :-)
How does the Gmail team feel about it? It might be that the team thought that a heavier page with a mighty footprint delivers an overall better product. Or perhaps the team has an entirely different view?
His article is basically an ad for Fastmail. Whether he intended that or not, it's the impression I get. Fastmail costs about the same as G-Suite, but with less features, so it will take some will power for people to adopt his 10 step program.
That's pretty strange.
Any opinions on that?
I did so years ago (mostly for the reason of being independent of a mail
provider) but meanwhile I realized you never "own" a domain. It's always
just rented. It would be bad if someone gets in control of my domain so
I just hope this won't happen before I'm dead... And even then it could
be bad if it happens (although not for me anymore).
The last domain I tried to buy was ".codes", and within about ten minutes my domain purchase was revoked. After arguing it with Namecheap, they said that I would need to legally dispute their claim over the domain name to be allowed to purchase it.
I like to think that buying a domain means ownership, but it is clearly a rental model, and it is geared towards those that can protect that entity without competition.
I pay less than $3/month for web/mail hosting, full cPanel setup with 10GB storage and unlimited traffic.
Android mail clients however - I really wish K-9 Mail felt more modern, it's perfectly usable but the ancient UI makes it less nice to use.
TBH, other than the annoying ability to too easily swipe emails left and expose the Archive green button, I really liked the Gmail app - it was extremely fast and easy to use.
Anyone have any suggestions on a mail client for iOS? I can use the Apple one (and am doing currently), but I don't really get on with it for some reason...
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I'd happily pay someone else $5/month for a similar service, but I can't find a provider that both meets the same price point and has equal spam filtering.
But advertisements nuissance are not the reason. They are so easily dealt with by using adblock.nin some incarnation.
Rolling your own email service never seemed worth it to me. You'll have to deal with backups/recovery, maintenance, and any quirks associated with the big mail places rejecting mails from your service. I'm almost certain someone will chime with "but it's not bad!", well, it's not bad until you're on vacation and suddenly your mail service goes down and now you have to either go without mail (stuff sent to you will be rejected), or stop what you are doing to fix it.
Like google perhaps?
The pain is worth it!
Another fun tip: Enable catch all for your emails and then provide different email for each purposes, like this website can have email firstname.lastname@example.org and so on. I love to regularly see which website fucked up handling my email id and I just silently block that email in a click (and hence, much less spams).
This would maybe be excusable for a small startup, but for a company the size of Microsoft that is an embarrassing showing.
My main concers are why they would provide a free service and what security they have in place.
The only stuff that I can't let go of is Maps as the author noted, and Youtube. I'll always use the best services and I like both.
Outlook.com solves a lot of the problems the author detailed with calendar items and contacts, as well as provides the storage necessary to host your email archive.
I'm willing to be datamined, but not by one monolith like Google for every service. That's really the problem and what people feel uncomfortable with.
In general, unless you and your correspondents are using PGP or some such, your email is readable by anyone who can obtain a search warrant in the country where your email provider resides. (Protonmail may or may not be an exception ).
However there are some other worrying changes like the fact that TANs and TARs are secret and have no judicial review. Warrants (even the new computer access warrants that were passed in the same bill) have judicial review. But at the end of the day, they'd be serving a warrant to fastmail, not you.
Personally I use mailbox.org, and one of the really nice features is that you can give them a PGP public key and they'll encrypt everything you receive. So in the case of a warrant (though Germany has different laws on that matter) they could, at most, get the contents of new emails.
There are a couple of things I don’t like about Posteo (as a customer):
1. It recycles deleted addresses/aliases after six months and makes them avaiufor someone else to claim and use. Ideally, this should be never done to protect customers. Fastmail also recycles deleted addresses/emails within a few months (sooner than Posteo does, IIRC).
2. It provides only two aliases in the base pricing and additional aliases (if many are required) will increase the cost. Fastmail provides 600 aliases in every plan! So if you’re heavy on aliases, Fastmail would be cheaper.
Other providers similar to this that I haven’t subscribed to, but you can read up on or try, are mailfence (has a free plan as well), runbox and mailbox.org. All of them have been around for quite sometime and also provide IMAP access (which is important if you want to migrate email content from one provider to another).
I'd be more worried about the fact that TARs and TANs have no judicial overview and are secret in a way that other kinds of warrants aren't. But then again, you aren't the one being served with a warrant.
As an Australian, I wouldn't use it anyway. Mailbox.org is better IMHO, and is what I use.
Here's a video from one of the top posters.
You can. It's $5/month and it's called GSuite. It's their enteprise offering, but don't let that turn you off, it's exactly like Google but with your own domain -- no user minimums.
If you want to transition you can redirect one email to the other (@gmail to @yourdomain, or @yourdomain to @gmail).
GSuite mail doesn't get ads and you get some extra goodies and a ton of control over your data, just as any enterprise would.
Gandi (https://gandi.net/) is an excellent registrar if you need to purchase a domain, but Google will probably also mention you can use Google Domains to purchase one when you buy GSuite. Let me know if you have any questions, I'm always happy to help people move to their own email domain; I think it's a necessity everyone should have.
Any particular reason you don't wish to use your own domain? As I said you can keep up redirects if you just can't change emails yet.
Threads have been supported since, well, decades (message-id, In-Reply-To). Most modern mail clients support displaying messages in thread format.
I originally missed snoozing, but now I just create a task any time I need to address something, or tag/flag it for follow-up.
I'm not sure what this is. Can you explain?
> I do hate that I can't just pay for gmail and avoid the crappy ads
Just shows that google thinks that displaying targetted ads based on the contents of your emails is more valuable than you throwing cash at them. That's terrifying.
They're not reading your emails, right? How else would they know this much information?
None of those things require targeting advertisements based on email content. And that's what isn't happening.
I don't think you can get more explicit than "Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change."
Yea, companies have never lied to users before, right? You're still trusting a company that is notorious for snooping and tracking folks to make a quick buck.
- timezone support is great and an explicit feature. You can pick the time zone when adding events and there is a dropdown at the top to view the calendar in the respective selected timezone.
- you can scroll the calendar view flexibly and not just switch from month to month. You can for example scroll to see half of previous and half of current month. This fills me with so much joy and I can't understand why no one else does it.
- you can't give someone else write access to your calendar. This is my major gripe with it and the reason I'm still actually using the gmail calendar in the fastmail interface.
Also, qq.com and mail.ru block mails citing IP frequency limited and spam message rejected, respectively. I've found no way around these.
I just send one personal email a day, on most days.