There are two reasons to change from google. The first and most important is that it is now being run by social activists, who have no qualms about closing down your accounts. The war we are in is fourth generation, real, and primarily for the hearts and minds of people.
I have used Google products for years. I was an early adopter of Android. My worry is that the company is now moving beyond utility. I have seen the same thing happen with Microsoft, Apple… and Canonical and Debian. (there is a reason my linux boxes run Fedora or Arch based distros).
The simplest thing to do for mail is run your own server. I do, but you need a backup, because webhosts get attacked. In fact, I think you need two.
You need an account for your friends. I suggest you use ProtonMail. It is secure, not in the USA, an app is available for your phone, encrypted and they have good help.
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Secondly, if you receive email from an unknown or unverified source that contains a link or attachments (particularly if the attachment is a zip file), do NOT click the link and do NOT open the attachments. You can mark the message as spam to send future messages from that sender directly to your spam folder.
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So before going to ProtonMail, go somewhere like tutanota and set up a backup account for rescue. Don’t use your backup account much.
Start using your new email for friends. Leave gmail alone to collect trash. Don’t kill it: just do not rely on it. In particular, don’t open links from it.
At the same time:
- Switch the default search engine to Duck Duck Go
- Set up a gab account
- Tighten your facebook profile to friends only
- Use vimeo or vid.me for viewing music: use gab TV for creating such
- Talk to the IT people at work and use their recommended products for work email and no other. Then you are not liable for sharing confidential documents.
Finally, never use work email for anything personal. Work emails can and will be asked for under official information acts in NZ, and discovery in lawsuits in all countries.
Google is getting fragile. It is time to make the move away from them before they hit the proverbial iceberg.