Should I keep using Google Chrome?

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Google's front page. Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash.

It's been a good run for Google. It's served us well (for the most part) over the last many years. However, Google is starting to get old. Searches on Google for alternative browsers have increased at a very fast pace recently. I will tell you a few things today that can change your mind about using Google.

Have you ever thought about your privacy on Google? If so, maybe you should try out DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo's goal is to protect your privacy as much as possible. If you visit the homepage of DuckDuckGo it shows you a blurb about how it always protects your data. (See below.) DuckDuckGo has other advantages as well, like this blurb lists. Some of these include that it blocks advertising trackers and keeps your search history private.

DuckDuckGo's privacy policy is that they never share any of your personal information. They don't collect it either. They also don't store your search history, so they say on the site that they "therefore have nothing to sell to advertisers that track you across the internet". However, you might be thinking that you could just use Incognito Mode on chrome instead of going to the trouble of installing the add-on. However, a study from Vanderbilt University revealed that Google can still identify you, even in Incognito Mode. Reader's Digest says that "The study analyzed how Google collects data across an array of devices such as Androids and Chromebooks and services like YouTube or Google. The authors [of the study] discovered that Google can still link your identity to the websites you browsed despite being undercover in Incognito Mode. While other people using the device may not be able to view your browsing history, it is possible for your browsing history to be linked to your Google Account while using Google’s Incognito Mode. The study on Google Data Collection showed that for this to happen while incognito, you would first have to visit a third-party website that uses Google’s advertising and publisher products, and then log into your personal account on “a widely used Google service,” like Gmail. When you visit the third-party website, it sets a browser cookie that is not originally associated with your Google Account but is stored on your local mass storage. Then, by logging into your personal Google Account after visiting the third-party website, Google can connect these stored cookies (and thus, your browsing history) with the personal information in your account." Well, so much for Incognito Mode. DuckDuckGo, however, never tracks you. So, if you want to take back your privacy on Google, you should try DuckDuckGo. Add it to Chrome here:

The DuckDuckGo logo.

Do you want to help the environment? Well, then Ecosia's for you! Ecosia is an innovative twist on browsing that plants trees with every search. They don't just plant trees, however. They plant trees where they are most needed. Ecosia promises a lot of positive things, especially related to the environment. First, when you visit their site, a blurb pops up, saying:

When you add Ecosia to Chrome, it plants trees for, on average, every 45 searches you do. As of the writing of this article, a little under seventy million trees have been planted by Ecosia users. But that's not all. The way Ecosia plants all these trees is that all their profits go into it. Ecosia plants trees in places where they are needed the most. According to this map on their website, they plant trees in the following locations:

If you look at the map, you will notice that they plant trees in a lot of locations with warmer climates. These places are where trees are rarer than the rest of the world. Trees are needed here (and everywhere else for that matter) because during the process of photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide (which is what is causing climate change for the most part) and release oxygen. As you can see, planting more trees will cause more oxygen to be released and carbon dioxide taken in through photosynthesis. Because of this, it will make sense environmentally to plant more trees. If you want to contribute to the growing movement to stop climate change, add Ecosia to Chrome today! You can add Ecosia to chrome here, at the Chrome Web Store.

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