What are the real risks to having a google account?
June 10, 2014 12:44 PM Subscribe
What are the real risks to having a google account? What are the benefits to staying out of Google's ecosystem that outweigh the inconvenience?
posted by Naib to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
After reading through this FPP
about G+ and the various ways in which it sucks or doesn't suck, I considered my own internet presence. I have basically everything on my google account and it's hella convenient. I understand that they target ads to me and make money off of that, somehow.
What I don't understand is, besides the slightly weird feeling of having someone looking over your shoulder in that way, what are the risks to me? Am I setting myself up for some kind of exploitation or failure by not using my own email service, or keeping my appointments off gcal? I have read some of the previous askmes about alternatives but they mostly detail what to do once you've decided to leave google, and I'm trying to understand that decision.
I have no idea how worried I should be about the fact that a company knows an awful lot about me.