Google Is Not Your Friend

So last week the police commissioner sent out an email to all personnel, which came from the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC). The email stated that the a-holes at Google are implementing two-step verification for all their properties. (Google Mail, Google Drive, Google Browser, etc.)

Included in the two-step verification will be a personal phone number which could jeopardize police investigations and sources. It will also be able to expose personal information of police personnel.

Open source information indicates that the access to any and all internet accounts/investigative tools which were created using a Google/G-mail account, including undercover and covert investigative tools, will be effected due to the Google two-step verification (2SV) rollout process. Furthermore, utilization of a personal phone number and/or email to resolve the 2SV rollout will pose a potential risk to personal information.

Throughout November and December 2021, Google will enroll users into a two-step verification (2SV) process in efforts to prevent unauthorized access to accounts and improve security. This will require that the phone number used to create the Google account will serve as a second step in the authentication process in order to log in.

I think Google knew this from the beginning. I also think their two-step verification has little to do with security and everything to do with collecting even more data from its customers. I wanted to post this because it’s not only police personnel who will be affected, but the country at large.

For their part, the DVIC recommended ditching Google and using Firefox as a primary browser.

5 thoughts on “Google Is Not Your Friend

  1. I’ve had a gmail acct since you had to have an invite to get one.
    A few months ago they started demanding a phone number to log into it.
    I no longer use my gmail acct. My phone number is none of their business.

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  2. I went google free, fakebook free, twatter free, instagram free, and a host of other social media crap, over a year ago. I utilize my own domain name on Protonmail, which at this point, is one of the top email providers on the planet. Everyone in my family uses Protonmail as do many of my friends. Any email between Protomail clients in encrypted. You can get a free account if you want to ditch gmail. I’m pretty sure Wyatt went to Protonmail awhile back. As long as Diego doesn’t use it, it’s got to be okay.

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  3. I use Firefox because it’s pretty much a default setting in too many systems, but the computers on my system at home all use Blaze as my browser. I highly recommend it. Excellent browser and very, very secure.

    I used to use g-mail, but quite some time ago changed to ProtonMail, the world’s largest secure email service, developed in 2013 by CERN and MIT scientists. My backup account is Tutanota. Here’s a terrific comparison/evaluation of both services from Cloudwards.net:

    “Tutanota and ProtonMail are our two top-rated services when it comes to encrypted email. They’re neck and neck in our roundup of the most secure email providers, and it’s easy to see why. Both offer excellent free plans, they’re packed to the brim with features and, above all else, they’ll keep your messages safe.”
    https://www.cloudwards.net/tutanota-vs-protonmail/

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    1. Thanks for the tip on tutanota. Might have to get a backup there. I was listening to Bongino advertise Startmail. Guess they have unlimited aliases. I never thought much about it, but I don’t even know if Protonmail has alias features. Guess I better read up on both. Oh, and I wouldn’t recommend Startmail. I tried it awhile back. Okay, but I don’t trust Startmail, they are too closely tied to Google.

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  4. Veeshir – Agreed. I don’t use Gmail anymore, because I forward the emails to my main account. F them.

    RG – ProtonMail is great. I love it. I’m not on social media, and we don’t have Chrome on our computers.

    Greg – Agreed wholeheartedly. PM is a great service, and I like Firefox too.

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