E-mail Privacy Issues and a Microsoft Fix

There are E-mail Privacy Issues associated with Google. If you didn’t know this, Google Chrome and Gmail, and Google Apps read everything that you put in there. If you are worried about your privacy, then Google’s apps are not what you want to use because they get information from you. If you use Gmail, be aware that they actually read the contents of your mail (both sent and received, even if you aren’t a Gmail user but just sending to someone who is) in order to decide what kind of ads to serve up to you.

And their search engine, Chrome, interacts with the e-mail, which most of the time is up all day long. This ties the searches to your email account, and they read that too.

Furthermore, if you visit YouTube, they get connected to the same e-mail profile and once again that information is stored on Google’s servers.

Hotmail and Office 365

If you don’t like those scenarios, then you should give a second look to Hotmail of Office 365. Hotmail doesn’t deliver adds to you based on your content, nor does it change search results based on your email content, and your video watches don’t come into a database at Microsoft. In other words, your stuff is your stuff, not Microsoft’s.

The same goes for Office 365, which is Microsoft’s answer to app operations on the Cloud.  On Office 365, you can create

Word, or Excel information and access it from anywhere in the world. Since the information is stored on a Microsoft Data Center, it would be easy for Microsoft to access it. But they don’t. Once again, your stuff is your stuff.

This is in sharp contrast to Google’s view that they can use your content to send you ads targeted specifically to your search quests. Will this get Google into trouble? With the law? At this point concerns have been raised about what will Google do with the information, and they are trying to back stall some of the criticisms. But Microsoft doesn’t have those issues.

Download Hotmail

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Source: Microsoft Blog

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2 Responses to E-mail Privacy Issues and a Microsoft Fix

  1. Daniel Armas February 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    This is grossly inaccurate, irresponsible and border line fanboyism. It’s also the reason that I unsubscribe from your blog.

    • Swyost February 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

      How is it inaccurate or irresponsible? Last time I checked this is, in fact, quite true.  Google doesn’t even deny it.  The fact is the the price you pay for Google’s “free stuff” is giving away your privacy to Google.  Whether it is their cloud apps, their search engine, or Android, what Google does not get in direct fees, they make up in harvesting and selling your information.

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