I have to laugh when I hear comments in the news how big tech companies are censoring certain people and specific speech.
You tend to only hear about problems when it affects the politicians, which makes me laugh even more.
Problem is these and many other privacy invasions and losses of freedoms are much more serious than just affecting politics and our government.
For over a decade I have not used Google search or any of its services.
When Facebook/Twitter and the other so-called social media sites popped up, I knew right away what was going to happen and why I have never used their services.

What happened to personal responsibility and respect for our country and privacy in every aspect?
This problem goes way beyond politics and interference by foreign countries...it is integrated into almost every company, both software and hardware.
What happened to the people who owned and worked for the companies years ago who wanted to provide something to the consumer they could use, WITHOUT any interference, tracking, or control over the user?
Today, these companies/programmers often argue why they do this is because it is easier for them to setup and update things because most people don't understand how to trouble shoot and fix problems that arise.
They also say the consumer won't take the time to learn how to work with a product or take the time to back up the data.
Basically these software programmers/owners think people are just too stupid and lazy to get it right.
Now most people will wonder exactly what I'm writing about or think I'm just talking through my hat...

Let's start with Google.
I hear lots of concerns on the news and by people how this tech company is trying to take over and control nearly everything.
Here is one way they are doing it that I have never seen explained in the news.
I'll use Google and Bing search engines for the same search word - TREE.
Then I'll click on the same link site - wikipidia...Now both search engines will take you to that specific site BUT Google is using a completely different process. You see this path line in your browser for both Google and Bing - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree.
BUT use the right click then copy function and you'll get completely different initial path.
Google first takes you through their server so they can track what you searched and where you go.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwin4-LlmsTsAhVabs0KHZyjA_AQFjAMegQICxAC&url= https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FTree&usg=AOvVaw3IGF59fHNLkGNQ_VxaLjuk

Bing takes you directly to wikipedia without taking you through their server and tracking you. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree

Why would you care?
What's the harm?

You shouldn't care because of just this one example with just one company but because every company is either or will eventually take away all of your privacy and take over the complete invasion of every aspect of your life.

Next Google example.
Lots of websites use Google ads.
Again, this allows Google to track where you go and what you are buying or looking for.
Just because you jump to a different website doesn't stop Google from following you.
At this point they aren't able to determine EXACTLY who you are but the more services you use, and applications you download from them will give them more access into your computer.
What's to eventually stop them from doing what hackers and viruses do which allow them to gain access into your personal computer files?

Then there is Google mail.
People like it because it is a "FREE" service - HA!
Don't be fooled!
What irritates me the most about these so-called "free" e-mail services is they don't pay any attention to the spammers, scammers, hackers, who use this free service.
Try contacting Google mail or other free service to complain when you get spam through G-mail or other free service.
I just got another spam mail and they are using G-mail.

I pay for my mail service, so I have no patience for freeloading people who think they are using a free service - it is invading my world and privacy when you use those services.

Another service Google offers other web pages is CAPTCHA - that little box you have to fill out to prove you are a human.
It isn't obvious that some of these CAPTCHA functions on different websites are controlled through Google but they are.

I use CAPTCHA with my guestbook and message board to stop hackers and scammers from posting their crap on my web pages.

The big difference is that I set up my own CAPTCHA on my site and don't use any other service or company for this feature.

Now to show how entangled and intertwined Google, Facebook and other tech companies are lurking around trying to work in your browser and other programs on your computer - there is a little system file Windows uses to allow or block access.

It is called the HOST file.

This is the default file with very little information:
# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# localhost
# ::1 localhost

Here are the restricted addresses I added to the HOST file.
# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# localhost
# ::1 localhost

# block omnipage www.kofax.com kofax.com cdn.cookielaw.org sjs.bizographics.com script.crazyegg.com

# block doubleclick ad.doubleclick.net adclick.g.doubleclick.net

# block facebook www.facebook.com/tr facebook.com/tr facebook.com m.facebook.com login.facebook.com www.facebook.com blog.facebook.com apps.facebook.com static.ak.fbcdn.net www.static.ak.fbcdn.net www.login.facebook.com fbcdn.net www.fbcdn.net fbcdn.com www.fbcdn.com static.ak.connect.facebook.com www.static.ak.connect.facebook.com

# block all facebook facebook.com/tr facebook.com m.facebook.com login.facebook.com www.facebook.com blog.facebook.com apps.facebook.com

# block google googleleads.g.doubleclick.net

# block all google ads.doubleclick.net s.ytimg.com ad.youtube.com ads.youtube.com www.gstatic.com gstatic.com clients1.google.com dts.innovid.com googleads.g.doubleclick.net googleads4.g.doubleclick.net pagead2.googlesyndication.com pixel.moatads.com rtd.tubemogul.com s.youtube.com s.innovid.com pubads.g.doubleclick.net ssl.google-analytics.com www-google-analytics.l.google.com stats.g.doubleclick.net clients.l.google.com pagead.l.doubleclick.net www-googletagmanager.l.google.com googleadapis.l.google.com s0.2mdn.net googleads.g.doubleclick.net ad.doubleclick.net files.adform.net secure-ds.serving-sys.com securepubads.g.doubleclick.net s.youtube.com apis.google.com 2975c.v.fwmrm.net static.doubleclick.net googleadservices.com ad-g.doubleclick.net ad.doubleclick.net ad.mo.doubleclick.net doubleclick.net googleads.g.doubleclick.net pagead.googlesyndication.com pagead1.googlesyndication.com pagead2.googlesyndication.com www.googleadservices.com youtube-nocookie.com www.youtube-nocookie.com analytic-google.com www.analytic-google.com www.googletagservices.com fwmrm.net innovid.com 2mdn.net fwmrm.net innovid.com 2mdn.net

When you get those annoying ads that pop up while browsing, or all of a sudden you see something you looked at to purchase on another site - it's because of just some of these sites used by the big tech companies to track you and sell you stuff, and worst of all to invade your privacy.

If you study the different sections I have above you'll see Omnipage as one of them.

Many years ago after updating my Omnipage OCR software program, it started trying to connect to the Internet which I noticed by accident one time when I didn't have my Internet hooked up.
I would get a number of pop up boxes trying to connect to sites that had nothing to do with Omnipage. So I copied those addresses and added them to the HOST file and after that Omnipage never tried to connect to the Internet.

Using this updated HOST file I now get popup boxes on some websites that will tell me I'm blocking part of their site so it won't function properly or at all.
Other sites will still work but at least I don't see those annoying ads or what I last purchased or looked at.

It isn't just big tech that uses these services, but insurance companies, banking sites, e-bay, and many others.

To log in to a couple of my insurance or banking sites, I have to reload the default HOST file, restart the computer and then I'll be able to login in and access those company sites that I do financial business with which is truly amazing and absolutely irresponsible that they allow these big tech companies to track what financial or businesses I use for personal purposes.

Basically I think their tech support departments simply have ignorant workers or somehow these companies are paid by the big tech to use these invasive services.

I have been planning to call these companies and ask them to explain to me why they use these tech companies invasive services to see what they say.

Once I log out of those sites, I reload my updated HOST file with the restrictions and then restart my computer so I don't get all of those annoying ads and invasion of privacy when I browse the Internet.

If I can set up my own web page without using the services or programs of Big Tech, then certainly the companies I do business with can also control and maintain their websites where I access my information.

I have often wondered if and for how long the Ag companies that provide GPS mapping services and technology, have been, or will eventually be secretly capturing all of your data and field activities that you think are only provided to you with the access.

I showed the old Microtrak technology feature down below and at that point, the companies and programmers hadn't yet thought of ways to steal your data and invade into your privacy...but it was just a matter of time.

What is really confusing to me are the politicians and people who object to the Big Tech invasion, yet they still use their services.
If everyone would stop using Google or Facebook or other services that censor speech and only donates to one political party, they would either have to change their ways or go out of business.

There are still some other options to these particular big tech companies so you don't have a reason not to switch.

For those of you who like the censoring or political donations because you are on the "same side," don't be fooled, it won't be long before your rights, privacy, and freedom of speech are restricted.

We need to stop the companies now that insist on this complete invasion and take over.

We use to be able to purchase a computer program on a disc and then install it and use it when, as much or long and how we wanted to use it...and could easily re-install it if you got a new computer or your hard drive would fail.

We could control the installation and didn't need a connection to that software company through the Internet to use it.

Now, for the most part, you can only download the software from the company and have to pay a yearly subscription fee...and even though you install it on your computer, at least part of the functions work off the company's server or won't function at all if you don't have an Internet connection.
WHY? because they want to know what you are using the software for, when, how much, what type of data you create, and then probably are or will eventually secretly track/store your data on their site to use for whatever they want.

Remember when Bill Clinton's administration took Microsoft to federal court in 2001 when they integrated Internet Explorer into the Windows operating system?
Even though Bill Gates was more closely aligned politically with Bill Clinton, the government was trying to stop Microsoft from monopolizing computer and Internet technology back then.

Now Big Tech is 100 times more invasive and they are openly hostile to one political party.

Power corrupts; Absolute power corrupts absolutely!!!"

When I hear people say these companies offer services for free.
NOTHING is FREE and I'm not just talking financially.

What is the price of your freedom when you lose it???

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