The Hive Mind
Now I love google. I've been using it daily since the early 2000s, and I'm incredibly thankful for all the information it has given me access to throughout the years. But what it once was, is no more and what's left is more of a Hollywood-esque scenario.
We have come a long way since 1998. Google is now arguably the biggest company on the planet, and if it's not, it's in the top 5. These days though, it's not a place I typically find sufficient for research purposes. I mean, it's handy to find where the closest supermarket is, or what time the movie I want to go see is showing. But with all the money spent on advertisements, the SEO is just too easily manipulated, and with the US Government now a significant part of Git Hub, it's getting worse.
Do you want investment advice? Don't google it. Do you want multiple points of view without an agenda? Don't google. Do you want privacy? STAY THE FUCK AWAY. Same goes for YouTube, it's great but like why have we chosen this to be the only go to place for videos on the internet?
I'm sure many of you are aware of how companies make their money in today's society. Your Data and for the average everyday user, I suggest using Mozilla Firefox. Sure they aren't perfect, but at least you can block Youtube Ads with ease. The selection of extensions are really impressive and practical.
Duck Duck Go
Now I am not suggesting that you completely stop using google. Duck Duck Go isn't much better when it comes to SEO but they do give you a lot more control with how your data is being handled. Their Android app is an absolute must.
Read The Terms
No seriously. You need to read the terms and conditions
It's not fair, but that little box you click when you sign up to a website is extremely important, and companies will not take any responsibility for harm done if you click that little button and run into problems later. Thankfully here in Australia, we have Consumer Law. I love when I get the opportunity to use it in action.
I suggest getting the "Terms of Service; Didn't Read" Add-on.