Pushing my protection agenda and policy for Blackhatters I thought I’d urge you to make an effort to protect your self and your property from the attacker which is Google.
Our best asset is being one step ahead of Google and not taking chances by believing they cant do that.
We’ve done this many times before, we said they cant manually review the SERPS, we said they cant take down private blogs networks and we said they cant penalize websites for building backlinks but yet here we are, in a situation where all the impossible things have become a reality.
So lets not say Google cant anymore, there is nothing wrong with being paranoid and careful in this industry.
Some will believe i’m scaremongering, and I agree that this is on that level, but sometimes we should be a little scared, fear is not a bad thing, fear stops you making the wrong decisions.
Lets just honestly imagine that Google will snoop in yours or your link seller’s Gmail, will track IPs across WMT accounts, will use GA data to see where your traffic comes from and will use Chrome to identify you as well as blackhat communities you belong to.
Its a scary thought, right? So this is the time to get one step ahead of Google and begin protecting ourselves before they start gearing up and up-scaling their tracking of our activity.
An alternative to Chrome is obviously Firefox, however im not 100% sure we can trust a company who accepts money form Google. You can install lightbeam to see who is tracking you too https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/lightbeam/. *EDIT* I was alerted to this privacy browser through twitter https://www.whitehatsec.com/aviator/
If anyone knows an alternative to Firefox which is very privacy focussed that would be good.
An Alternative to Gmail is to buy a domain and use that domain for email, then you control it yourself.
Alternative to Google Drive is mega.co.nz, created specifically to protect your files, it encrypts them and gives you a key, even mega.co themselves cant access the files.
An Alternative to Google DNS is Use OpenDNS or an alternative:http://www.opendns.com/home/
A message to Blackhat Blogs, Forums and Communities
Going into 2014 this is all extremely important and I believe all Blackhat website and forums should also begin thinking about outlawing the use of gmail on registration and urge members not to browse their content using Chrome.