I’m a Privacy Advocate, but I Still Use Windows 10 and Google Now | Lifehacker

I really enjoy Alan Henry’s thoughtful, reflective pieces for Lifehacker. In fact, if he ever left, he’s the kind of writer I’d look to support via Patreon or similar. I particularly appreciated this part:

After all, privacy options and script blockers are great for protecting ourselves, but they require a certain amount of savvy not everyone has. Sometimes, the problem isn’t that controls don’t exist, but that they’re buried, obfuscated, or poorly worded (see: Facebook.) You shouldn’t have to slog through a ten-page privacy policy just to know whether a photo site claims ownership of your photos. You shouldn’t have to play with a dozen checkboxes just to make sure your phone number isn’t public. You shouldn’t have to learn to code just to see if a Chrome extension is spying on you. And let’s be blunt: Many people probably don’t care enough to read, don’t know enough to understand, or see the value of their privacy to be concerned.

This is why it’s important to re-evaluate your options periodically when you’re too dependent on any one company or service, or as you learn more about their approach to privacy. We should all look for options that improve on the privacy and features of the tools we use. Sometimes a better, more secure option is at our fingertips, but passed over because everyone’s using the big-named alternative. Similarly, you should put your data—and, when you can, your money—where your principles are. Support companies and organizations that respect your privacy, and encourage the companies willing to listen to their users. Avoid, and call out, companies that don’t, and leave services that get greedy without giving you something valuable in return.