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Joe in Hazleton, Pennsylvania”I use Windows 10 and Jaws 2020, the screen reader for the blind. And for privacy, I use DuckDuckGo with Google Chrome. Is that really private, or does Google Chrome still collect data through DuckDuckGo? And is there any way to use DuckDuckGo and be completely private on the Internet. Also, I blocked a website from knowing my location. Is there any way to change that back?”
Joe, Chrome is basically built to collect data. If you use it while logged into a Google account it will track every part of your usage that it can against that account.
If you want to use a more private version of Chrome there are de-Googled versions that you can look into. The point of those releases is to give you the browser but shield you from every Google service unless you go out of your way to enable them.
You can also switch to a different browser, the Brave browser pitches privacy, theyve done some shady things in the past but the do still keep a privacy focus and theyre based on Chromium.
Firefox has dipped down to be used by just 6% of the market but it also has a strong privacy focus.
Either one of them is a far better choice than Chrome in terms of privacy.
About the website you blocked, you can click on the padlock on the address bar and there will be an option to turn it back on. Thats the easy part, the hard part is that we dont know how Jaws will read it, it likely wont say padlock but if it goes in order its between the reload button and the address bar.
Sallie in Carey, North Carolina”I have an overload of emails. I used to have a program that would sweep for any sender to purge them. I don’t remember what the program was. I now use Gmail and another e-mail program but they don’t have that feature. Now Google is telling me that I’m reaching my storage limit. Although I can do a search and then one by one delete, or select a group of those to delete them, it’s tedious. Do you have a suggestion of a better way?”
Sallie, If you search Gmail by sender (try from:firstname.lastname@example.org) Gmail will show you the first batch of results.
If you click on the select all checkbox on top of the emails it found Gmail will add a banner that will say something like 50 results selected, click here to select all the conversations that match your search If you click on that it will select every conversation (even if its 10s of thousands) and you can just click on the delete icon and get rid of all of them at the same time.
You can also pay Google for more storage if you want, but thats likely not necessary, most people accumulate a lot of junk mail.
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