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Rather than take a different thread further ‘off topic’ I thought I’d start a new thread.
In order to try and stop being used as advertising fodder for Google (and presumably other big search engines) I have started using STARTPAGE as my search engine (it then searches on Google for me) and I use PROTONMAIL (i/o GMAIL) and it is nice not to receive unsolicited advertising in my inbox.
I vaguely remember reading that VPN don’t protect your identity when ……. I forget, but do not provide you with internet annonimity.
BTW, PROTONMAIL, also offer a subscriber service or a free service and it icludes a VPN. The free one has a very limited choice of countries to ‘be from’.