Firefox is best for privacy

The article says that Firefox is the most secure. I have been using Firefox for the last several months since giving up on Google. I wrote it about here in my frustrations with Google.

Google seemed to be an incredible force until about 2010 in innovation and challenging Microsoft and Apple. I thought that it would overtake both of them, but I was wrong. I loved how they had a better grasp of the Internet, but they have a terrible understanding of the average user.

For example, I have worked with Android phones before but never had one myself. Every time I have used someone else’s android I was disappointed at the user interface and applications. Many technical people like Android, but that doesn’t say anything about the general population. Right now in Europe Android devices are losing popularity. People bought android devices due to financial concerns (the article I read said), and now they have more money they are buying an iPhone. People are only sensitive to price when they don’t have money, but when they do they switch to a better product which is clearly the iPhone.

I am not here to push the iPhone. I don’t believe in pushing products. I talk about the benefits, and then let people make their own choice. When people buy the competition like Europeans are buying the iPhone now, it must be because they believe that spending the extra money is justified. For me, I don’t try to assume what people are thinking, I just look at the bottom line which is their behavior. People buy what they think is worth it.

I think the value of Google in being free is decreasing. People have gotten many free services and things and that isn’t enough to keep their attention. In fact, having the product being perceived as worthless/free sets a low bar that they associate with your product. Everyone knows that the “free” phone they get with a yearly contract is garbage. They want something more premium and make them feel successful. I am convinced that the only way to beat the iPhone is something significantly better. Like a voice/thought activated chip that you could wear on your ear that would be the entire phone. You could play with a screen if you wanted as an optional choice. We have a screen for legacy reasons but it is not required. People would love to have a full voice interface on a phone. Why hasn’t this been done yet?

To get back to the point of privacy, it is impossible to believe that Google is maintaining privacy when their entire business is selling ads. When google gets out of the ad business it is done. Which means that its entire model is based on supporting selling user data. Apples business has never been that. Microsoft business has been selling user data, and most companies have been which is why I avoid them. I think the future is either open source, or companies like Apple that realize that people are becoming wiser about privacy and making decisions based on their right “to be forgotten”.

Apple working on environmental issues

Apple has done many socially responsible things in its past, and continues to do so. This article discusses how Apple is partnering in China for a neutral impact on paper usage.

I have shared before studies that show when a company is run environmentally sustainable they are also more profitable as well. It is also a popular idea that the business that do well in the future will have some social impact. I love the fact that more companies are being more responsible. I think they see that in a difficult business environment that they can’t always take and externalize costs but have to invest.

Isn’t it funny that what used to be acceptable for business is no longer acceptable? It used to be that you could have secret Swiss bank accounts but that time is past. I wouldn’t say that business is becoming more ethical, but they are growing up and responding to the concerns of their customers more quickly and honestly.

Take for example the recent Kraft statement that they are taking artificial dyes out of their product. They said that it was due to customer request. Isn’t it interesting that in the face of declining sales, they are willing to do this? Intuitively you would think that companies would want to keep their customers healthy, but that is clearly not the case. Is it possible that artificial dyes are not harmful? Yes anything is possible, but what is more likely? That a company will do things as cheaply as possible, or for the best interest of its customers?

I support companies that seem to care about the well-being of their customers. Apple seems to care, along with a few other companies like Whole Foods that donates time/money to charitable causes. Tesla seems to care since they are so concerned about safety. When a company goes above and beyond what is expected of them, you have to get the message that they are serious about their values and what they say.  The bottom line for me in anything is what actions people do in life. I love the fact that things are getting better, even if it is taking business a long time to recognize the role that they play.