If you are like me, you have probably bought into the online subscription services scheme at one point or another. After all, subscription services are easy to sign up to and even easier to utilize. But, when it comes to extracting oneself and our hard earned money back from these same service providers – now that’s a nightmare!
The idea of renting something that I will never own does not appeal to me at all. Someone else is always getting the choice piece of the pie here, and it is NOT the consumer. Granted, even if a person purchases a hard-copy of software, the licence agreement is usually pretty draconian and one-sided. But, at least one has a little wiggle room in the practical application of that license.
For example, as a long term purchaser of Adobe Creative Suite stand-alone product license(s), I believed I was getting at least some value for the extraordinary prices I paid ($1700+ for creative software??). Needless to say, I ended my long-term marriage with Adobe around the CS4 days and have not looked back. Later, when Adobe went full-tilt into subscription services, I simply thumbed my nose at them, and turned to open source (free) software. My own private server(s) and open source software has heightened my sense of self-satisfaction.
I am no longer being robbed by corporate software pirates.
Yes, major corporations steal code from each other (and others), and then litigate themselves to death over it.
But, don’t you dare “steal” software from these drunken pirates of corporate greed and mayhem.
The same can be said of Apple Inc. It is easy to sign up for iCloud services, Apple Music services, and so forth. Apple will gladly take your credit card information and you will have instant results. The hard part is clawing back your data and hard-earned dollars from Apple when you decide to cancel those services. My massive photo and video collection took forever to download from Apple’s servers on a super-duper lightning speed internet connection. I am still waiting for the gigabytes upon gigabytes of data neatly stored in my Documents folder to download from Apple as I write.
I want to step off Apple’s colossal data spaceship – but the angry Steve Jobs-clones won’t even let me even cancel my subscription. Doh!
Don’t get me started on Netflix subscriptions.
Oh, the mother of all horror! Netflix customer service…the nemesis of all that is good and right! 😉
Let’s talk Google for a minute here. Have you ever tried to disappear online? You know what I mean – scrub everything and anything concerning your personhood online.
Forget about that idea – Google’s services are so twisted into the DNA of the internet and your personal devices that any attempt to extract yourself from that convoluted mess is nearly impossible.
My suggestion is to do exactly the opposite of scrubbing. Flood the inter-webs with so much personal info (true and false) that even the I SPY BOYS cannot see the forest for the trees.
If you think that individuals are safe online from the prying eyes of criminals and governments alike, you are sadly mistaken.
The notion that “if you are not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to fear” is incredibly naive.
Alas, you can figure that one out for yourself.
Outside of major data-retrieval annoyances, and gouging our wallets, online subscription services put consumers at huge privacy risks. There is no such thing as a “safe” transaction of any sort online.
It is simply a numbers game – sooner or later your credit card and your personal information is going to be compromised online.
Again, you can figure that one out on your own. 🙂
p.s. I love you ROON, but you are not getting one cent from me after my trial(s) run out.
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