As per my previous question I would like to escape Google as much as possible.
Since I realize that I can’t do this completely, I will do what I can, although some might find it pointless.
I have abandoned Gmail, so Google are no longer automatically scanning my emails. Also, Google allowed third parties to read my emails, although, in fairness, that can be turned off – if you know that they are doing it, if you are aware that it can be turned off, and if you are tech savvy enough to know how to turn it off. Anyway, Gmail left a bad taste in my mouth, so I am using my own server and reading email with Thunderbird in Windows and K9 on Android.
I also don’t like Google knowing where I am, so use an Open Street Maps based routing app (I use it so infrequently that I forget which one it is :-)
I gave up Chrome and now use only Firefox Focus for browsing, which helps prevent extraneous cookies and trackers. Of course, if I want to be paranoid, my ISP (and server through which my data passes), can harvest my data & sell it on, so I really ought to be using a VPN.
Beyond Gmail and Google Maps, the only other Google product that I use is the Google Playstore, to insurance apps (although I do give F-droid precedence, where possible).
I was thinking of factory resetting my ‘phone and reregistering at Google Playstore with a fake identity 9anfd only logging in where absolutely necessary, in order to download, and immediately logging out afterwards.
Which brings me (finally) to my question. If I wipe my ‘phone & create a fake Play Store account, will Google still recognize me? I am sure that they could fingerprint my ‘phone, maybe even read its IMEI, but what if I sold it, so maybe they just go on my Playstore account? Maybe they check if I am still using the same IMSI/’phone number?
Is this particular paranoid idea going to be off any benefit to me, or would I just be fooling myself it if I believed that it would? Let’s assume that I always browse with Firefox Focus and use a VPN.
I realize that I only spoke of my 'phone here, but all of my desktop traffic goes over VPN, and I use a bunch of privacy add-ins for FireFox)