Over at Gizmodo there’s a really interesting and detailed article by Kashmir Hill who set up a VPN to block all of Google’s 8.7 million IPs and moved completely to a world without Google.
Using the VPN was required as nearly every website now has some sort of tie-in with Google, and many IoT devices ping Google just to check if the internet is actually up.
Results were interesting with Dropbox not recognizing her as human, Lyft and Uber not working at all, the web crawling due to timing out on every attempt to contact Google Analytics and many other interesting tidbits.
Should you ever wonder how deep the Google hole goes, go check that article out. It’s fascinating how dependent things are on Google these days.