I just came to Linux recently and my goal is to be as private as possible. This means my searches on internet wouldn't generate advertisements on my phone. I don't want anyone talking to anyone else across my platforms except what I allow.
Bearing that in mind, I've got Zorin Pro 16.3 and banished windows from my computer. I use Firefox as my browser and mostly Brave as my search engine. I have google still on my Samsung Galaxy phone and my smart Samsung TV that's about 5 years old now.
I use YouTube on my computer and watch it on my tv. So because I have an account, to sign-in only, it brings up my videos on my tv after I've been on my computer. At least I'm figuring that's how it links the two together.
Recently, I searched on Brave for additional fonts I can install for Linux. Then today I go to my tv and after accessing Youtube one of the videos it recommended (and never before have I seen it) was a video about downloading additional fonts for Linux.
What would connect my computer, without anything google on it, and my tv.
When I set up Firefox I even went into the additional tool Firefox has to customize things and removed any google name I found.
I use Riseup and I don't work in any clouds.
My router is a Gateway router from AT&T and there's a page I can go to to set anything I want. I left the settings as they were. I hardwire my computer via a DSL line when I'm online. On my computer I have turned the WIFI off and Bluetooth is disabled.
My HP printer's info is being read via WIFI for info because I'm set up with Instant Ink. With my current setup they said they can see my printer and that it's active and counting pages like it's supposed to. When I use my printer I have to hardwire it via the port in the back.
Any ideas, suggestions, thoughts? Even if you think "well it was a fluke" please indulge me and my hypothesis about Youtube knowing my search results.
I watch internet activity closely. My last year with windows/google I fought them and avoided the top heavy, structured online computer experience windows thought I must and will follow. I stopped using their signins, etc., started using more secure search engines.....more and more I would find it increasingly difficult to do everyday tasks because a road block would be put in my way. Towards the end my bookmarks disappeared (hundreds) and after having an account with them for 20 years, and in order for them to get them back, they didn't know who I was. Months later I got my bookmarks back. The latest was all of my icons in my bookmarks were wiped out. They do and did everything they could to remind me it wasn't really my computer, they were in control of it and would govern if it was a pleasant experience or not.
Thanks for allowing me my gripe session! I want to dot my i's and cross my t's with Zorin and try to get everything set up right so I don't have to worry about what I worried about with google.