Microsoft is making a few waves by pointing out the not-so-obvious. Google scroogles users by sifting through your data, gathering information about you, and selling it to the highest bidder for financial gain. You may like using Google’s free services, but there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Somehow or another we pay a price for using Google. Microsoft calls it getting scroogled.
If you’re deeply embedded into Google’s free services, here’s a simple way to get your data back. It’s a Mac app called CloudPull. What it does is simple. It downloads all your Google data and puts it back on your Mac.
Here’s what it does to your Gmail email messages.
CloudPull logs into your Google account and backs up data from Gmail, Google Contacts, Google Calendar, GoogleDrive, and Google Reader.
You can set it up to backup on a regular basis even while you use the Google online apps. CloudPull handles as many as 10 Google accounts, and can store your backup files in a location on your Mac of your choice.
Even better, CloudPull can move Google Reader subscriptions into an OPML file (Reader will be shut down soon) for import into other Mac RSS news readers.
Documents stored with Google online will be setup to be opened with Microsoft Office, Apple’s Pages, Keynote, or Numbers, and other files get backed up to your Mac in their own file formats. CloudPull is a good way to cut the cord with Google, or at the very least, get your data back to your Mac while you use Google.