Do you want to know how to stop Google from spying on you? Good. You came to the right place.
Before you download anything mentioned in this article – Read the whole thing. Although, you will learn how to keep all of your data private, the websites and applications you use ultimately can jeopardize that privacy. So remember, choose safe, known websites, with significant amounts of good review.
You may be wondering:
Why do I want my data private? (So it is not public.)
Who wants my data? (Google, the NSA and anyone with a motive.)
How do I access my banking information, utility accounts, work accounts, and school accounts privately and provide my information to the company?
Well, you most likely cannot access any of those things without providing your real name and other personal information. These things are done most securely in person.
How do I reduce exposure and increase privacy if I have to access the internet?
The first step is to eliminate any of your currently enabled sharing settings that you opted into or were automatically turned on when you signed up for your services.
Your browser also exposes your history and habits potentially to every website you visit through cookies and cache stored on your computer. Google uses this information to build a profile on anyone who accesses a Google webpage or webpage using Google products, such as Adsense (which is used to provide targeted advertising).
One huge mine of data on nearly every person lies in the hands of Google. You can turn these sharing and monitoring settings off. Follow these steps.
1. Opt out of the ad-related tracking Google uses to provide relevant ads for everyone. This is done in two ways. Google refers to it as “Signed-in” and “Signed-out”.
WARNING: If you delete your cookies after opting out of the “Signed-out” tracking, your “opt-out” preference will be deleted. This means everytime you delete your cookies you have to opt-out again…You can control these settings and review the information Google has on you here:
2. Install the Opt-Out plugin. Google also has a tool called Google Analytics, that helps websites using Adsense track everything you do. If you don’t want this to happen, you have to install an “Opt-out” extension into your browser…
3. Turn off Geolocator tracking. Your mobile device may be sending your location to Google all day long, telling them everywhere you go. You can see your entire location history and opt-out here:
4. Delete all of your Google Search history. Google saves every single search you have ever done. On top of that, they record every Google ad you have clicked on. This log is available in Google web history controls:
To Delete Everything click the menu in the upper right (3 verticle dots), then “Delete Options”, then “Advanced”, select “All Time”, and click DELETE.
5. Find all of the apps and extensions that are accessing your Google data.
The Account activity page also offers a list of all the apps that have any type of access to your data. You can see the exact type of permissions granted to the app and revoke their access to your data here:
6. Monitor who Google shares your information with. You can require Google to send you a monthly security and privacy report. Find this in the Dashboard along with more sharing settings for your other Google Services.
6. Delete all of your YouTube search and watch history. You can delete it all in a couple clicks here.
***If you would like a copy of all of your data. Google lets you export all of your data: bookmarks, emails, contacts, drive files, profile info, your youtube videos, photos and more here:
That is How you manage Google privacy settings. Every other service you have may retain more or less the same types of settings…
Protecting who you are and where you are is done by first not telling anyone online (purposeful data exposure), encrypting that data, and hiding (falsifying) your IP address. These are the fool proof methods of truly keeping your internet usage, daily routines, personal data, behaviors, purchasing habits and communications – private and anonymous.
Adjusting your privacy settings and deleting any stored data is a good step, but that will not stop Google or the NSA from spying on you.
Depending on what you want to achieve any combination of these three things may work for you.
Most people will tell you that you anonymity can be achieved many ways. Common paths to complete privacy are:
- Anonymous accounts
- Encryption protocols
- Falsification of IP address
Those things are good. Although, they all do different things for your privacy.
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