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| Good that Google is Keeping Track J-310

Ami Raz    
Saturday, 14 March 12:06 PM
Or is it? 

Google gathers a huge amount of data about users in order to personalize its ads UNLESS you opt out.  They promise not to sell the data to others, but can they guarantee that it won't ever be hacked or misused?

Here are just a few of the things that Google knows about you:
  • What you've searched on Google
  • Where you've been
  • What you've searched and watched on YouTube
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Marital Status
  • Parental Status
  • Education
  • Homeowner Status
  • Income
  • Shopping info
  • Job Industry
And here are a few methods to prevent Google from gathering data:
1.  Opt out of Google data-gathering. 

Note that there are actually three choices you need to make to turn off personalized ads:  
  • Set Google "Ad Personalization" to OFF here (or cherry-pick the info categories that you want on or off).
  • Opt out of non-Google personalized ads from 133 companies here.  Once the website finishes testing your device, click on "Opt Out of All."

  • Install the Protect My Choices browser plugin to remember your ad personalization preferences even if you delete cookies (which is often done when cleaning your computer with CCleaner, Wise 365, or Glary Utilities).
2.  It turns out that Chrome often logs you on to Google (letting it track your online data) automatically.  According to TechJunkie, you can opt out of the automatic Google logon by performing the following actions (updated for Windows 10 and Chrome 80):
  • Select the Chrome pull-down menu in the top right of your browser window (the "three dots" icon)
  • Select Settings from the pull-down menu
  • Click on "Sync and Google Services"
  • Turn off "Allow Chrome Signin"
  • Click on "Relaunch"
To test this, "...close and then re-open Chrome. With Chrome auto sign-in disabled, you can sign into Google sites like Gmail or Docs and, just like in older versions of Chrome, remained signed out of the browser."

3.  Make DuckDuckGoog your default search engine (I did this a year ago).  It searches Google anonymously.  See my tip "CompuTip - Use Google AND Stay Private J-266."

4.  Install the IBA Opt-out extension by Chrome, which is supposed to let you opt out of Google's interest-based (personalized) ads.

5.  Visit the Google Activity Page and turn off all of the data-gathering options.  Note that in Googleese "Pause" means "off."

Please note:  Unfortunately, I cannot take any responsibility for use of the software, directions or links suggested. I have no interest - financial or otherwise - in the software or sites listed.  Use at your own risk. 

For more information:  CNBCTechJunkie

Best Wishes,
Ami Raz - Computer Solutions
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