It’s a known fact that Google knows a lot about us. Infact, the business model of Google depends a lot on advertising and advertisers always need to know “Who we are”. The search Giant monitors all your activities to show you the most relevant ads according to your activities and interests.
Want to know what google knows about you and how to avoid this condition much as you can?
Google Stores all your online searches
It might not be very surprising for you that google keeps a record of all your online searches.
If you prefer not to have a list of search queries saved, then head to Google’s history page, click Menu (the three vertical dots) and then hit Advanced -> All Time -> Delete.
If you want Google to stop keeping record of your searches, goto the activity controls page and toggle tracking off.
Google keeps track of and records your locations
As well as recording your searches and your voice, Google has also been keeping tabs on your location.
Google’s location history, or timeline page, serves up a Google Map and allows you to select specific dates and times and see where you were. Its accuracy depends on whether you were signed into your Google account and carrying a phone or tablet at the time.
How to delete it: When you visit the timeline page you can hit the settings cog in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and select delete all from there.
There’s also the option to pause location history by hitting the big button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.But this one is a little trickier to completely get rid of, because to stop it happening in future you’ll need to opt out of both location tracking and location reporting with your device — whether you’re running Android or iOS.
Control advertising data
One of the more interesting places to check out what Google really knows about you is to head over to its ad settings page where (if you’re signed into your Google account) you’ll see a profile Google has built for you based on your search history, YouTube history and interests. So, for example, it might know that you’re female, aged 18-24 and interested in banking, consumer electronics, mobile phones, shooter games, rap and hip hop and toys.
From this page it’s possible to turn ad personalisation on (or off). If you opt out of personalisation then the adverts that follow you around the web – trainers, when you searched for them once – will stop appearing. Google’s ad network operates on more than two million websites around the world and limiting its knowledge about you will make everything seem that little less creepy.
Delete all your online accounts
If you’ve ever wanted to remove yourself (almost) entirely from the internet, Swedish website Deseat.me uses your Google account to help.
Using Google’s OAuth protocol, which allows third-party users to access your other accounts without finding out your password details, Deseat.me brings up all your online and social media accounts and allows you to delete yourself from them.
How to delete it: Visit Deseat.me and input your Gmail address. It will bring up all the online accounts linked to that email address and allow you to get rid of them.