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Keep Your Data Private From Google’s Prying Eyes

Google’s tentacles are everywhere. There is no getting away from it. Or is there?

Google’s recent policy changes have raised concerns that it will mean less privacy for users of its products, from search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Maps to smartphones powered by the Android operating system.

A recent Pew survey says most search engine users disapprove of data collection. If you count yourself as one of the majority who are concerned about privacy like I am, you can limit Google’s reach by following these few simple safeguards.

I tweeted these before but it is important (and for posterity’s sake) I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of the five best privacy tips for keeping your data safer:

  1. Let’s face it. Google Plus was created for one purpose. To keep us logged into our Google account so it can profile us. So log out of Google whenever you are not using it. Even better, if you’re not a Google+ or Gmail user then just don’t log in at all.
  2. Cover your Google Tracks. Learn how to remove your Google Search, YouTube and Gmail history and tell Google to mind its own business.
  3. Familiarize yourself with Google’s Privacy Tools. Google has provided a list of the more popular tools that will help you to control your information. While you’re at it, be sure to pause your Web History.
  4. Use a secure search engine. While there are several private search engines out there to choose from, my personal favorite is Start Page.
  5. Install a browser addon like DoNoTrackPlus that blocks more than 600 trackers including social networks, and Ghostery to track the trackers. There are other tools out there but these are probably the best.

So now you know. Don’t you feel better? I know that I do.

Safe surfing.

Written March 9th, 2012 by | 17 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Featured Tips, Privacy Tips, Search Engine Tips, Social Media Tips ,

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  1. Good evening BB… wow! you have given some dang good tips here that people should not only read but heed.

    Hope you don’t mind, but I have shared this with a few people.

    I never knew about this tool to block trackers so this is a bonus and guess what -_^ I am downloading it as soon as I have finished this comment.

    Thanks again and keep it going!!

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    Reply by: BB at 8:49 pm said...

    @Diane ( Blogneta), welcome back partner. Been missing you around these here parts.

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 6:08 am said...

    @BB, what a lovely thing to say, thank you!

    I may not be as active these days, due to life and other things, but I still read and keep in touch with friends (^-^)

    What you have written is not just good pointers, but a how to keep your privacy by making active choices on doing certain actions, which in effect puts you back in the drivers seat when navigating the social landscape.

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  2. Good evening BB… wow! you have given some dang good tips here that people should not only read but heed.

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    Reply by: BB at 5:08 pm said...

    @blablabl22, glad you like it.

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