Google still has your embarassing search history

Google still has your embarassing search history

There is a central location in google where you can view your Google Activities including the searches you have done, the sites you have visited and the videos that you've have watched. You might have probably deleted your search history from your web browser but google still has this save under a dashboard called My Activity Page.

Under the My Activity Page, you can see just about every single piece of data that Google has collected about you over the better part of the past two decades. Every website you've visited, every image you've viewed, every search term you've typed into the Google Search box, every single video you've watched on youtube, the places you go and etc

It's terrifying. But it's also pretty useful, well maybe??. Judging by the amount of data google has about you,we can say they probably know everything about you. Eventhough Google assures us that nobody else will see this data, but sometimes you just need to sleep with one eye open. You can easily take more control over what Google collects about you and how long the company keeps it. Here's how

On the web

The best place to start taking control over Google's tracking habits is the Activity Controls page in your Google Account on the web. If you're currently signed into Google in your browser, that link should take you straight to it.

Once on this site, you can scroll down to see your Internet history, possibly stretching years back. If that freaks you out, the next step is to pause tracking!

Since there are so many creepy things Google knows about you, it’s lucky that pausing your web activity is a pretty easy process. On the “My Google Activity” page, select “Activity Controls” in the sidebar. This will take you to a page that explains exactly what information Google is tracking.

To disable tracking, simply click the blue slider icon on the right of the “Web & App Activity” screen. Then select PAUSE.

Congratulations, your Web & App Activity is now paused, and your site visits, and searches will no longer be recorded by Google!

On your Smart Phone

To find activity on your andriod phone or tablet:

  1. Go to the ‘Settings’ app and then move to Google and then tap on Manage your Google Account.
  2. On top of page, you will find the option ‘Data and Personalization’.
  3. Tap on ‘My Activity’ which you will find under ‘Activity and Timeline’.
  4. To view your activity, you can browse through the list of activities that are arranged against day and time. If you want to find a specific activity, you can use the search bar and available filters.
  5. You can choose to view your activities as bundles or as individual items. If you wish to change the view to your preferred setting, tap on ‘More and three vertical dots’ and then choose from the two options: Item View or Bundle View.

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