Today marks ‘D’ day for everyone using any of Google’s suite of products.
Have a Gmail account? You’re being tracked.
Use Google search? You’re being tracked.
Google Docs your thing? You’re being tracked.
Touch any of Google’s products online, and you’re being tracked.
Google has always maintained a policy of tracking user behavior, but Big Brother has become much more insidious in their efforts to ‘provide a more meaningful user experience’ by tracking and collecting every single thing you do!
Per the Digital Journal
I’m not saying that you should run for the hills, but you should be wary of any mass collection protocol that you can only opt out of by completely abandoning the platform.
If you haven’t yet opted out, I just did (I was completely lunching and should have done it earlier), I’d suggest you do so.
Here are a few easy steps for keeping Big Brother from tracking you like a fugitive.
1. Log into your Gmail account. Visit mail.google.com and plug in your username and password.
2. Go to your account settings. Locate the drop down arrow next to your profile picture (top right). Click it and you’ll see the ‘Account Settings’ option. Click it.
3. Navigate down to ‘Go To Web History’ in the ‘Services’ section of your Accounts/Account Overview page. Click ‘Go To Web History.’
4. Click the ‘Remove All Web History’ button.
What you’ve effectively done, through this little exercise is (temporarily) restrict Google’s ability to gather personal information about you as you browse and interact with their products.
They’re still going to track your behavior, they’re just not going to associate that information directly to you.
If you’re not concerned by how much information Big Brother tracks and stores about you, your networks, browsing behavior, sites visits, etc., then ignore my admonitions altogether.
But if being trapped in the matrix does cause your hair to stand on end, get cracking before Google starts tracking!