Big Tech companies are woven into our daily lives. We text each other on Apple and Android smartphones, share photos on Facebook, shop on Amazon, work on our Microsoft and Apple computers, and stuff Google all day long.
It’s no longer a secret that Big Tech tracks what we do and packages our data to sell to advertisers. Tap or click to stop one of Facebook’s biggest offenders from tracking you on the web.
If you care about privacy very much. Maybe you’re ready to destroy your personal data floating around on the web — or at least you can. Tap or click to remove yourself from the Internet.
Let’s take a look at the companies I bet you̵7;ll interact with on Google most days. Here are three settings you need to check.
1. Don’t let people know what you’re doing with Google.
Every time you use Google services, your interactions are saved on the My Activity page. This page shows everything you searched for. Photos you’ve taken, YouTube videos you’ve watched, how you use Google apps, and more.
Many people don’t realize that you can password protect them all. Who needs this new feature?
Let’s say you share a computer or everyone in the house knows your system password. Just one click. And everything you do with Google is free. Yes, they’ll still see everything you’re embarrassed to talk about at the dinner table. Even if that’s not about you. But it should be safest if your phone or laptop falls into the wrong hands.
Here’s how to lock it:
- Go to myactivity.google.com. on computer
- You will see a pop-up that says “More secure with Google: You can add more security to my activities by turning on additional verification.” Click manage.
- Choose an option for More checks are required.then press record.
From now on, you’ll need to enter your password to view and delete your history if your Google password is saved in your browser or computer. That password is not on purpose. You better use a secure password that you remember.
Now they know what? See what Google tracks and how you can delete it.
2. Check Google Photo Tracking Settings
I recently wrote about a lot of the information you see on Google Maps. Tap or click for steps to view this map and turn off tracking.
You may not be aware that Google Photos is collecting the same types of data. You can see wherever you’ve been as a set of pictures on the map. Did you travel and take pictures along the way? The digital path is there for you to see.
- Open the Google Photos app and tap search.
- under place, then you will see your map. Tap then scroll down to view your photos as a list or zoom in on the map. and choose a location to view the photos you’ve taken.
This might feel like walking down a good memory lane. if you don’t pay attention to it There is nothing for you to change. If you’re not enthusiastic about this feature. You have steps to take.
- On your computer, open Google Maps, select three line menuthen click on your timeline.
- At the bottom of the screen, click Manage Location History.
- This will open your Google account. activity control page.
- If Location History is on The slider will be blue. Click to close and it should be grayed out. This prevents Google from tracking future movements or geotagged photos.
- There is also Auto delete optionwhere you can choose how long to delete location data automatically They range from photos older than three months to photos older than 36 months.
To delete the latest data To do this, follow these steps:
- Open Google Photos on PC.
- In the top right corner, click on Settings cog settings.
- Scroll down and click sharing.
- Enable the slider for Hide image location information.
you are in a roll Want to deal with a few more security steps? Tap or click here for three quick privacy fixes you need to manage.
3. New Tracking
visit new website And there’s a good chance you’ll get a pop-up asking you to allow cookies. Cookies track the websites you visit and what you do there. They do convenient things like saving your password and what’s in your online shopping cart. but spoils your privacy. All this information is used to target you with ads.
Google opts out of using third-party cookies. No, that doesn’t mean your information isn’t shared with advertisers. The method has changed even though Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC runs in the background in the Chrome browser for some users. This type of tracking will group you with people with similar interests.
Bennett Cyphers of the privacy-focused nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation said the FLoC was created to “Avoid the privacy risks of third-party cookies. but will be rebuilt in the process.”
If you’re using Chrome, you may have “FLoCed” without realizing it. Visit amifloced.org. to see if you’re part of the trial.
You have two options if you are. You can opt out of all third-party tracking in Chrome.
- click three dot settings menu.
- go to Privacy and Security > Cookies and other website data.
- Choose an option for Block third-party cookies.
If you don’t want to deal with these It’s time to search for a new browser. Tap or click to view my privacy-focused browser ratings. From best to worst.
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