GOOGLE HAS A RECORD OF EVERYWHERE YOU’VE BEEN
DID YOU KNOW THAT GOOGLE HAS A RECORD OF EVERYWHERE YOU’VE CHECKED INTO! HERE’S HOW TO CHECK THE DATA THEY HAVE ON YOU AND HOW TO DELETE IT.
Over 65% of internet searches are carried out on Google when it comes to search engines, it’s clear that Google is king.
Even if you use an alternative search engine chances are, if you don’t own an iPhone, you’ll be forced into using Google’s services somewhere down the line.
What many of us take for granted is just how much information and data search engines have about us, stored on some computer at Google HQ is a profile on everything you’ve ever searched or liked, every website you have ever visited and every purchase you’ve ever made. For many of us our personal search history is a private thing that we wouldn’t willingly share, every embarrassing question we’ve ever asked and every strange curiosity ever searched is kept and stored away by Google and at times is sold to the highest bidder for advertising purposes.
While this may of us have the attitude of ‘I have nothing to hide so it doesn’t matter’, those attitudes are often changed when we see just how much information Google have on us.
As the good old saying goes ‘out of sight out of mind’ but when we’re given a visual representation of just how intrusive Google can be, we quickly become alarmed and concerned at the invasion of privacy that is happening right under our nose.
If you visit the Google Maps Timeline you will see that Google keeps a record of every place you’ve ever been or checked into. What’s even more alarming is just how long this information goes back, Google still has logs of where I’ve been on holiday and business trips from over 5 years ago.
Luckily, this information can be deleted by clicking the little bin icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
It’s not easy to escape Google, even when using another search engine such as DuckDuckGo which is focused on privacy, chances are if you don’t own an iPhone you’ll still be forced to use Google’s services via Android or email or for travelling via maps.
Then there’s the fact that Google owns a wide variety of other services such as YouTube and Google+. The amount of data Google hold about us is truly scary and shocking, the best thing we can do is be aware of the data collected and ensure that we regularly review this data and delete what we’re not comfortable sharing.
While there will be people who don’t care about the mass information collected by tech giants, we need to keep in mind that we’re living in a world that is rapidly digitally evolving, as data breaches and hacking become more commonplace it’s always worth purging data collected on us every once in a while.
The Ultimate Guide to Ditching Google
Below are alternatives to each of Google’s products, there are many more alternatives out there but these are the best we’ve found. Giving up Google and taking control of your privacy is possible.
**Google Alternatives With Focus on Privacy:**