Find Out What Google URL’s Reveal About You
We all know that the most visited and easily approachable God on earth is none other than the Google God. But are you aware of the fact that apart from answering all your queries, it also keeps a track of your activities on the dot com bubble giant? It not only stores all the information about you but everything else happening around the world and you. Whether you are on Gmail, YouTube or simply surfing on Chrome, there are tools which are used to keep records of the data which people access and these URL’s can be opened to know some interesting details of your journey with Google. Let’s find out how Google does it!
Google Dashboard provides lucidity and manages over the personal data stored with your Google Account. You can view and control the data triggered from your activities on various Google services like Search, Gmail, Chrome and YouTube. It gears up data for each product you use and grants setting preferences for personal account products.
It is the tool to analyse the usernames and passwords (stored with Google Smart Lock) that you have ever typed and saved in Google Chrome and Android for signing into various websites. These accumulated certificates are synchronized and are made accessible across your numerous devices.
Web & App Activity (previously Web History)
Besides, showing the list of past search terms you have attempted on Google Search, Web & App Activity also fetches information about the content you looked up on Chrome and other apps. You’re the leader of whatever data gets saved and can delete your past searches and browsing history. You can simply turn it off completely, disabling the storing of your searches and web history.
Device Information permits you to check out any data sent from your devices to Google. It exhibits all the data such as contacts, apps and app data, system state, audio commands or search queries and other device data that your devices upload to Google servers.
YouTube Watch History & YouTube Search History
This one accords all the videos that you’ve ever seen on YouTube while being logged into your Google account. It lists all the search items you ever typed in YouTube. These searches stored by Google are then used to show you pertinent ads and better video suggestions.
You can delete the history item-by-item or the entire history at once and can even stop the history.
Location History displays all the places that your Android device may have reported (as your recent location) to the Google servers. It is used by Google products like Search, Now and Ads to show you useful information based on where you’ve been or where you are.
You can disable it and delete certain locations or the entire history from this interface.
Account Activity lists for you a pile of all sign-in activities pertaining to your Google account. It lets you view all the devices that have been active in the last 28 days or are currently logged in to your account. You can remove account access for Android devices but unfortunately, you can’t invalidate access for browser sessions. If you notice anything suspicious, you can always secure your Google account.
So, now if you find the same ads stalking you no matter which website you visit, it may be because Google is monitoring you.Thankfully, Google also makes it very easy for you to disable its tracking. Try out the mentioned steps if you want to protect your privacy.
by techtalks @TechTalks September 28, 2015 9:41 AM UTC