What is the difference between the policies?
Much has stayed the same, a part from one small factor that has raised some serious privacy concerns. The difference is that the new one is able to track you across all of Google's products. For example, in the past, you could do a Google search on "herpes" and ads would only pop up on Google Search about that query. Usually, these ads did not track you down on other Google products. You wouldn't see some big banner on YouTube about herpes. But it all has changed.
When the new policy takes effect on March 1, whatever you do on Google will be tracked across all of its services to give you "more relevant ads". But what this really does is cause privacy issues.
So, what actions can you take to prevent Google from tracking you? The bright side—many!
You could give up all of Google's products and switch to alternatives. You could partially give up Google; you might need Google for services such as Gmail and YouTube, but you could use a different search engine or another video hosting site. Give DuckDuckGo a try! You could also install AdBlock Plus on Firefox or Google Chrome.
Don't want to switch? Then let's dig into Google's privacy settings a little. It won't block it entirely, but it will greatly improve your privacy.
This is a new feature YouTube has put in place. It is now possible to turn off the search history so that people do not know what you've been watching.
The first step is to log onto YouTube. Then, please select the following:
- Your username ->
- Settings ->
- Video Manager ->
- Search History ->
- Pause search history (if you have recent search history, you may want to clear it)
Furthermore, to prevent YouTube from providing you with relevant advertisements, select the following:
- Your username ->
- Settings ->
- Privacy ->
- Un-check "Please use my account information to provide me with relevant advertising"
This one is one of the most important steps. It is also a good idea to make sure this is disabled on a regular basis. It's a perfect way for someone to spy on you and see what you are up to—so be sure to set a strong password.
To disable Google's Web-History, navigate to this link. Ensure you are logged into your account, then take a quick look at what Google knows about you, then click on "Remove all Web History".
Also, make sure your Web History is "Paused".
Well that is the end of this tutorial. Hope you liked it! Here are some interesting links for those curious about what Google knows about you.
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