It’s the day after Thursday 1st March 2012, the day when Google’s privacy laws changed to allow their convergence of personal data into a single source, combined from all of the Google applications you have used.
Despite the complaints, they have done it anyway.
So, how can you minimise the effect it has on you?
1. Clear your Google History – login to your account and through the account settings ‘go to web history’. If you click ‘Remove all Web History’ and then press Pause this will stop your browsing history from being recorded.
2. Every time you log in to your Google account, like in stage 1 to clear your history, ensure you log out afterwards.
3. When using Search, YouTube and other applications where logging in are not required, ensure that you are not logged in. If you have to log in for any reason, see stage 2 above.
4. When using Google you can opt out of display advertising – go to the settings menu and within advertising you can choose to ‘opt out’.
5. When using Google+ ensure you treat this with care, like other social networks are mindful of what you say, but with Google+ ensure you create circles and use them.
6. And remember, it’s not all about Google, there are other search engines out there!
The online world is changing fast, your data is a very valuable commodity, it's worth protecting.
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