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Google is one of the most popular websites on this planet. If you want to search for anything, like Movies, Games, News, fashion, study, social networking, and much more you head over to Sergey Brin, and Larry Page Google’s. Do you know that Google knows a lot of things about you? They know what all you are looking for, your interests, age, and everything which you are looking for online.
In my opinion, we must aware of Google activity on android and Web Browsers that tracks your Web & App Activity, Location History, Device Information, Voice & Audio Activity, YouTube Search History, and YouTube Watch History.
HAVE you ever checked your phone and had the feeling that you’re being spied? It’s not a coincidence. It is a reality. Has an advertisement for a Shoe or place ever popped up on your screen that you were just talking about?
Yes I’m sure you will face this situation regularly
Your every move is being watched. Monitored. Analyzed by the great Google
Google Monitor your daily Life web and app activities. Google 24 hours tracking you and your activities how you search, what you search what you like/dislike where are you going what kind of images videos you watch, ads that you click, apps that you are using, and much more. Despite this Google also tracks your IP and MAC address to check where you are going What kind of hardware and OS you are using, Google also uses advance cookies in Browsers to trace you.
Google also collects your personal information like Name, addresses, MobileNo, Debit Card and Credit card Details, other Bank credentials, Government id, photos .videos Contacts, documents. spreadsheets etc
Now a question arises to your mind Why Google do this?
the answer is quite simple
Google’s Basic purpose in tracking and storing so much Data and information is to deliver more Accurate or relevant results and products to you, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, growing privacy concerns have Inspired many users to carefully monitor their information, including data shared online.
Now you might get nervous and stressed after knowing this information. But Don’t Worry I am here for you
As I am an aspirant of Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security I will tell you how to shut down google’s evil activities. Just follow these simple steps and do it to protect your privacy and data.
I). Disable Web & App Activity and Tracking:
Go to your smartphone settings scroll down to Google Settings
Tap on Google Account to review all your Google account and settings
Select Manage your Google Account
Then select the Data and Personalization option
Scroll down to Activity controls
Finally, disable Web & App Activity and Location history
On the left navigation panel, click Data & personalization.
Then Select the Ad personalization panel, click Go to ad settings.
Click the switch next to Ad Personalization is ON.
Turn it off
III). Don’t use Google Products!:
In my opinion, You must be laughing in your mind and saying, “Are you kidding?”Yes, you will but avoiding Google products is the best way to secure your data and privacy. Avoid using Google products like Google Search, Google Chrome, Maps, Youtube, Drive, Photos, Gmail, and much more To protect yourself From Evil Google in this Methods I will tell you the best alternatives for google products available in this world.
First of all, I start with Browsers and Search Engines
then Video platforms, Cloud storage, and finishing with Email services
Use alternatives browser likeFirefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Makes Duckduckgo, yahoo, Bing, Askas your default search engine
Try to use here maps, bing maps, apple maps, Waze maps, and much more as an alternative to google maps
Watch This Video If You don’t have an Apple Device & You Want to Run the most flagship Maps in this world on your Device i.e Apple Map
Instead of youtube try these some popular competitors of youtube Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, IGTV, DTube, PeerTube, Twitch
Use Cloud Storage services like Dropbox, one drive, cloud, Sync, megaand say bye to google drive and photos
You can useproton mail, outlook, yahoo mail, apple mail, reddif, AOL as an alternative to Gmail(if you want more information about this check out my blog on Top-9-Gmail-alternatives-email-services)
IV). DO PRIVACY CHECKUP periodically
The best thing to protect your privacy would simply be to clear your Google Search history completely. You can do that from the My Activity page of your account. Google gives you privacy checkup Features for controlling your privacy
you have to decide how much information and access you’re comfortable giving to Google. Do you care if all your searches are tracked as long as you get relevant results? Are you okay with giving Google access to your personal information if you receive more targeted access to what you’re looking for?
Decide what level of access you’re comfortable with, and update your Google settings accordingly. In my opinion, the best Settings are:
First of all, I am suggesting you disable web & apps activity or Location tracking then turn off the ad personalization feature, turn off, After this
Disable Voice and Audio Recording(That are used by google assistant, Google Maps, etc) Then Move to the photos option and
Shut Group Similar Feature off
Then turn on the Remove Geolocation in items Shared by link
And finally, Disable Shared Endorsements Feature of google(The profile name and profile photo of your account may appear with that activity.)
V). Be anonymous: In my previous article which is based on how to stop facebook spying on us, I tell you about the best VPN and privacy browsers available in the world which protects our privacy and data from Facebook, that method is also applied here. So check out my previous article to stop Facebook spying on us and apply the “Be anonymous” solution to restrict google spyware’s 9-ways-to-deceive-facebook-that-spying-on-us
Now, there is also another way to be anonymous, That is
Choose to use the “private browsing” feature
When you use private browsing features ( available in Firefox, Safari, and IE, Microsoft Edge Opera), your browser won’t store any browser history, temporary Internet files, cookie information, and other data. This feature will be very useful when you’re on a public terminal.
The Great Google is immortal In Terms of Database No other company and Services on this planet will provide you information and Database that google offers
I am personally Suggesting you try Duckduckgo as the default search engine
Because all the searching Data and various activity of users are highly encrypted on this Platform
In my opinion, Tracking people’s activity without their agreement and without proper controls in place is creepy and wrong But if you do the above steps, you are enjoying the Google services in a much secure way and not sharing your Privacy, search, apps, and location data. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below if you have any thoughts and opinions regarding this Blog please share and inform me.