Five "fake" internet searches- sounds strange at first but this easy tip will help you keep your private life a tad more mysterious to those compiling a digital dossier on YOU!. Your browser, your search engine and the sites you visit via tracking cookies, can and do learn about you so they can Sell or Advertise to You. No doubt you've noticed it. Something you emailed, scrolled or shopped for ends up in your FB or Instagram Feed or perhaps in an email.
And that's just part of it. If you want to see how incredibly detailed the information Google has on you, what you like, what you're searching for online, what you're watching--it's all cataloged and you can see it here- if you don't pause your activity:
Simply conducting a few "fake" internet searches everyday can keep whomever is looking, stalking or recording a bit off track. Seriously, I've been doing this for fun for years and thought it was just my own tiny attempt at guarding my privacy. So it was with surprise and delight that over a dinner conversation with the head of cybersecurity at a very big name in Tech, told me she did the same thing when I asked her what she was doing to protect her privacy. Well, that and eliminating or blocking cookies, using a VPN etc.
Have fun reducing the "real" personal information gathered by search engines and cookies. --Make a game of it: pick five random items to google, then click the 1st or the 5th result, scroll it, click on a link--whatever-stealth!
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Google owns Chrome. Google's reason d'etre - The reason it exists and is so powerful is SEARCH. You search for what you want and Google gets to show you ads(the one's in the search results) and Google makes money!
Google Learns What Ads to Show You by Tracking What You Want and What You Do With Cookies! Then they can tell their advertisers which ads to show you so the advertiser and google are successful.
If You Use Chrome, your search activity and your online browsing activity is automatically, by default shared with Google.
If you're logged in to Chrome or using your Google account with Chrome(you'll see your face in the upper right corner) you are linking all the data google knows via your email account and all your online moves.
Google owns YouTube, so what you watch is also included in the information Google knows about you.
You can block cookies on Chrome, but check this out:
It looks like Chrome is saying that there's a tracker on your browser--that each time we download Chrome-there's an individual token, just for our Chrome that tracks promotions--or Google or YouTube ads? Even if cookies are blocked!
I do not use Chrome. Finally, after a recent national news story, neither does my husband--the Memory issue sealed the deal for him. But for me, it was knowing how Google treated or SAVED all email data.