Sunday, February 26, 2012

Clear Your Google Web History

On March 1st, Google's new unified privacy policy goes into effect, and your web history will be shared across all Google products and sites that you use. Here's a quick video from cnet that shows how to clear your Google web history before that happens:

It may be easier to follow the steps with them listed this way:
  1. Go to the google homepage and sign into your account.
  2. Click the dropdown menu next to your name in the upper-right hand corner of your screen. 
  3. Click accounts settings 
  4. Find the "Services section" 
  5. Under "Services" there is a sub-section that reads "View, enable, disable web history." Click the link next to it that reads: "Go to Web History."
    : When you click "Go to Web History" you may be taken to a page which gives you the options "Turn Web History On"/"No Thanks": Click "Turn Web History On" and you will finally be taken to step 6 below) 
  6. Click on "Remove all Web History"
    When you click on "Remove all Web History," a message appears that says " Web History is Paused." What this means is that while Google will continue gathering and storing information about your web history it will make all data anonymous, that is, Google will not associate your Web History information with your online accounts and will therefore be unable to send you customized search results. Google's ability to gather personalized information about you by assigning data to your Gmail and YouTube accounts will remain "Paused" till you click "Resume."

Looks pretty easy, and I know a lot of people will be following these steps!  I'm personally not sure what the advantages or disadvantages are of having Google use my history to send me customized search results.  What do you think?

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