This post was edited by Iyengar at 08:53, Jan-21-2015 |
Internet addiction disorder (IAD) is one thing; simply fearing for everything another thing. I don't usually get scared unless it involves leaked information which could be potentially harmful to my immediate family or my career. That being said having all your information in one place is part of what makes the Internet is so useful. Ton's of your personal selfies or family pics are uploaded or stored in cloud. More over you publicly share common interests via Tweets and Facebook posts, or access banking accounts and statements through email.
I'm not devil's advocate, but then, this is good. It all adds up to a lot of potentially vulnerable information on the Web. Do you know how much of your information is on the Internet? Do you know whether or not it's secure?
Just imagine this "Who's Got Dirt On You".
If I were "governament" aside from Facebook and Instagram, I could be featured in the Google Street View pictures; the site has over five million miles of images. Man oh Man "It used to have more information on individuals, but allegedly disposed of it when the company got into trouble in 2010 and ended up coughing seven million dollar settlement for the affair in 2013. If we just focus on Google now....
My Google Account - I bet you have one, too.
Ever logged in to an Android phone or tablet, used Gmail, or used YouTube as a registered user? Playstore anyone?
Not that I am playing victim here, but then in order for Google to put a name on me, I have to have a Google account. Without one Google may well have anonymous data about me as a cookie on a laptop- or smartphone browser, but it is impossible to know what data that is (just as it is impossible for Google to know who you actually are). Not until an Private Investigator is riding my back.
The Search Engine (the next thing to my Wife) & Acct Info
Google Search & my wife knows them all.
Don't ask me how, I'm yet to understand it.
Google used to be only a search engine (for a very long time). Almost certainly I still use Google Search, a lot (daily more or less). Yeap, Google collects a lot of data about the searches I make, as it says a lot about me. Sign in and head over to https://www.google.com/history/ and view the search history that Google holds about . It's actually quite scary to see what Google knows I searched for. You may wanna check out YouTube search history at https://www.youtube.com/feed/history/search_history. Man keeping safe search OFF can reveal alot....
What was that site? OnlyforMen is it? not anymore huh? I just fell trap to that HONEYPOT and probably would have given credit card details .... My wife knocked the door before that. Close Shave....
I bet you DO NOT WANT YOUR BOSS OR WIFE to know what searched late office hours or when your wife was away shopping.
Ohhh, So what Google thinks it knows about ME ????.
Although they say "What happens in Vegas; Stays in Vegas". This is where it got me interesting. And also where I can find the ability to opt-in and -out of interest-based advertising. The principle reason Google tracks all this data about me is so that it can more successfully bombard me with ads, in order to pay for the free services I may access. Depending on my viewpoint (or demographic) this is either a sinister menace or a cool way of getting free stuff. My workplace routes me via UK and my personal PC uses local ISP.
Not that I'm confusing Google, but it is interesting to find out just what Google thinks it knows about me, and how it uses that to target ads my way. Sign in and head to http://www.google.com/settings/ads/ . we will see what Google considers to be your gender and age, as well as your interests.
Good for me, I have opted-out of all this mess and trying to be live life more peacefully.... Not that I am trying to be ZEN
If you wish the same, Simply head over to the Google Analytics opt out page: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. Hope you find your peace
What devices, apps and services have access to my Google data...
In many ways this is the most important test of all of us. One of the benefits of Android is that it lets us know what permissions are required by each app we install on Android. But we encounter myriad Google apps and services on multiple devices. This page: https://security.google.com/settings/security/permissions lists the devices and services, and what access they have. Click on a listed device and you can see further details and the opportunity to revoke, on the right hand side.
I have previously pointed out the scary permission level a simple app like installing a Torch app would need. Had you missed head over to read my paranoia thread CLICK ME
Am I being followed...
The question perhaps taunts me more often than my wife's monthly credit card expense... Well she was smart enough to find a person who fits her bill. But.....
One of the options available from the Google Settings Dashboard outlined above, is the ability to find out where Google thinks you have been. You can head there directly at https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/.
Interestingly it showed me all the locations I recently traveled for past 30 days. Call me paranoia.. the Google drones are over your heads. You just cannot see them yet.
On closing... I would want to point out to the fact that, although you are not followed physically; the gaint Google can mine your emails and Drive documents, track your browsing history, track the videos you watch on YouTube, obtain your WiFi passwords and much more. Although google points to the fact that the data collected is merely interest is serving ads, and in this sense an accurate profile might be perceived; We users cannot shake the very fact that the data collection is always a privacy issue because there are organizations that can compel data from those who hold it, either through legal finagling or by force. You do not have to hold weapon to my face anymore.
Don't you worry... Sleepless nights are too far fetched... You, Me are not social highlights to fear for it as in yet.
Check you Google Dashboard Today. Perhaps you are already being followed......
Going Offline in 3, 2, 1.....
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