Last month The Guardian published an interesting article about the things Google and Facebook know about you. If you haven’t known about this, fasten your seat belt and get ready…
Google knows where you’ve been. https://google.com/maps/timeline
Also everything you’ve searched, watched (and deleted): https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity & https://youtube.com/feed/history/search_history
The apps you use: https://security.google.com/settings/security/permissions
This is you from the eyes of an advertiser by the way: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/
And this is just a few things Google knows… If you’re not surprised yet, go and get a copy of your data (it’ll be several gigabytes) here https://google.com/takeout.
Alas, the lock-in effect Google has is so powerful that in one way or the other you can’t hide. But you can easily do something about it (and it doesn’t require a lot of effort):
- Switch to DuckDuckGo (Search Engine)
- Use Firefox instead of Google Chrome (you’ll save some RAM!)
- Use private browsing as much as possible
These changes won’t solve the real problem, but they’re enough for you to start doing something about it.