When you trust Google and its services, you know a lot of things are being monitored. Here are three you can stop.
You can laugh at the thought of all the random Google searches you’ve done over the years. Imagine someone gaining access to that list, and you might instead tremble in embarrassment.
Did you know that your entire Google History is accessible online? If you’re signed in, a spy can see it all. Tap or click here for steps on how to password protect that page and your personal information.
Of course, there are ways to keep your searches private. Tap or click for some clever ways, including hiding your activity from your Internet service provider and erasing your browser sessions.
However, when you trust Google and its services, you know a lot of things are being monitored. Here are three you can stop.
Unless you change this setting, your apps are visible everywhere you go
1. Every Email You Type
Google scans the contents of your inbox, from receipts and private messages to medical documents and bills.
The handy Smart Compose setting allows Google to scan your email as you type. It is an AI-powered feature that tries to help you write faster. It helps to eliminate common phrases. “Tell me” becomes “Let me know if you have any questions.”
While this is useful, it does mean that Google is watching what you type as you type it. You can turn off Smart Compose. This way:
- Open Gmail.
- Tap the gear icon in the top right corner for Adjustment.
- Choose see all settings.
- choose general tab near the top of the page.
- scroll to write smart section.
- turn writing tips Close By clicking on the circle next to it.
- scroll down and click save Changes.
It’s worth noting: Google still has access to all the content of emails you send and receive. If you want to stop this, you’ll need to switch to a privacy-based email inbox.
2. OK, Google, are you listening?
Despite what the Big Tech companies say, smart assistants often hear more than you’d expect. The reason is simple: sometimes, your device hears something you say and interprets it as the active word.
If you’re not using the Google Assistant, you can turn it off at any time.
How to turn off Google Assistant on Android:
- open to Adjustment app on your phone. Then, scroll down and tap Account Services.
- Tap Search, Assistant and Voice. Then, tap Google Assistant.
- tap on Assistant. Then, scroll down Accessories and tap phone.
- tap google assistant slider to turn it on Close.
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How to turn off Google Assistant on iPhone:
- to open Adjustment > privacy.
- Locate the menu labeled microphone and tap it.
- Get Assistant in the list of apps and toggle the green switch Close Post.
Go one step further and turn off every listening device. Tap or click for steps to ask Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and others to terminate.
3. And then there are the videos you watch
After Google, YouTube is the second largest search engine on the web. And, of course, it’s owned by Google. This means the company knows the videos you watch, the comments you leave, and who you interact with.
Clearing your YouTube history is simple. go towards my google activity, Choose youtube history and switch the toggle Close.
Be warned: YouTube will still track your search history. Feather youtube history page, you will see a section that says filter by date. On the left, tap the small down arrow next to delete. A box will pop up and you can clear your searches. confirm by hitting delete And you are good to go.
Now that your privacy is completely gone, why not make life a little easier? Tap or Click for 5 Buried Google Settings Everyone Should Know.
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