How to delete your Google browsing history

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How to delete your Google browsing history

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With a new (non) privacy policy taking effect on Thursday, a timely article.

HOW TO DELETE YOUR GOOGLE BROWSING HISTORY

Well, at least make things a little more difficult for the nosey parkers...

NDPP

thanks bagkitty! good idea..

Fidel

I have a google account, but apparently my web history was never turned on. I am signed-up for a personal google channel, and for some reason there is a list of google music videos listed there that I'm pretty sure I posted here on babble in the What are you listening to threads. Not many just three or four videos and don't undertand why they are even there listed under my personal google channel. I appreciate the black box and Link Wray videos but didn't think they were important enough to store or bookmark there or whatever in hell happened. Apparently I have no idea of what in hell is going on in my dealings with Google most of the time.

Freedom 55

I read bagkitty's link. Am I correct in my understanding that this only applies to people who have signed-up for an account with Google?

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

I think so, F55, since you have to be signed in to follow the instructions. Although I don't get a "Delete Web History" option, just asking me if I want to start a web history. Is it possible that I've pre-empted this by following the advice of an earlier concerned citizen?

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

If you have a gmail account (like me) or a youtube account, you are signed up with them and therefore they have maintained a web history. Not sure of the status of those who have only used google search engine.

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

Never ever surf the net while logged into any Google account.   You're going to end up being tracked.  

I don't have a gmail account...or any web based e-mail accounts that I actively use any more.

 

 

Unionist

What about surfing while logged into Facebook, rr? Or other social networking sites?

 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..this is a link to "start page" the google search engine that does not track.

https://www.startpage.com/eng/protect-privacy.html

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

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What about surfing while logged into Facebook, rr? Or other social networking sites?

Glad you asked.   Facebook is even worse.

 

jas

But this only happens when you're signed in?

I guess using Google Chrome is out now, too.

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

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I guess using Google Chrome is out now, too.

Google Chrome is just a web browser...nothing more.

From time to time I make use of "Chromium", the free software web browser that Google Chrome pulls most of its codebase from.   Google Chrome is basically Chromium with some extra proprietary stuff added on top.

 

wage zombie

I have three different web browsers on my computer (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) and I only run Facebook on one of them, and I don't run anything else on it.  I find this routine is easy to follow and decreases the amount of spying facebook can do.

I am much more slack about google.  I'll definitely be deleting the history in my multiple google accounts, thanks for the info.

jas

radiorahim wrote:

Google Chrome is just a web browser...nothing more.

But how can we be sure? I mean, if they're that interested in my browsing behaviour then how do I know they aren't tracking my movements in Chrome by IP or something?

jas

jas wrote:

 

But how can we be sure? I mean, if they're that interested in my browsing behaviour then how do I know they aren't tracking my movements in Chrome by IP or something?

Anyone?

I guess my worry is that if Google is moving towards less transparency in what data they collect and how they use it, then who's to say there isn't something built into Chrome that also collects data? Especially if you have a Google account. Eg: maybe you think you're signed out, but because you're in Chrome, there's some additional level in the software that still recognizes you. ?

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

I am perhaps a bit mistaken about Chrome.   Google apparently does do some "Google stuff" with the Chrome web browser.

Here's some info that comes from some folks in Germany who put out an alternative version of the Chromium web browser that Chrome pulls source code from.

Their web browser is called "Iron" and they state that they've extensively modified the Chromium source code in order to provide more privacy protection.  

Chrome is proprietary software, but Chromium is free software.   Chromium's licensing is a bit complicated, because different parts of it use different free software licenses...some "copyleft" and some parts are not "copyleft".

If you're confused by the term copyleft, what that means for free software is that copyleft free software can't be turned into proprietary software.   Non-copyleft free software can be turned into proprietary software.

You can download Iron here for Windows, MacOSX and GNU/Linux.   It's licensed under the BSD license.   I haven't tried this yet but from some quickie reads in some forums, if you have Chrome or Chromium on your system already things might get a little messy.

 

Iron web browser

 

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

By the way I learned about the Iron web browser on the decentralized, free software, privacy respecting social networking service Diaspora*

The number of Diaspora* users right now is small (about 300,000 world wide) but a project that I think is worth supporting.

 

Ripple

"Open sign-ups are closed at this time," radiorahim..

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

Here is the list of Diaspora* pod servers.

Diaspora* is a federated social network of peer servers.   There is no central server that controls everything the way Facebook or Google+ does.

 

Unionist

How do you convince your friends to join and post?

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How do you convince your friends to join and post?

I don't have any magic answer to that question.

I've maybe convinced about 10% of my FB friends to at least create accounts on Diaspora*

Anyway, in one of his recent speeches (I'll find it somewhere)  Cory Doctorow explained that moving away from data mining services is alot like trying to give up smoking (or any other vices that one might have).   It's not going to kill you tomorrow.   Otherwise everyone would quit.  In the meantime our online vices feel kind of good and we voluntarily allow the data miners to collect massive amounts of personal info about us.

Doctorow said that he needed a reason other than health reasons to give up smoking...so he decided to buy himself a new laptop every year with the money he saved.

So I guess perhaps the key to getting folks to move away from the data miners is to find reasons other than protecting our personal privacy to make the move to privacy respecting things.

One of my free software activist "gurus" (Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Centre) has talked about how the data mining business has become one of the major activities of 21st century North American capitalism since we manufacture very little in this part of the world anymore.

I also find it interesting that the biggest (so far) political crisis in Canada has involved the ruling party's manipulation of data collected through data mining activities.

And what I find even funnier, is folks posting on Facebook about the Conservative Party's election data mining software.   As Bart Simpson would say "Duh".

jas

jas wrote:

I guess my worry is that if Google is moving towards less transparency in what data they collect and how they use it, then who's to say there isn't something built into Chrome that also collects data? Especially if you have a Google account. Eg: maybe you think you're signed out, but because you're in Chrome, there's some additional level in the software that still recognizes you. ?

In fact, I do notice that even when I'm signed out of my Gmail or any other Google account, even when I've cleared all my cookies and browsing history, somehow, when I go into Youtube, Chrome still knows what videos I've already watched. So it is collecting data by IP address it would seem - or more specifically by my computer address. Does anyone know?

Not sure if all browsers do this - I'll give it a test, but I don't think so.