What Does Google Know About You?

Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00
What Does Google Know About You?

What does google know about youGoogle knows a lot. But ever wondered how much it actually knows about you? Well, there's a way you can check. With a new feature added by Google, you can view and download your complete search history.

This service has apparently been functioning since January of this year. So, we went ahead and ran the assessment. The findings were wild. Google literally kept track of every image we clicked on, which were mostly cars because of the nature of our work, every google maps address we've ever entered, and of course every regular text search we completed.

Starting to panic yet? Well don't worry; in addition to being able to download your search history, you can clear it.

First though, we'll walk you through the quick couple steps to download your Google search history:

First, go to Google's Web and App Activity page. If you are not logged into your personal account you'll want to make sure you do that. Then, you should be brought to a screen with a series of graphs.

Next, look up in the top right corner and click the gear icon, and select Download from the drop-down menu. A window should pop up making sure you are on your own personal or work computer and not a public or shared computer as this download may contain sensitive personal information. If you wish to continue, then just click Create Archive. It will take a few seconds for Google to compile the data, but then you'll get a link that lets you view your data.

Now, if you don't like the fact that Google is able to obtain all this data, you can certainly get rid of the current data and disable it from being able to capture anymore information. However, by knowing what you typically search for, Google optimizes itself to give each individual person the most relevant results possible. It's something nice that you may not realize is actually helpful until you delete everything.

If you still would like to remove your search history, you will have to maneuver back to the Google's Web and App Activity page. Once again click the gear in the upper right, but this time you will chose Remove Items from the drop-down menu. It will now ask you whether you want to remove items for the past hour, past day, week, or all the way to the beginning of time. Make your choice, click remove and that's it! Now you won't have to worry about anyone finding out about the time you searched for that "How to Twerk" video.

We also found a way to see why those ads on Google are always so perfectly tailored to your interests... well, sometimes. Google's Ad Settings are completely transparent and visible to users and you can see yours by following that link. Check out your results. Where they accurate? First of all, did they at least get your gender and age correct? What about your interests? As you can see from the iFrog Digital Marketing Team, Google wasn't always exactly spot on.






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