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5 Google Opt-Out Settings To Check
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carmenlezeth
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carmenlezeth,
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1/11/2014 | 10:19:08 AM
GREAT INFO - MUCH NEEDED
Thank you -- this made it much easier to set up my gmail account and privacy settings easier. Also, helped me understand what they've (Google) has been doing. So annoying. But thank you! 
SteveC343
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1/11/2014 | 10:59:20 AM
It's not paranoia when they really are watching you!
Thank you for this information. I appreciate companies are motivated to make money, but automatically opting users in until they opt out is very underhanded. It's all a little too much 'Big Brother' these days for my liking!
anon1205648822
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1/11/2014 | 11:24:38 AM
Re: It's not paranoia when they really are watching you!
No it's not paranoia when they are really watching you. However it is paranoia when you worry about it!
fpgabuilder
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1/11/2014 | 11:27:13 AM
Steps I take to protect myself online...
1. Use Self Destructing Cookies plugin for Firefox. This way my activity is not tracked extensively. 2. When web page or an app asks permission to use location I politely say no and then provide zip code. 3. Never use my social network logins on another site.
danielcawrey
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1/11/2014 | 12:03:14 PM
Re: GREAT INFO - MUCH NEEDED
It's pretty interesting to think about just how many opt-ins Google has users on. I think it is something that everyone should consider. 

One of the things many people don't realize is that when they sign up for something Google-related, they are automatically opting in to a bunch of things by default!
SBAllen
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1/11/2014 | 3:00:37 PM
Re: GREAT INFO - MUCH NEEDED
Google can't be allowed to act like a bunch of thugs; forcing things on you and having to beg them 'please, don't do that'. Don't you think?
tomcat415
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1/11/2014 | 3:47:43 PM
Google Moral compass is Not pointing true North
And Google Has the Cheek to complain about Spam i think there moral compass is Not pointing true North
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1/11/2014 | 3:53:14 PM
The Best Fix
Of course, All the 'fixes' cited in the article assume that you signed up for Google in the first place.

If there is any benifit in using (or being used by) Google i have never seen it.

The best way to protect your privacy from The google's and Facebook's of the world is to not use them.

 

 
BarbaraC789
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1/11/2014 | 4:04:40 PM
Re: GREAT INFO - MUCH NEEDED
You are the same type of people who blissfully hand over your entire life to Facebook without complaining, but call services like google (search, maps, mail, checkout etc) that actually help you get things done as "thugs". Shame on you.
PaulS681
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1/11/2014 | 5:51:49 PM
Re: GREAT INFO - MUCH NEEDED
These opt outs are great as long as you know about them. This article was needed as I didn't know about all of them. The other thing is you hope that if you do opt out you actually are. We have seen that with Facebook before.
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