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5 Google Opt-Out Settings To Check

Google signs you up for more than you think. Are you up to date on these five settings?
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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! 
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?
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.
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!
Kristin Burnham
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1/15/2014 | 9:30:27 PM
Re: It's not paranoia when they really are watching you!
Some may say underhanded, others may say expected from some services. It's another reminder to know as much about a service as possible before you sign up.
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.
stevew928
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1/13/2014 | 1:27:56 PM
Re: Steps I take to protect myself online...
Your point #3 is a big one... and unfortunately it has become quite popular. These companies are literally training people to be phished. You're at some 3rd party site, and are being asked to sign-in with your Facebook or Google credentials (or Wordpress, etc.). At least witih something like Disqus, you can use that ONLY for commenting on posts, but I really prefer a site just have an account creation and log-in of its own.
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mb55177,
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1/13/2014 | 2:42:12 PM
Re: Steps I take to protect myself online...
the big problem of having a seperate account for every website is the fact the there are more places for hackers to find a password and having so many accounts there are bound to be at least a few that use the same password and if for example they all have the same password then if one account gets hacked they all are hacked (although if you are using one account for everything anyway then if that gets hacked everything gets hacked) but still it is much easier to have one account for everything as you don't have to go thru the process of having so many accounts on everything that you forget that you had accounts on certain websites an thinking you accounts on other websites when you never did in the firstplace
stevew928
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1/13/2014 | 6:54:42 PM
Re: Steps I take to protect myself online...
Yes, I think either is a problem in some ways. People are going to have to learn to be more secure in general. First, NEVER use the same password at two different sites. But Second, never log-in via an e-mail link or not directly into the site you're trying to log into.

And, that second one is my big beef with stuff like Facebook Connect or similar services. It's training users to just put in their info when a dialog pops up from one of these services, even though they are on some 3rd party site. Do you know how easy that would be to phish people and snag their Facebook, etc. login? It's a terrible habbit to get people into.

Bottom line, if you want to be more secure, get a passoword manager and use it properly.
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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
stevew928
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1/13/2014 | 7:01:09 PM
Re: Google Moral compass is Not pointing true North
Yep, they've certainly outgrown their start, and seemingly their motto as well. They have bought into the idea that 'business is business' and that you have to do everything possible to make a profit, moral or otherwise, and just try not to get caught if it happes to be illegal. (It's sad, but I was on a more business oriented site not long ago, and someone actually said it is the legal responsiblity of a CEO to do so... everything they can legally get away to maxamize profit is the CEO's legal responsibility... I was kind of floored.)

What is especially troubling to me, is that I'm using a LOT of their stuff. When Microsoft pulled this kind of baloney years ago, I wasn't so tied to their infrastructure, and actually gave myself a competitive advantage by using alternatives. I'm not sure I can so easily do that this time around. :(
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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.

 

 
n2002
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1/12/2014 | 9:49:48 PM
Re: 5 things my azz
Dude. Take it easy. Move on to the next story or the next publication. This piece was incredibily helpful to me as it obviously was to others. Seriously, how much are you paying for the content? Idiots? How about you write the next story, I'm guessing you must be some kind of expert. 

 

To the writer/reporter. Outstanding. I would never know if you didn't write about it. Keep on keepin' on. 

 

 
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1/13/2014 | 2:31:16 AM
Must use PC
Should be noted that you can't make these changes using a mobile device or tablet...
Kristin Burnham
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1/13/2014 | 8:38:41 AM
Re: Must use PC
Each of these does work on a mobile device, but first you need to be signed into your account from a browser (not via an app) and in some instances, visit the original, full site (not the mobile-optimized page). Certainly not easy or intuitive, but can be done!
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1/13/2014 | 8:54:37 AM
Re: Must use PC
@Kristen, thanks for the tips. I've already done 1 and 4. I may consider some of the others, though I do intend to stay on Google+. 
anon5788414938
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1/13/2014 | 10:21:56 AM
Re: Must use PC
Thanks for clarifying
Thomas Claburn
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1/13/2014 | 7:58:32 PM
Re: Must use PC
Here's another useful Google opt-out: targeted ads.

http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/html/opt-out.html

 
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