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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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Kristin Burnham
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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.
Thomas Claburn
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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

 
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. :(
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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1/13/2014 | 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 | 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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1/13/2014 | 10:21:56 AM
Re: Must use PC
Thanks for clarifying
Ariella
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Ariella,
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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+. 
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 | 2:31:16 AM
Must use PC
Should be noted that you can't make these changes using a mobile device or tablet...
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