You Are The Product
Updated: Nov 27, 2022
Google is getting more aggressive about “helping you make searches faster and get customized experiences in Search, Maps, Now, and other Google products.” This “translates” into monitoring your search activity in order to monetize you – YOU are the product. These are not your friends just trying to be caring, so beware of your privacy settings.
Have you noticed ads repeatedly popping up elsewhere on your browser for items you have comparison searched on Google after you clicked several of the convenient picture shopping links?
You can control your Google Experience and turn off the blue toggle switches to protect your privacy, although you may also lose some functionality you enjoy.
If you don’t want push notifications from Google+ you can just say “NO THANKS!”
In addition, you should control what information is collected through a Privacy Checkup of what you share on YouTube.
Facebook also has Basic Privacy Settings & Tools you should visit and use.
Here’s a handy link to Epic.org’s Online Guide to Privacy Resources.