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Got a Google Account? Here's What They Know About You-but sit down first


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#1 ranchhand_

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 11:11 AM

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/worried-about-what-facebook-knows-about-you-check-out-google-n860781

 


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 09:13 PM

I've read the article from USA Today.  Google is an information collecting company, I can't understand why anyone would be surprised that they store all your information.  Unlike Facebook which just steals it.

 

I haven't tried the link in the article and I am curious if it leads to just one mode of access saved or from all the devices you have  accessed information from.



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Posted 31 March 2018 - 07:53 PM

I believe Google is just as bad as Facebook and both are closely tied with the government. The time has come for everyone to understand that if one chooses to use the Internet (and especially social media), they should assume nothing is ever totally safe and nothing is ever totally private.
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Posted 01 April 2018 - 11:17 AM

With all the flap about Face Bookm don't overlook Google!

 

https://www.rt.com/usa/422753-cambridge-analytica-facebook-scandal/


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Posted 01 April 2018 - 03:41 PM

Yes, indeed!  Google sets .PIF and .NID cookies which are trackers; the NSA actively uses those to track any they choose; in addition, the NSA can use those trackers to hack into users' computers without the users' knowledge. I know for sure Google and Firefox allow those cookies, maybe other browsers also.


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Posted 01 April 2018 - 04:00 PM

As has been said, repeatedly, on this site:  tracking cookies are used by virtually any website/entity you can name.   It's also a simple matter to set your browser to automatically clear them on exit or clear them manually if you so choose.

 

I don't think the government, nor Google, are "out to get me."   Google is, unquestionably, out to "sell me."  Another thing that's been repeatedly said in discussions of any free services is that if you're not being charged for them then you had better presume you are the product, and I do and act accordingly.

 

I must have gone through Google My Account settings when it was first introduced.  I looked at them again in response to the article whose link was posted and it's clear that the defaults would not be "off" though all of mine were.  Any time I get announcements from Google, or my other "free" service providers, about privacy features I check them out immediately and turn as much off as I can turn off.

 

I haven't used Google search for years now because I don't want my searches tracked/compiled.  I use DuckDuckGo because one of their "claims to fame" is that they do not engage in search tracking.


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Posted 03 April 2018 - 06:03 AM

IXQuick is another "trackless" search engine.

On a side note: Entirely too true on you being the product. Ever thought about what they mean by "Human resource" office? Listen Stephan Milineux's "The History of Your Enslavement"  on freedomainradio.com or youtube.



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Posted 05 April 2018 - 09:04 AM

Hi all!

 

On 03/29/16, Ixquick.com was officially "merged" with the same company's StartPage search engine.

 

StartPage, which is the owner of Ixquick, is yet another search engine that does not track you.

 

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:43 PM

With this topic above in mind there are several new SCAMS on Facebook, like the one listed below.

There is a current SCAM being sent (from a Messenger) that needs to be deleted. It was sent to me from an older contact who *may not* know better. If you get it. It will read..

Hi I'm Mark, the Director of Facebook. Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings are real.
Facebook use will cost money. If you send this string to 18 different from your list, your icon will be blue and it will be free for you. If you do not believe me, tomorrow at 6 pm Facebook will be closed and to open it you will have to pay. This is by law. This message is to inform all our users that our servers have been very congested. We are asking you for your help to solve this problem. We require that our active users forward this message to each of the people on your contact list in order to our active Facebook users. If you do not send this message to all your facebook contacts, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts without the transmission of this message. Your SmartPhone will be updated within the next24 hours, will have a new design and a new color for the chat. Dear Facebook users, we are going to do an update for Facebook from 23.00 pm until 05.00 am on this day. (NOTE: The day is not listed). You will not have the possibility to chat with your face book messages. You will have to pay the rate unless you are a frequent user. If you have at least 10 contacts, send this SMS and the logo will turn red to indicate that you are a user Confirmed ... We finish it for free. Tomorrow they start to collect the messages for facebook at 0.37 cents. Forward this message to more than 9 contacts and it will be free for life for you. Watch and the ball will turn green. Do it and you will see Facebook is now free. Send to 10 people to reactivate your service again without cost.

 

Note a few typos / Dates and days are not listed / Just a general scam, so keep your Antivirus and Antimalware updated and active, and if concerned change your passwords now...



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Posted 07 April 2018 - 05:27 PM

Not using Google or Facebook is one way to fight back. Let them both wither and die on the vine.
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Posted 07 April 2018 - 06:12 PM

Not using Google or Facebook is one way to fight back. Let them both wither and die on the vine.

 

I doubt that either one of these entities, and Google in particular, would wither and die on the vine if every single user of their services on any single platform were to bail on them.

 

Facebook is at least somewhat vulnerable to a mass exodus, Google is highly diversified these days and would change its focus and business model if necessary.


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 11:06 AM

I don't do ANYTHING on social media. I had a Facebook account for a while because I needed to update the Facebook page for a club I belonged to at the time. When I left the club, I deleted my Facebook account. All of the personal information that I entered about myself was bogus, such as my birth date, schools that I went to, where I live, etc. I did this, not because I didn't trust Facebook, but in case their site got hacked and personal information was stolen. Now I realize that Facebook itself is the real enemy. I heard that Zuckerberg is going to have to appear before Congress. I hope that they nail his skinny hide to the barn door.

 

My way of fighting back against all of this is to never click on an ad that appears when I'm on the internet. I ignore all of them completely. None of them are anything that I'm interested in anyway.



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Posted 08 April 2018 - 05:38 PM

I have a Facebook account, but I never used my real name and never posted personal info about myself. I fail to see why people feel the need to expose themselves to the world like that. Narcissism? 

 

As for my preferred search engine, I have never found better than Google and will keep on using it on all my devices. I don't get ads anyway, so who cares if they try following my online shopping habits! I don't do anything illegal either, so I don't have much to hide. We live in an era of mass paranoia!  <_<



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Posted 08 April 2018 - 07:58 PM

I don't do anything illegal either, so I don't have much to hide. We live in an era of mass paranoia!  <_<

 

I suggest you do a little more research, particularly in the academic journals dedicated to computing, related to how search history data completely unrelated to something being predicted can be used, with startling reliability, to give a spot on prediction.

 

This isn't paranoia, it's current technology.

 

Hence the reason, though I have nothing to hide about what I'm doing, I don't want people having virtually endless access to the track record of same over a period of years to mine as they see fit.


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 08:25 PM

Google is certainly not the only one doing it. We happen to know about "that" one.

 

Nothing is really free on the web. We're using services and millions of websites for "free". We're downloading "free" software all over the place. How do you think those guys make a living? They're not giving us all that out of generosity. They have to get paid somehow, and unfortunately, they do it with the ads and by selling our personal information to each other. I know it sucks, but as long as we'll want our Internet for "free", it's the "price" we'll have to pay. And who cares what I search for on the Internet. As long as I'm not searching for pictures of naked little boys or for ways to get away with murder, I don't feel like I should worry about them trying to build a shopping profile on me, or using my habits for a survey. I never click on ads, I use ad blockers and extensions to block tracking, and I never use my real name anywhere unless I'm buying something. I use disposable email addresses and I never leave a phone number or my personal address, unless I'm buying something. Yes, I do watch porn once in a while, so what if Google knows? I'm using a Chromebox as my main desktop computer, and an Android phone. Do I get more ads? No. Do I get more sollicitation? No. Do I get more spam? No. 

 

Bottom line is that whatever they have accumulated on me for the past 20 years, I can't say I've been inconvenienced in any way. I don't mind as long as it keeps the web "free". I do agree with you, in a way. But the web is far from being a private place. I don't think we have much of a choice. Everything we do or say on the web remains there forever! 


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