iHelpForum Jester & Door Greeter
WCG Team Member
We know the story of Facebook and Twitter and how they are collecting data on you. We even know what they are doing with that data but have you considered what Google collects and how they use it. If you what to see your data then you can go to takeout.google.com/takeout to download what they have archived. Is this all the data they collect? I very much doubt it. What I suspect is that it is a front to hide what other data they collect. I have looked at the archive for just one of my GMail accounts (Yes, I have several) and find, aside from the email, there is nothing there too disturbing. Some things I do to lessen the impact.
- I never sync my contacts with Gmail or Google. I use a stand alone email client.
- Any Search I do, I do not logon. Whether the browser is Chrome, FireFox or Opera. If at all possible use a secure Search Engine like Go Duck Go. There are several of these search engines out there. Here are just a few, Qwant, searX, SwissCows, Gibiru and StartPage.
- Never upload files, documents or photos that is of a private, personal or secure nature to Google Drive.