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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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HOW TO let Google watch over your web activity

When we get onto the Internet, we trade our privacy for convenience. Everyone from marketers, ISPs to Governments can watch our activities on the Internet.

I chuckled when I saw a question on Stack Exchange from an enquirer wanting to find how he can get Google to save not just his search queries but track every URL he types browsers across multiple machines he uses. When we are already giving away so much information, why not leverage these services to the fullest?

Google Web History can be set up to track things other than just search. If you're using Internet Explorer, install the Google Toolbar (only available for Internet Explorer) which will then submit all the URLs you access to Google Web History. If you're using Chrome, all of the features of Google Toolbar are already built into it.

Signing in to Chrome brings your bookmarks, history, and other settings to all your devices. Anything you update on one device instantly updates everywhere else, and your Chrome stuff is safe in case anything happens to your computer. 

With Chrome, you don't just centralize the storage of your browsing history but also all of these:
  • Apps - Add an app on one computer. Access it on all your computers.
  • Bookmarks - Quickly go to your favorite sites, no matter where you are.
  • Extensions - Use your custom features on all your computers.
  • Settings - Browse the web with familiar settings, like your home page, on all your computers.
  • Omnibox - Get autocomplete suggestions for the sites you visit most.
  • Passwords - Retrieve your saved passwords whenever you need them.
  • Autofill - Fill out forms faster on all your computers.
  • Themes - Color your Chrome and bring it with you to all your computers.
When you're signed in, Google also keeps a record of your Voice & Audio activity and YouTube viewing history

Google declares that besides collecting info about you through a variety of cookies, it may have your location information, your voice recordings (if you use the Voice Search option), your face model (to help with facial detection if you enabled the Google+ Find my Face feature),

Related: Don't let Chrome & Firefox remember your passwords on a shared computer

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