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How to Remove Your Google Search History Before Google's New Privacy Policy Takes Effect


On March 1st, Google will implement its new, unified privacy policy, which will affect data Google has collected on you prior to March 1st as well as data it collects on you in the future. Until now, your Google Web History (your Google searches and sites visited) was cordoned off from Google's other products. This protection was especially important because search data can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including facts about your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, health concerns, and more. If you want to keep Google from combining your Web History with the data they have gathered about you in their other products, such as YouTube or Google Plus, you may want to remove all items from your Web History and stop your Web History from being recorded in the future.

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your alternative is?

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My google account was created

My google account was created automatically after they tied it with my youtube account. Is there anyway to have a youtube account without having one with google?


I believe now they make you have a google account. It used to be you could just have a youtube account.

are you

given the same ip address with different computers. if you get a new computer to say?what if you change companies ie. comcast or at&t?

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IP addresses are unique

Your ISP has a designated group of IP addresses they are able to hand out to their customers. These are, typically, dynamically assigned to each customer. For the most part you will only have a single IP address handed out to you at your house from your ISP. It can and does change from time to time. However, your internet router and/or modem has what is called a MAC (not to be confused with Apple) address. This is unique to that device. And, while a MAC addresses can be faked, in most cases this address could be kept in a log and be searched against to track you as well.

what about WiFi

Could that be a way to avoid tracking? Or can the WiFi server read past IP addresses used by your computer thereby identifying you from past logins from home?

Same principle

If you are speaking about using wifi at your house, the principle is the same. There is a wireless router between you and your ISP. Whether you plug a network cable in or use wifi, the device that the ISP sees is the modem that they gave to you. They know that that MAC address corresponds to your account. No matter how many devices are behind that modem on your home network, every bit and byte of data sent to or from your house can be tracked to that modem.

If you are at a public wifi, that's a bit trickier for them to track in some cases. BUT, your wifi adapter on your laptop, cell phone, iPad, or whatever has a MAC address, too. The manufacturer can track who purchased each device by that MAC address.

As mentioned previously, you can fake your MAC address on your computer but this is probably not something everyone will want to attempt.

Thanks Broxoth!

Thanks Broxoth!

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There is no way

to truly delete your internet history. Unless you were already savvy enough to use multiple proxy servers to mask your IP address your IP address history is data based somewhere in Google's server farms and is trackable.

Sorry to ruin your day ;)

This is correct, but moving

This is correct, but moving forward you can use something like StartPage or Ixquick, StartPage's parent site, to search. These sites also offer the ability to open up sites with a proxy link, hence hiding your IP Address from the visited website.

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Have a SSN? Driver's License? Pulse? Then you may already be f'ed.


Are Ixquick.com and Startpage.com the same?

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Katherine Albrecht www.katherinealbrecht.com
was hired has some sort of PR position by Ixquick. She thought startpage was a more catchy and easy to remember name.
She also recommends Ubuntu (linux) as an OS as a substitute for Windows. I switched to this and it worked great! I now use linux Mint. Why would anyone pay for Windows?

I've been a Debian Linux user for about a month,

but I tried Ubuntu and Mint first. They're all great operating systems.


I've been promoting Ixquick ever since I tried to find an alternative to Google (found out Bing was owned by Microsoft, and dropped it pretty quickly).

I believe Startpage is a sister-site of Ixquick, so practically the same thing, but Startpage gives you Google results without using Google. Sounds good to me!

If I'm not mistaken, StartPage uses the Ixquick search engine.

StartingPage however, uses Google's engine and feeds the results to you similar to the process used by Scroogle.

Two very similar names, but two different engines.

StartPage = Ixquick

StartingPage = proxied Google search

I've been using Ixquick for years

hope it continues to stay private

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What about people using smart

What about people using smart phones with google Android? You need gmail on most of those phones.

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Use Google Dashboard

See your privacy settings across all Google products including Android.

this may be a silly question BUT

if I don't have a "Google Log-In" that means Google does not have my info?
I use Firefox but in the box below is, the name "Google' appears -so it's confusing if I am actually using Firefox to goggle or actually using Google!

Google can track your searches by your IP address,

even if you don't have a Google login.

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Good rule of thumb...

Remember that Google is, at its core, a unifying web platform. By its nature, it attempts to federate all the myriad of different activities you perform online. By so doing, it makes things simpler. But as simplicity increases, privacy decreases. With the Google platform, this is necessary.

So, if you want to keep your privacy as much as possible:


*Use the Chrome browser only for activities you don't mind being in the open.
*For private activities, use Firefox and Startpage.

    Email and IM

*Remember that most email and IM is sent "in the clear", meaning that anyone can read it if they know where and how to look.
*Skype IM is just about the only free encrypted IM that I know of. As to the details of the encryption used, I am not sure. I'd love to find out if anybody knows.
*If you want to transfer files, don't use email. There's many reasons but from a privacy standpoint, try to use a secure FTP server or a cloud-based service like Egnyte (www.egnyte.com - NOT free).

    In regards to free cloud-based services,

there are thousands out there but remember that you get what you pay for. Dropbox is good, has a free option, and is encrypted. I love it and use it. BUT, they could suddenly close their doors and, as an UNpaid customer, your paths of recourse to get your data back may be severely limited.

    In regards to any cloud-services,

if the Federal government wants the data they will get the data. Your last line at protecting your information would be running your own secured servers. Even here, an obvious breach of the 4th Ammendment, the Feds have no trouble walking all over the courts. But with this you have at least taken physical control of your own data and done your damnedest to keep them out of your privacy.

I welcome any other ideas, criticisms, corrections, or admonishments.

All bad suggestions

Because you suggest STILL USING GOOGLE.

STOP USING IT... do u need to be TAZED before you will stop?

Personal choice

Look, that's a personal choice and I did NOT suggest that anyone use Google. I said that I weigh everything and personally make the choice to use Google in some cases.

Full disclosure, I use them heavily - Gmail, Android phone, Android tablet

This is my choice to make. And as I also mentioned, this is not my only means of email or communication. The truth is that any service you use is a policy change away from doing the same thing and a government raid away from disclosing everything you save on the internet.

Taze away. I will still WISELY use Google's services as well as others [currently] less flippant with user privacy.

Recommendations about Google Info Capture and Use

Thanks for the info, broxoth.

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Associated to this, you are

Associated to this, you are required to unencrypt data by court order. A possible loophole here is to use a destroyable USB key (and possibly a second key, hidden away somewhere). That way, if you destroy the key, there is no way feasible to unencrypt the data.

That said, actually destroying your flash drive (especially while evading destruction of evidence proceedings) is tough. You can smash it but you then have to hope that the memory chip itself is destroyed. You'd probably be best off driving a spike into it--which necessitates a clear mind, a hammer, and a bit of luck. That backup flash drive should be hidden somewhere environmentally safe but essentially invisible. Literally built into your car or a bicycle might work but are common drug hiding places. In an attic, perhaps it could be buried in insulation. The idea is to evade a detective.

As it happens, technology tend to be stubbornly durable except against random faults and accidental damage.

Drill presses are very

Drill presses are very effective and clean. Water and fire are decidedly ineffective. Physical destruction is only one piece of that puzzle, as you mentioned.

Given half an hour or a shed

Given half an hour or a shed of tools, you could almost surely destroy a flash drive and make the data contained unrecoverable. The point is that, if the police decide to knock on YOUR door, that you can destroy it with <30 seconds notice. A better but perhaps more dangerous plan would be to hit the bare memory chip of your flash drive with the corner of a hammer and then drop it into a container of hydrochloric acid. The idea there being that the flash drive is wholly unrecoverable (since HCl looks like water, they'll probably not know it's corrosive (if the container is mislabeled or generic)). At a minimum, you want to shatter the memory chip. Better, is turning it into dust or worse

That said, your case might turn from a medium-strength case with evidence to a strong circumstantial case--since prosecution would argue that you destroyed evidence (though this possibly prior to a warrant being served). Use such ideas at your own risk: it's tough to implement and a real hassle during everyday life. It also is possible to lose all your data: if your spare flash drive stops working, you're all but locked out. Perhaps a second spare located somewhere else entirely...

Combined with a security camera with motion alerts, you'd have a better chance to dispose of the encryption key while out and about. Dropping it into a sewer or throwing it in the street while at a red light should be sufficient; you're counting on the 99.9999% chance that it's not traceable back to you. If it's lost, it's as good as gone.

Now then, this is all hypothetical. I really hope protecting liberty doesn't come down to breaking criminal laws. Despite that, with a somewhat macabre mindset, I personally think it'd be both awesome and effective to lock a trespasser inside my house and blare eclectic music. Physically harmless, strongly psychological, and entirely possible to catch the trespasser. Note to future burglars: get really familiar with Peter Gabriel's solo albums.