Friday, March 02, 2012

Google Launches New Privacy Standards: 5 Ways to Control Your Online Exposure

Be aware when using these tools, take no chances and monitor in the long-term

Agencies
By Samantha Grossman, Time.com
03/02/2012

Google just rolled out a streamlined privacy policy that consolidates your personal information for use across various Google-owned services. Despite some criticism and accusations of an Orwellian Big Brother scenario, the updated policy's goal, says Google, is "to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience."


There's no denying that the new policy doesn't make it any easier to stay off the digital grid, so here are some things you can do to minimize what Google knows about you.

Google not to be trusted
1. Disable automatic log-in. If you're perpetually logged into your Google account, you might have enabled a password-storing feature in your browser, or at some point selected the Google Accounts option to stay signed in. On the Accounts Preferences page, you can disable this feature. If you still seem to be automatically signed in each time you surf the web, you can go into your browser's privacy settings and clear all cache and cookies

2. Opt out of ads based on interests and demographics. On Google's Ad Preferences page, you can edit or remove the interests Google has determined for you or opt out entirely. You can also find mild entertainment (and, if you're an optimist, relief) in the fact that Google's inferred demographic information about you is often wildly incorrect. 

3. Use an anonymizing tool. Companies like Anonymizer offer a variety of services to keep your personal information secure by routing all your online activity through an encrypted tunnel. A yearly subscription costs $79.99, though the company does offer a free two-week trial and a 30-day money back guarantee. There are also free alternatives like TOR
  
4. Enable private browsing mode. Most browsers feature a "private" mode, where any online activity won't be tracked. (If you haven't yet abandoned all Google products, the company's Chrome web browser offers "incognito mode.") This means the browser will not store search history or cookies, which house data such as sites you visit, preferences and login information. According to Google, this method is particularly useful "if you're planning a surprise birthday present or party," but it could also help keep your information off the record. 

5. Turn to resources other than Google. It's tough to imagine, but there ARE search engines and other mobile and web services completely unaffiliated with Google. Ixquick, for example, calls itself "the world's most private search engine." DuckDuckGo also vows it "does not collect or share personal information. That is our privacy policy in a nutshell." And if you're skeptical about Gmail, there are always plenty of email alternatives, though your kids or coworkers might mock you for using outdated providers.

Above all, be aware and educate yourself. If you're still fearful or at least a bit dubious about Google's privacy policy, you can read the complete text here.

View this article on Time.com


 
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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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