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    Deleting your Google Search History

    Have you ever wondered what Google Search really knows about you? Well, now you can check, as Google has added a new feature that lets you view and download your entire search history.
    Yep. Everything.
    The feature, which was spotted by the unofficial Google Operating System Blog — though VentureBeat points out that the function was made available in January — gives you access to everything from what you searched for to the links you clicked on from those searches. It also shows you the addresses you’ve searched for.
    I was even able to see the list of images I clicked on while searching for pictures of cats eating spaghetti. Now imagine what you’ve looked for. Oh, and clearing your browser history won’t delete this data.
    But there’s no reason to panic, because in addition to being able to download your search history, you can clear it.
    First, here’s how to download your history:

    1. Navigate to Google’s Web and App Activity page.

    2. Next, click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

    3. Then select Download from the drop-down menu.

    You’ll then receive a pop-up window warning you not to download your search history to a public computer, as it contains a large amount of sensitive information.
    4. If you want to continue, click Create Archive.


    Once your history is downloaded, you’ll receive a link in a few seconds that lets you view your data.
    If you don’t want to download your data, and would rather get rid of it, you can do that as well. Of course, there are some reasons to let Google keep your search data. For one thing, it guarantees faster search results. It also ensures that Google Now has all of the latest relevant information about you. If you delete your data, your searches won’t be as tailored to your habits.
    Still want to get rid of your search history? Here’s how:

    Before we get started, it’s worth pointing out that if you want to keep your information hidden, you can use your browser’s privacy option, which keeps Google from saving your data — though it can still be seen by your service provider or employer.
    Simply deleting you browser history won’t clear the data saved by Google, as you’re only deleting the information stored by your browser and not what’s on Google’s servers. To do that, you’ll have to:
    1. Navigate to the Web and App Activity Page and click the gear icon in the top-right corner.

    2. Select Remove Items and choose the beginning of time from the drop-down menu.

    3.Click Remove and kiss your data goodbye.

    That’s it. All of your search history will be deleted, and you’ll never have to worry about Google knowing about the time you looked for tickets to a Justin Bieber concert.
    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/heres-how...031199754.html

    Thought some of you might be interested......

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    Thanks

    All clean

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    Interested ? Who, me ? (nervous titter, twitch).

    Thanks, CSFFan.

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    using the "incognito" browsing feature in settings ensures no history is ever saved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    using the "incognito" browsing feature in settings ensures no history is ever saved.
    Only on chrome.........nearly all my browsers start on a Google search page with the same user name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boloa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    using the "incognito" browsing feature in settings ensures no history is ever saved.
    Only on chrome.........nearly all my browsers start on a Google search page with the same user name.
    Sorry just noticed all my browsers have Private browsing options.....learning all the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by boloa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    using the "incognito" browsing feature in settings ensures no history is ever saved.
    Only on chrome.........nearly all my browsers start on a Google search page with the same user name.
    So logout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    Have you ever wondered what Google Search really knows about you? Well, now you can check, as Google has added a new feature that lets you view and download your entire search history.
    Yep. Everything.
    The feature, which was spotted by the unofficial Google Operating System Blog — though VentureBeat points out that the function was made available in January — gives you access to everything from what you searched for to the links you clicked on from those searches. It also shows you the addresses you’ve searched for.
    I was even able to see the list of images I clicked on while searching for pictures of cats eating spaghetti. Now imagine what you’ve looked for. Oh, and clearing your browser history won’t delete this data.
    But there’s no reason to panic, because in addition to being able to download your search history, you can clear it.
    First, here’s how to download your history:

    1. Navigate to Google’s Web and App Activity page.

    2. Next, click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

    3. Then select Download from the drop-down menu.

    You’ll then receive a pop-up window warning you not to download your search history to a public computer, as it contains a large amount of sensitive information.
    4. If you want to continue, click Create Archive.


    Once your history is downloaded, you’ll receive a link in a few seconds that lets you view your data.
    If you don’t want to download your data, and would rather get rid of it, you can do that as well. Of course, there are some reasons to let Google keep your search data. For one thing, it guarantees faster search results. It also ensures that Google Now has all of the latest relevant information about you. If you delete your data, your searches won’t be as tailored to your habits.
    Still want to get rid of your search history? Here’s how:

    Before we get started, it’s worth pointing out that if you want to keep your information hidden, you can use your browser’s privacy option, which keeps Google from saving your data — though it can still be seen by your service provider or employer.
    Simply deleting you browser history won’t clear the data saved by Google, as you’re only deleting the information stored by your browser and not what’s on Google’s servers. To do that, you’ll have to:
    1. Navigate to the Web and App Activity Page and click the gear icon in the top-right corner.

    2. Select Remove Items and choose the beginning of time from the drop-down menu.

    3.Click Remove and kiss your data goodbye.

    That’s it. All of your search history will be deleted, and you’ll never have to worry about Google knowing about the time you looked for tickets to a Justin Bieber concert.
    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/heres-how...031199754.html

    Thought some of you might be interested......
    How do you delete the NSA's copy?

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    Is this only if you are logged into google?

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    I'm stuck at step one. I can't even see Google’s Web and App Activity page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    I'm stuck at step one. I can't even see Google’s Web and App Activity page.

    Click on the link that he provides for you in 'Step 1'.

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    Thanks, palexxxx.

    So it appears you have to have a Google account/email address to be able to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Thanks, palexxxx.

    So it appears you have to have a Google account/email address to be able to do it.
    Yes... otherwise how would Google know who you are and where to save the browsing data

    People that don't have a Google account or log in to Google need not to worry

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    Quote Originally Posted by boloa
    People that don't have a Google account or log in to Google need not to worry
    think again - how many web pages do you visit that do not have google-analytics javascript running ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boloa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Thanks, palexxxx.

    So it appears you have to have a Google account/email address to be able to do it.
    Yes... otherwise how would Google know who you are and where to save the browsing data

    People that don't have a Google account or log in to Google need not to worry
    Lots of people use the Google Chrome browser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by boloa
    People that don't have a Google account or log in to Google need not to worry
    think again - how many web pages do you visit that do not have google-analytics javascript running ?
    All of them. https://noscript.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by boloa
    People that don't have a Google account or log in to Google need not to worry
    think again - how many web pages do you visit that do not have google-analytics javascript running ?
    Anybody that is that worried that some sites they visit may have google-analytics javascript running then they better use a proxy server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by boloa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Thanks, palexxxx.

    So it appears you have to have a Google account/email address to be able to do it.
    Yes... otherwise how would Google know who you are and where to save the browsing data

    People that don't have a Google account or log in to Google need not to worry
    Lots of people use the Google Chrome browser.
    But you don't have to be logged into a Google account to use it. The OP is about cleaning out your Google Accounts browser history, not your Google Chrome browser
    Big Ol' Lucky Ol' Al.

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    I believe they can still rip out your HDD, if they're serious enuff.
    Ain't no privacy, just secrecy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boloa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by boloa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Thanks, palexxxx.

    So it appears you have to have a Google account/email address to be able to do it.
    Yes... otherwise how would Google know who you are and where to save the browsing data

    People that don't have a Google account or log in to Google need not to worry
    Lots of people use the Google Chrome browser.
    But you don't have to be logged into a Google account to use it. The OP is about cleaning out your Google Accounts browser history, not your Google Chrome browser
    Thanks. It wasn't clear from the OP. It doesn't mention accounts. It just says 'Google Search History' and 'everything from what you searched for'.
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    Thanks for that CNF55.

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    I believe they can still rip out your HDD, if they're serious enuff.
    Use Tails. It's a secure OS which you can boot from a USB drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Thanks, palexxxx.

    So it appears you have to have a Google account/email address to be able to do it.
    It's a wickedly controlling system....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Thanks, palexxxx.

    So it appears you have to have a Google account/email address to be able to do it.
    It's a wickedly controlling system....
    Aren't all religions


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