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How to delete your Google browsing history in three simple steps . . .
Daily Mail ^ | February 23, 2012 | Julian Gavaghan

Posted on 02/23/2012 2:49:35 PM PST by greyfoxx39

There is just a week to go until Google controversially changes its privacy policy to allow it to gather, store and use personal information about its users. But there is one way to stymie the web giant's attempts to build a permanent profile of you that could include personal information including age, gender, locality and even sexuality. From March 1, you won't be able to opt out of the new policy, which has been criticised by privacy campaigners who have filed a complaint to U.S. regulators.

But before that date you can delete your browsing history and, which will limit the extent to which Google records your every move - including your embarrasing secrets. Here's how:

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2105435/Three-simple-steps-delete-Google-browsing-history--late.html#ixzz1nFRLSleN

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: google; privacy; searchengine; searchengines; spy

1 posted on 02/23/2012 2:49:38 PM PST by greyfoxx39
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To: greyfoxx39

What if you didn’t have an account, just used their search engine?


2 posted on 02/23/2012 2:56:14 PM PST by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: greyfoxx39

ping


3 posted on 02/23/2012 2:56:26 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: greyfoxx39

https://www.ixquick.com

Usually I add www.scroogle.org as a good non google search site, but, google or someone got them.

“A week ago, we reported that Scroogle was being blocked by Google and searches on the privacy search engine were no longer working. Since then, the site continued not to work and now it is completely offline.”

http://searchengineland.com/scroogle-org-is-gone-forever-says-site-owner-112245


4 posted on 02/23/2012 2:57:35 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: greyfoxx39
For example if one person searches for pictures of scantily clad women, the next family member to use the internet may find themselves being recommended a bikini contest on YouTube.

Uh-oh... No telling what my son's going to see following that ill advised "Aunt Fritzi Nude" image search.

5 posted on 02/23/2012 2:58:22 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Netizen

Then they’ll just be able to track you by your IP address, which would take legal action to link to you, personally. But it wouldn’t stop them from sending ads to your IP address, for example.

Are they Being Evil yet?


6 posted on 02/23/2012 2:59:26 PM PST by bigbob
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To: dynachrome

i use http://www.mamma.com now


7 posted on 02/23/2012 2:59:38 PM PST by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: greyfoxx39

It says sign into your Google account. I used Google in years past to search, but nothing else. So how do I have a Google account if I have no memory of ever having an account?


8 posted on 02/23/2012 3:01:28 PM PST by rightly_dividing (You cannot put a gun rack in a Volt !)
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To: bigbob

Is there a way to erase ones search history, without having had an account? Its the principle of the thing that bugs me.


9 posted on 02/23/2012 3:02:02 PM PST by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: greyfoxx39
Deleting search history is easy. I do it all the time, even though I have it (supposedly) set up up to not record my searches. What I'd like to know is how to delete the data stored in the drop-down box when you start typing in a search. It's gotta be stored in a file somewhere on my PC, but I can't find it. I tried using different search engines to find out how to do this, but no one seems to know.
10 posted on 02/23/2012 3:06:55 PM PST by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: Netizen

Thanks, I’ll give it a whirl.


11 posted on 02/23/2012 3:07:33 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: greyfoxx39

I “opted out” of Google long ago. I use the Ixquick search engine which at least claims to keep or disseminate no info at all about users.


12 posted on 02/23/2012 3:08:42 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: greyfoxx39

IXQuick.com and StartPage.com are now my two search engines of choice. And if you really want results from Google, StartPage gets that for you anyway...

===CUT===

Startpage offers you Web search results from Google in complete privacy!

When you search with Startpage, we remove all identifying information from your query and submit it anonymously to Google ourselves. We get the results and return them to you in total privacy.

Your IP address is never recorded, your visit is not logged, and no tracking cookies are placed on your browser. When it comes to protecting your privacy, Startpage runs the tightest ship on the Internet. Our outstanding privacy policy and thoughtful engineering give you great search results in total anonymity. Here are some of our key features:

Free proxy surfing available.
Praised by privacy experts worldwide.
Twelve-year company track record.
Third-party certified.

No IP address recorded.
No record is made of your searches.
No identifying or tracking cookies used.
Powerful SSL encryption available.


13 posted on 02/23/2012 3:14:29 PM PST by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: jeffc

In Firefox under options check the advanced tab. In the general tab there’s a box to uncheck “Search for text when I start typing”

Under Privacy there are boxes to uncheck.

I don’t know if this will help you, or if you have done this already.


14 posted on 02/23/2012 3:22:49 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Netizen

If you do NOT have a Youtube account, you are one of the lucky ones...


15 posted on 02/23/2012 3:23:06 PM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: rightly_dividing

There are some sites which require either Yahoo, Disqus and or Google (blogger, Youtube) names to enter each sites forums if you want to make a post or comment.

The best example is if you have a Youtube account, then automatically...you have a Google account.


16 posted on 02/23/2012 3:26:08 PM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: greyfoxx39

If you don’t sign in, Google will track your searches via the computer’s IP address. The only way to clear your personal history is by signing in.
_____________________

Wonder how they do that when your IP changes every time you log on. Good luck goo gle. Seriously, it’s not rocket science to circumvent goo gle.


17 posted on 02/23/2012 3:32:58 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: bigbob; Netizen

They can’t track your IP if you hide it and they also can’t track an Ip unless it’s a static IP. Many are shared by you and many other people. I find goo gle comical. Sometimes when I hide my IP they won’t let me search. They want me to type in the code. I just change it to another search engine when they do that. Also, use Bing or even better startpage and tell goo gle to kya.


18 posted on 02/23/2012 3:37:11 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: max americana

You don’t have to have a goo gle account to view You Tube. If you want to comment or upload videos, then, yes you do. SO if that is the case, make up a fake yahoo, aol or whoever email address and use it for nothing except to get the account. Hide your IP while you make the account and every time after that. Change your IP frequently. Right now when I click on Goo gle it shows I am in Austin Texas. I can assure you I’m far away from there.

Where goo gle thinks I am:

Austin, TX

Change location
Search Options

Any time
Past hour
Past 24 hours
Past 2 days
Past week
Past month
Past year
Custom

I am so not there.


19 posted on 02/23/2012 3:43:48 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: dynachrome
All the others are fine an dandy, except the search results are lacking. Test it yourself. Search something in Google and then in one of the others. Compare the results. The simply don't compare.

I think a better approach is to break the bond between the free email accounts you might have and the search engine you use. I don't generally care if my searches are tracked per se, but when they can be tied to me personally I lose the warm fuzzies. I think a Hotmail or Yahoo email account with Google searches is better than GMail and IXQuick. IMHO of course...

20 posted on 02/23/2012 3:43:48 PM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: mojitojoe

“...your IP changes every time you log on.”

Is that true? Haven’t needed tech support in a long time now, thank GOD, but when I did more frequently, my IP was the same (it seemed) from visit to visit.


21 posted on 02/23/2012 3:44:47 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: jeffc
Deleting search history is easy. I do it all the time, even though I have it (supposedly) set up up to not record my searches. What I'd like to know is how to delete the data stored in the drop-down box when you start typing in a search. It's gotta be stored in a file somewhere on my PC, but I can't find it. I tried using different search engines to find out how to do this, but no one seems to know.

I think those items that appear in the Google search box have nothing to do with any searches you have done. When you start to type in a search, Google uses the data from all of the searches people make to predict what you are likely to be searching for.

Just now, out of curiosity, I started typing "what is the" and the top query that Google spelled out was "what is the cinnamon challenge?" That most definitely is nothing I've ever searched for before! After making that search, Google then assumed that I wanted more cinnamon challenge searches, and populated the box with those after I had typed a couple of letters. I think, in that case, it was looking at cookies (which you can delete along with the history).

22 posted on 02/23/2012 3:58:11 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: max americana

i don’t have a youtube account either


23 posted on 02/23/2012 3:58:24 PM PST by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: EDINVA

You must have a static IP. Check your freepmail.


24 posted on 02/23/2012 3:59:49 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: RingerSIX

Added it to my search engine folder. May switch to it. Thanks


25 posted on 02/23/2012 4:07:43 PM PST by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: greyfoxx39

I see that Ixquick and Startpage have already been mentioned. They’re tight on privacy, no doubt, but I prefer DuckDuckGo’s interface. It’s based out of the great state of Pennsylvania and has a similar focus on privacy. It gets search results from Bing.


26 posted on 02/23/2012 4:33:06 PM PST by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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To: Netizen

Was wondering the same thing... no account means they won’t be tracked??


27 posted on 02/23/2012 4:49:48 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Reddy

Correction: No account means that YOU won’t be tracked?

Also, what are the subsidiaries of Google that need to be avoided? Yahoo??


28 posted on 02/23/2012 4:51:51 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: greyfoxx39

bookmarking


29 posted on 02/23/2012 5:21:32 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Reddy
If you allow cookies then you can be tracked with or without a Google account. Google has recently been caught ignoring/by-passing privacy features in two Internet browsers to collect user data.

One way to avoid being tracked and still use Google, etc. is to use Tor www.torproject.org. "Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis"

Download the Tor Browser Bundle and keep it updated. The Tor browser (Firefox) comes preconfigured and you can use it for all your web use or just for searches and then use your "regular" browser to go to the sites. Again, if you use another browser other than the Tor Browser Bundle then cookies can track your web usage.

If the State or your ISP wants to track your Internet usage they can do it fairly easily. Using Tor helps but it is not foolproof.

30 posted on 02/23/2012 5:29:07 PM PST by VoteHarryBrowne2000 (Mad as Zell! (Awakening for my Quadrennial pre-election posts, will update tag line soon.))
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To: jeffc
What I'd like to know is how to delete the data stored in the drop-down box when you start typing in a search.

I've never found a way to completely clear a single box in a single operation, but if you highlight the entry you want to remove, you hit the "Del" key, and it goes away. This works in Firefox, not sure about other browsers.

31 posted on 02/23/2012 5:35:59 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: greyfoxx39

Thanks


32 posted on 02/23/2012 6:36:36 PM PST by STJPII
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To: greyfoxx39

To save Google the trouble, I just email them whenever I am about to do something. For example, I emailed them earlier today that I was having a sausage and egg sandwich for lunch. They didn’t respond but I know that they filed the information away for future reference.


33 posted on 02/23/2012 6:48:59 PM PST by SamAdams76 (Rick Santorum for President - 2012)
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To: greyfoxx39
A total waste of time.

Just don't use Google. You won't miss it.

34 posted on 02/23/2012 8:40:18 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Do all He commands. Receive all He promises.)
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To: call meVeronica; TXDuke

Bump/ping


35 posted on 02/26/2012 9:14:53 PM PST by call meVeronica
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To: Fresh Wind

I don’t use Google search much. In fact, I only use it as a last resort. Bing works fairly well, and I find that when I start to type something in, and the suggestion drop-down box appears, there is a “Manage Search History” link at the bottom right of the box. Clicking on that and clearing out things I don’t want prying eyes to see (like when I did a search at Victoria’s Secret’s site for Valentine’s Day - I didn’t want my wife to “accidentally” find out!!) seems to clear the drop-down box for all search engines.


36 posted on 02/28/2012 10:55:15 PM PST by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: jeffc

I use this to delete, histories,cookies, almost anything that is tracked.

Index.dat Analyzer

Index.dat files are hidden files on your computer that contain all tracks of your online activity, where have you been on internet, what sites you visited, list of URL-s, files and documents you recently accessed. Index.dat files stored on your computer are obviously a potential privacy threat as they can be found and viewed without your knowledge. Index.dat Analyzer is free tool to view and delete contents of hidden index.dat files.

http://www.windows7download.com/win7-index-dat-analyzer/download-syzxcdms.html


37 posted on 02/28/2012 11:26:16 PM PST by Master of Orion
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