Yet if you looked through say a couple of years of anyone's search history, there's probably a high chance you could find at least suspicious or incriminating. It's simply the case, that we Google all sorts of things that pop into our heads, often in my case after a long day and with a large drink in my hand. I know for a fact if you pick specific days in my search history, I'll look very much like an undercover terrorist researching my latest target. What's actually happened is I've probably had a few too many whilst reading an article on some horrible atrocity somewhere and started aimlessly browsing the subject of terrorism.
It's a very simple example but a white, slightly tipsy, curious 40 year old agnostic male can look very much like a 20 year old religious fundamentalist with a death wish if you look at their search history out of context. Remember the internet is stuffed full of our history in all sorts of places, including our search histories.
So how can we retain some our privacy?
Well using encryption is obviously a big step, without using something like Identity Cloaker you'll always leave a complete record of everything you do online. However what about the past? Can you imagine the sort of information a company like Facebook or Google has gathered on us over the years? Well fortunately there is a way to rectify this too, at least with regards your Google Search History - thanks to a brand new feature they've introduced.
First Let's Review All the Information That Google has About You.
First you need to start here - Google History Page
Then click the gear icon
And Select Download from the Drop Down Menu
Then you'll be presented with this warning -
In the next post, I'll show you how to remove all this history from Google's servers. Note this not the same as simply removing the history from your local browser.