Google is Always Recording Your Every Move

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Google is Always Recording Your Every Move

If you use many of Google’s services like I do, be aware that Google stores a ton of information about you and your Internet activities which includes visited s

Google is Always Recording Your Every Move

If you use many of Google’s services like I do, be aware that Google stores a ton of information about you and your Internet activities which includes visited sites, search terms used, maps displayed, email contacts, calendar data, emails, chat history, phone records (via Google Voice), Google/YouTube videos, Picasa photos, documents you store online (via Google Documents), Google Checkout to buy and sell products/services, Google Buzz updates (similar to Twitter) and advertising (via Google Adwords). If you use an Android handset, Google also stores your cell phone data.

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If the authorities want to know what you have been up to, they can subpoena Google to hand over a mountain of information about you. Google also retains data for many years. So information about you can be obtained from many years ago.

Additionally, identity thieves are a huge threat! Getting access to your Gmail account will unlock every other Google service. Last October, it was reported that thousands of Gmail, AOL, MSN, Hotmail and Yahoo accounts were accessed via a phishing scheme.

So be extremely careful the information you give Google. You may want to consider using other services to spread the risk. You can visit www.google.com/dashboard to find out what information you are sharing and adjust your security settings. It’s always a good idea to use passwords that are hard to guess by using symbols and upper/lower case letters. If your Google account is ever stolen or hacked, you can use Google’s account-recovery page at Also read-making yahoo home page