Protecting Your Accounts With a Secure Password Manager

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If you’re the kind of person who constantly resets passwords and usernames, recycles the same password you’ve been using for the past seven years, and struggles with tracking password changes on hand-written notes or spreadsheets, then it’s time for a serious upgrade. You need a password management tool. Continue reading “Protecting Your Accounts With a Secure Password Manager”

Is There Anyone Listening In? A Primer on Mobile and Internet Security

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The media revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and others have been highly publicized over the past month. Unfortunately often times the media is more concerned with ratings and readership than with accurate and detailed information. This article will serve as part one of a three part exploration of phone use and data transfer, the ability of agencies to intercept and record these activities, and the likely future of the technology involved.

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How To Delete Your Google Web History Before the Unified Privacy Policy Takes Effect

Delete Your Google Web History

Google recently announced that it was changing its privacy policy and sharing data that it collects about its users amongst all of its services, beginning on March 1st.

What this means is that information from your web history searches and the web sites you visit is going to be combined with information from other Google products like YouTube and Gmail.

If you’re sensitive about your personal information being shared on the Web, then here is an easy way to turn off your search history and stop it from being recorded:

  1. Browse to Google.com, and Sign In to your Google account.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the page, click the dropdown menu by your name.
  3. Select “Accounts Settings”
  4. Find “Services Section”
  5. Under “Services”, there is a section which says “View, enable, disable web history.” Click the link next to it which says: “Go to Web History.”
  6. Select “Remove all Web History”

When you click on “Remove all Web History,” a message appears that says “Web History is Paused.” What this means is that although Google will continue collecting and permanently storing information about your web history, it will make all data anonymous: Google will not connect your Web History information with your online accounts, and will therefore be unable to send you customized search results.

You may have already known about turning off search history, as this is one of the top settings to change if you don’t want any potentially sensitive searches (religion, sex, health, location, etc.) to be recorded. But with the information giant consolidating its products and “simplifying” its privacy policy, now is a good time to check your personal data sharing settings in Google.