Google Isn’t Evil, But Using All Google Products is ConcerningChristian Stewart ✔️Feb 24 · 2 min readUsing Google isn’t likely to cause you any harm (unless Google suffers a data breach). However, if you’re using Google’s entire product line, you could be sharing an absurd amount of information with a single company.This level of data collection allows Google to get a very clear picture of who you are, what you’re interested in, and what you do on the internet. If you’re concerned about Google using this information to serve you creepy ads all over the place, you should try a private browser and a private search engine.
With the right browser and the right search engine, you’ll never have to clear your history again.
Chrome Has Become SpywareGoogle’s browser has become another key source of user data for Google to power its massive advertising network. While other browsers like Mozilla Firefox at least try to minimize the cookies and other tracking you experience online, Chrome basically encourages tracking. Google uses the data it collects from Chrome and other products to target ads served on its ad networks.
Remove Your Google Account from Your Browser [Or Log Out of Chrome]
If you’ve logged in to Chrome, Google can track your browsing and then link that activity to your Google profile.This lets Google collect far more information about your browsing than if you were using another browser. Think about the information you store in your browser that Google Analytics can’t collect.
While Google may still be able to determine your identity, not logging in to Chrome may prevent Google from adding more information to your Google profile.
Google’s Level of InfluenceMost people start their browsing sessions with a search engine (and for most people that’s Google). This means that Google has the power to influence how people access information and which information they consume.
If you were writing a report based on research, but only include information from one source that report wouldn’t be considered reputable.
If the majority of internet users are using Google to find information, are we missing out on some information that Google fails to find?