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How to prevent Google from spying on you? A plugin that not everyone knows about

How to prevent Google from spying on you? A plugin that not everyone knows about

Have you ever wondered why Google offers you what you want? It's like it reads your mind. The Internet is vast, but it is your interests are always at the forefront. This is because your PC, laptop, or other device has a Google spy! The plot develops as if in a movie about spies. But this is reality. 

However, everything is much simpler and not so scary.

How does Google collect information about you?

Today it is challenging to imagine the Internet without Google. And if you have used its service at least once, then you know that certain information has already been accumulated about you.

Most often, to offer you the most relevant advertising or information, Google takes information from your accounts where you fill out registration forms. There it learns your gender, age, as well as possible preferences and interests. 

Also, the information is drawn from mail or the history of browsed sites. By the way, you can see it here.  

Google Directory does not collect information about religion, sexual orientation, race, or health.

Google is often criticized for this. Despite the capabilities and functionality of the settings that limit such arbitrariness of the search engine, information is still collected, bypassing your settings.

Lifeline — Google Analytics Blocker plugin

Several claims that were addressed to Google forced the company in 2010 to develop a tool that blocks the collection of data about your online activities. The browser plugin is called Google Analytics Blocker, which you can download here.

It is available for browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer 11, and Firefox.

The tool works on sites with a supported version of Google Analytics JavaScript (gtag.js, analytics.js). It blocks the ability of JavaScript files (ga.js, gtag.js, dc.js, analytics.js) to send data about user actions on websites. 

But owners of web resources should not worry because the plugin does not prohibit using other means to collect and send web data to the site itself.

The question is, why doesn't Google itself mention the plugin in its data protection recommendations? It's all about the company's profit from advertising, which accounts for as much as 81% of revenue.

And what is the result? The company closed the legal issue and protected itself from future lawsuits, and the browser received a privacy plugin. The collection of information, perhaps not with such force, still happens because not many people know about the Blocking. 

But now you are among the aware. 

The author of the article

Vyacheslav Krotevich

Vyacheslav Krotevich

SEO specialist

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