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beatlebangs1964 Feb 14, 2014 08:53 PM

Beware of Google
I've heard genuine horror stories about how Google can and does read people's e-mail and access their personal information. If you post on YouTube, you put yourself at risk. I have an aol account. I plan never to post on YouTube again. How do I continue to enjoy my playlists set to private without risking further invasion of privacy? How do I beak with Google?

These are serious questions. For you techies out there, here is a real chance to help many with these same questions.

matt5 Feb 21, 2014 04:00 AM

If you are scared of Google then you should be terrified of Facebook. How do you think they make their money?

Youngfab4fan Feb 21, 2014 07:06 AM

I've heard of that, too.

It's the internet, there's no privacy at all, even when you think there is. Big Brother is watching you.

hibgal Feb 21, 2014 07:11 AM

Big brother? It's the whole miserable family!

The New AimeeAndBeatles Feb 21, 2014 08:55 AM

Seriously, read this before you throw yourself into a panic. And the privacy policy, if you ever bother to read it, tells you exactly what Google can or can't do with your information.

Uncle_Albert Feb 21, 2014 09:11 AM

that's america bomb in shoes etc

beatlebangs1964 Feb 22, 2014 05:06 AM

I read it, so don't judge. Nobody appreciates a snide know it all as know it alls really don't know everything and tact is generally not their forte. I am interested in learning from others.

The New AimeeAndBeatles Feb 22, 2014 10:41 PM

Honestly if you're that worried about privacy you can get Ghostery. Browser addon, it lets you block webbugs and trackers and such.

John's lover girl Feb 23, 2014 04:55 AM

one word TOR (the onion rouder) download it use that to search it changes ur IP its also how people can access what it known as the "dark web" or the "deep net"

beatlebangs1964 Feb 23, 2014 05:21 AM

Thank you, ladies. Internet safety is a major issue in today's world.

The New AimeeAndBeatles Feb 23, 2014 08:57 AM

More security stuff:
At the moment, I use Microsoft Security Essentials + MalwareBytes Anti-Malware + VirusTotal Uploader for individual files.

If you've accidentally installed a dodgy toolbar, the Junkware Removal Tool can often get rid of it. Its a command-line application but not that hard to use.

Use LastPass. Or if you don't want to, remember a bit of advice from xkcd:

Also, a lot of password "hacks" are actually really clever social engineering. That means somehow tricking you or the company to give you their password.

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