With all the hoopla recently regarding Google and how it uses my search history, I decided to see if there was a way to turn off my history searches in Google. Sure enough, there is a little known workaround to stop Google from tracking our history. You have to “opt-in” though and I wish they would tell people about the option instead of us having to stumble upon it.
Here are the simple steps to follow:
- Go to google.com
- Go to “Account Settings.” (Mine was found by clicking on my name which gave me a drop-down menu)
- Scroll down to “Services”
- Next to the tab “View, enable, or disable web history,” click on “Go to web history”
- Click on “Pause” at the top of the page
That’s it! There is also an option to remove all your web history.
This isn’t something new but something new to me. And the funny thing is that I don’t “see” most of the personal ads that are supposed to be geared towards me. Perhaps it’s because I’m focused too much on what I’m doing.