Monday, February 27, 2012

Disable Browsing History in Google Apps

If you haven't heard already, Google is about to start keeping track of every single web search you perform and associate it to your name. (It already does this, but the results are anonymised months later; with these changes, your name and searching habits will be etched in stone.) Please take the time to protect your online privacy before March 1st.

This article describes the process to disable this Google 'feature', whether you use Google Apps for your custom domain, and also if you have just a single user Google Account.

Deleting your browsing history before March 1 when Google's new privacy policy comes into effect will limit Google's ability to track and record your every move online. The process for a single user account is simple. Follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the google homepage and sign into your account.
  2. Click the dropdown menu next to your name in the upper-right hand corner of your screen.
  3. Click accounts settings
  4. Find the "Services section"
  5. Under "Services" there is a sub-section that reads "View, enable, disable web history." Click the link next to it that reads: "Go to Web History."
  6. Click on "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 while Google will continue gathering and storing information about your web history it will make all data anonymous, that is, Google will not associate your Web History information with your online accounts and will therefore be unable to send you customized search results.
If you have a Google Apps account, follow these steps:

1. Visit the following URL: https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/<your_domain>
2. Click on 'Organisation & Users' and then the 'Services' tab:
3. Find the Web History service and turn it off:

By following these steps Google will not be able to associate your name with web history. If you are concerned about the privacy, please share this article.
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