What Does Google Know About You?

(There is a more up to date version of this post at this link.)


We know you value your privacy.

The truth is, however, that companies collect our private data every minute of every day just by us using their “Free” services. The information they collect is used to create a complete personal profile of us that can be used for anything (and sold to anyone). They know where we go, videos we watch, articles we read, what we purchase, which games we play, our interests, hobbies, etc.

See What Google Knows

What Does Google Track?

Make sure you are logged in to your Google account and try the following links.

  1. What we’ve been doing online: https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity
  2. Our purchases: https://myaccount.google.com/purchases
  3. Where we’ve been: https://www.google.com/maps/timeline
  4. Our personal interests: https://adssettings.google.com
  5. Hotel reservations: https://myaccount.google.com/reservations

What can you do about it?

Step 1. Use a paid email service such as ILJ Mail. It’s a small price to pay for your privacy.

Step 2. Use a browser focused on better privacy like Firefox or Brave.

Step 3. Use a private search engine like Duck Duck Go.

Step 4. Research Research Research… before using anything “free” on the internet.

At ILJ Mail, your privacy comes first. We will never show you ads, and most importantly, we will never scan your email or harvest your personal information for marketing purposes.