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PSA: Google MyActivity

See the information Google is collecting about you and how it can potentially compromise both your privacy and security.

We’ve all received spam emails about how our computer or email was hacked and there’s compromising information about us. To prevent the release, we need to send bitcoins.

Fortunately, 99% of these are fake. However, there’s the odd time when an account is truly compromised. Your personal and private information, such as photos, videos, audio, and even location history, which you can viewed on Google Maps, are all being collected and stored by Google.

How is this possible?

If you’re plugged into the Google ecosystem, you should be aware that Google is capturing and storing significant amounts of data about your day to day life. This done through your Android phone or tablet, Google Home, Chromecast, or any other Google-powered hardware.

The danger here is that all it takes is for someone to access your Gmail and they would have complete access to all this additional information.

Take a look:

https://myactivity.google.com/

Once you login, you’ll be able to review, delete and even pause Google’s data collection. Please go ahead and clear the data for your own privacy and security. This is also something you should review periodically.