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2.3 million times a second, people use Google.com to do web searches. Google collects more data about web users than any other company.

 

But it doesn’t sell your personal information. Instead, Google uses what it knows about you to display advertising that matches your interests as you surf the web.

So, what does Google know about you? Unless you’ve changed the default settings on your computer, tablet or smartphone, Google tracks:

  • All the appointments on your Google calendar

  • Where you’ve driven and the route you took to get there — particularly on Android phones

  • Events you’ve attended and when you arrived

  • Emails you’ve sent, received and deleted using Gmail

  • All the music you listen to using Google Play Music

  • Credit card information you’ve used with Google Pay

  • Your fitness routine if you use Google Fit

  • Every ad served by Google you’ve ever clicked on

  • Your age, hobbies, career, relationship status and income

  • Everything you’ve ever searched for and deleted using Google’s search engine

  • Every webpage you’ve ever visited using the Google Chrome web browser

  • Every article you’ve read on Google News

  • Photos that Google has backed up for you

  • Android apps you own and whenever you use them

  • Every video you’ve watched on YouTube

  • Every location you’ve searched for using Google maps

  • Information about travels using the WAZE app

  • The layout of your house if you buy a Roomba vacuum cleaner

  • Your voice, every time you activate a Google speaker

How can you see what Google knows about you? You can see a listing and you can request a copy by clicking here.

 

Be aware: the file containing your information will be very large — probably many gigabytes, enough to fill millions of Word docs — and will require up to two days for Google to prepare and deliver it to you.

 

How can you manage what personal information Google collects? You can limit some of the information by clicking here.

 

You can also request that Google delete information about you it already has by clicking here, though that will take considerable time.

Remember, if you're not paying to use an online service (and sometimes even when you are paying), they make their money by showing you targeted advertising, selling you their other products or by selling your personal information to other companies.

The home security website securitybaron.com put together a list of tech companies and personal information they collect about users. 

Click on the chart to see what they found.

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What are the most common (and therefore, easiest for fraudsters to guess) passwords in the world?

Here's the top 10 list...plus some dishonorable mentions from the top 100, courtesy of the password management company TeamsID.

 

Avoid using of these or similar easy-to-guess passwords or risk having hackers stealing your account information. 

The Top 10

In the Top 100

1) 123456 
2) password 
3) 123456789 
4) 12345678 
5) 12345 
6) 111111 
7) 1234567 
8) sunshine 
9) qwerty 
10) iloveyou 

tigger

lakers

banana

whatever

test

daniel

cookie

starwars

wookie

ashley

blahblah

welcome

admin

princess

mercedes

letmein

passw0rd

baseball

freedom

donald

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and print information about creating safer passwords. 

What do e-commerce websites you visit say about your politics?

What does the tech support person you're chatting with know about you?

And what's so dangerous about free VPNs?

Take the National Privacy Month Quiz to find out!

In the upcoming edition of Cybersecurity News from the Global Information Security team:
What Facebook knows about you. And it's probably more than you think.

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January 2019 a • Edition #61

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