CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you haven't thought it yourself, you likely know someone who has. There's an impression that Google just "knows" things.
One thing the company says it knows for sure is that you are concerned about your privacy. They want to show their customers they are responsive to that.
WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, says Google has created an easy way for you to see the data that's being collected about you. Below she outlines how to use some of the tools Google has built to protect your privacy:
How To Find Google Tools
Go to the My Activity page, think of it as your Google dashboard
You can also choose the menu icon (in geek speak this is called the "hamburger" because of the 3 stacked lines)
From there, select Other Google activity
If you choose to, you can delete your Google activity
From the My Activity page you can click on the three vertical dots next to each individual item, you will find the option to permanently delete it from your Google history
If you choose to, you can limit what Google tracks and collects about you going forward:
Click on the "hamburger" menu icon in the upper left corner. Choose Activity controls to edit your preferences.
Google will allow to customize what they collect for each Google Activity:
Web & app activity
Voice & audio activity
YouTube search & watch history
While you are at it, don't forget to use Google's Privacy Checkup tool to set your personal privacy preferences. Click here to access.