How many times you have observed that your friends, in MSN ask you about an application or some program? Sometimes it is good to help others by filtering the information already sought by us, but what happens when your friends ask each day?
Let me Google that for you (Let Google search for you), is an online application that performs a Google search with an animation to show people that it is not complicated to search on Google.
If you have interested friends and do not know how to search, here is LMGTFY. Once the animation finishes, you will see a small sign indicating “Was it so difficult?”, and then, it will take us to the results page.
“When you use Google services, you trust it for your information.”
That’s how bright they say, in the first line, the terms, and conditions of privacy of the essential search engine in the world.
That may not surprise you. We all know that Google gives accurate information about us.
But exactly how much and what kind of information are we talking about.
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Your name, your address, your age, your email. Your phone model, your cell phone provider, your plan and your telephone and internet consumption.
The words you use most frequently in your emails. All emails you have written or received, including spam — the names of your contacts and their addresses and phone numbers.
The photographs that you take with your Android phone, even if you have deleted them and although you never upload them to any social network. The places you go to, inside and outside the country; the date you went and the route you took.
Undoubtedly, an excellent option to show our contacts that who has the answer to almost everything is not us, but Google.
All the internet sites you’ve visited on Google, how often and what you saw inside each one. In what language do you search? What time do you sail? Who you’ve talked to via Hangouts what videos do you like? What music do you listen?
In my case, this translates into more than 5 gigabytes of data that go back, at least, to the last three years. Where did I get the number? I’ll tell you right away.
“So Google knows a lot about you, right?” Tells BBC World Lee Munson, the security researcher at Comparitech.com.
“And whose fault is it?” “Yours, of course.” People trust too much and share without much thought about themselves when the reward is a free email account, a couple of extra gigs of cloud storage or the possibility of belonging to a virtual world where your friends and acquaintances are “.
Everything is done in a very legal way thanks to that I marked that magic box that said “in agreement” at the end of the terms and conditions.
But let’s leave the “philosophical” discussion about what should and should not know, or about what we should or should not do to avoid understanding or not knowing, for the end.
Let me show you how I got to that 5 GB of data. And how can you find yours?
Since June 2015, Google gathers all the information it collects about its users in a centralized place called “my account” or “my account,” in English.
You have a Google account if you’ve made a Gmail email or even if you’ve ever signed in to an Android phone or tablet if you’ve worked with Google Docs or registered with YouTube.
If you have never done any of that, congratulations, Google will still have your data, but you will not be able to associate it with your name. Here you can check if you are one of them.
According to data quoted by Business Insider in January of this year, it is estimated that there are about 2,200 million active users. So it’s quite likely that your name is on the list.