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    Protect from Google Data mining of personal Info

    Hi,
    So, I've been doing so net-research on the whole Google/Privacy issue.
    And, honestly- I do NOT like what I am hearing.
    #1: That Google places a cookie (unique identifier for you) which sends all searches performed to Google & links with your google ID. With Chrome this goes for even starting to type it in the search bar. EG: A "How to Cheat Insurance" search using Wireshark it displays that ' How / How to / How to Cheat / How to Cheat Insurance ' are each sent as cookie info to Google, and there (probably) associated with your Google ID or with whatever Infocloud they have made from you- whether or not you perform the search.
    Then theres the issues of Google Docs etc mining data. ( Eg, your resume.. ) Even a project to use the microphone to define what tv you are watching to target you further.
    Anyways tangent aside- my question is:

    • In Ubuntu WHERE are the cookies located (and any other deletable internet data / personal information) so I can delete them.

    The Google cookie which relays each aspect of your life has a 2 year lifespan and renews at each use of a google app...
    I am realllllllly easy going- I didn't care about them recording information even when I should have, but now it is so pervasive and data-deep that I am concerned.

    • How do I remove any Google data-mining cookies, etc? In my windows days, things like Hijack this would delete ALL ( sometimes too much ) personal data from the registry down, but in Ubuntu...?

    Thank you very much- I really do appreciate any ideas on this!
    Nbala

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    Re: Protect from Google Data mining of personal Info

    First, I suggest that you be a bit more skeptical in your "research" instead of just accepting the most exaggerated critiques as fact (which your post strongly suggests to me).

    Here are some links you may find useful:
    http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/plugin/
    http://google-anon.com/
    http://www.google.com/privacy.html
    http://arstechnica.com/security/news...ous-enough.ars
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Google
    ~~~
    I liked this old blog post by Aysiu: The Linux community's mixed messages

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    Re: Protect from Google Data mining of personal Info

    Quote Originally Posted by Nbala View Post
    • In Ubuntu WHERE are the cookies located (and any other deletable internet data / personal information) so I can delete them.

    • How do I remove any Google data-mining cookies, etc? In my windows days, things like Hijack this would delete ALL ( sometimes too much ) personal data from the registry down, but in Ubuntu...?
    Depends on your browser...
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    Re: Protect from Google Data mining of personal Info

    If you use Firefox:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=671604

    Security:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=510812

    What you should know:

    Linux is not Windows; I know this has been said before, but you need to try and approach things differently.

    Q. Cookies

    A. Depends on your browser, but they all have an option to delete them (even IE)

    Q. LSO's (you didn't even ask about them!) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_Shared_Object

    A. Firefox addon called Better Privacy
    Last edited by Rubi1200; July 11th, 2010 at 07:04 PM.

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    Re: Protect from Google Data mining of personal Info

    Quote Originally Posted by Nbala
    So, I've been doing so net-research on the whole Google/Privacy issue.
    And, honestly- I do NOT like what I am hearing.
    If you're sufficiently concerned, the answer is to not use their services, period (IMO).

    Don't use Google's search, gmail, DNS servers, docs, picasa, etc., etc., etc. Stay off of all social networking sites.

    As for alternatives:
    • Bing still mostly sucks, but it's getting better. Ixquick is not bad.
    • For free webmail that supports HTTPS, both Lavabit and Hushmail are OK.
    • OpenDNS provides free nameservers.
    • I know of no good, free alternative to docs.
    • There are lots of (variously crappy) free photo hosting services.

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    Re: Protect from Google Data mining of personal Info

    Cookies can be disabled in all browsers. Just disable all cookies and then allow only the sites you need, like email, ubuntuforums, etc.

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    Re: Protect from Google Data mining of personal Info

    Use Scroogle for search. It is Google without any tracking whatsoever.

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    Re: Protect from Google Data mining of personal Info

    -snip- nevermind.
    Last edited by gpumalwareqs132; July 12th, 2010 at 07:09 PM.

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    Re: Protect from Google Data mining of personal Info

    The hosts file is not the place to block ads, that may work for Windows, but can cause all sorts of problems in Linux. Privoxy is a much better solution.

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    Re: Protect from Google Data mining of personal Info

    The best option is - do not use google. It is a two edged sword , google has a fantastic search engine because people share the search results.

    If you use google, take a look at Optimize Goolgle

    Optimize google works well, so long as you do not create a google account and log in (ie no gmail, gcal, etc).
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