delete your google browsing history while you still can.

The Daily Mail and Digital Journal offer step-by-step instructions (and the rationale) for deleting your history before March 1st. For those of you who haven’t seen it floating around Facebook (ht: Jenn, among others), here’s how you do it:

1. Go to the Google homepage and sign into your account.
2. Click the dropdown menu next to your name in the upper-right hand corner of your screen.
3. Click accounts settings.
4. Find the “Services section.”
5. Under “Services” there is a sub-section that reads “View, enable, disable web history.” Click the link next to it that reads: “Go to Web History.”
6. Click on “Remove all Web History.”
7. When you click on “Remove all Web History,” your web history will be paused.” Click “OK”. While it is paused, although Google will continue gathering and storing information about your web history, it will make all data anonymous.

6 thoughts on “delete your google browsing history while you still can.”

  1. Holy crap. Seriously, folks, if you are a longtime GMail user and have never looked at your Google Web History before, I would urge you to do so. I can’t decide if I want to delete mine or not. But it is freaky.

    Also, I have 49985 web searches across my two GMail accounts, so presumably will pass 50K today. I would be interested in anyone else’s numbers here, to determine whether I am a complete search freak.


    1. I deleted mine before I saw the count.

      What will you do with yours if you keep it? I’d love to see mine in a wordle. It would be pretty embarrassing (although not the least bit surprising) if “jessica collett” ended up as the most common search term.


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