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Google search privacy issue

Discussion in 'General Security' started by ouiski, Apr 1, 2016.

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  1. ouiski

    ouiski Thread Starter

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    I recently did a search on my android phone and it showed recent searches my wife did on our home pc. This was unsettling due to concern of privacy across separate devices. I have searched online and it seems to be a common issue. How do I stop?
     
  2. keltic1der

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    When you use Google, Do not be logged in. If you are logged into Google it doesn't make what device you use.
     
  3. ouiski

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    Thanks for the advice ... makes sense. Will give it a try
     
  4. TonyB25

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    Your Android phone requires a Google account.
     
  5. Smartguy01

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    But if you do not allow your phones browser to automatically sign you in to all Google services with the Google account added on your system and connected with the G Play services, it will not sync search history across devices.

    Just don't use the same Google account on your home PC and on your phone. Or at least don't keep yourself signed in to Google services on your PC with the account used on your phone.

    Note: GMail and Youtube are Google services.
     
  6. TonyB25

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    You're signed into the PHONE with your Google account. I don't know of a way to then sign out of every single service and still have the phone work. It may be possible, but it might not work the way you expect.
     
  7. Triple6

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    The sign in for Chrome is separate from the Google account sign in on the phone, you do not need to be signed into Chrome but still signed into the Google account. You actually don't need to be signed into a Google account at all on an Android phone, depending on what is used on the phone it's either not needed at all or only needed for accessing the Google Play Store. It's handy if you use Google programs and service to keep things synced.

    Or on the PC, sign out of Chrome. Or on the PC have two separate profiles for Chrome, one for you, one for your wife.
     
  8. Smartguy01

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    You're not signed into the phone, that's not how Android works. You're asked to connect your Google account with your Android phone for Play store functionality and for syncing data with Google servers (you can even turn that off) so you can have multiple devices synced with each other with a single Google account.

    However you don't have to connect your Google account with your Android phone and you can still use it for whatever you want to, but won't be able to access the Play store. You can even run Android on any device without any Google apps or services, depending on what you want to use the device for (as Rob said).
     
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    And most importantly the sign in for Chrome is a separate sign in from the Google Account that used for any other services, so even if you use your Google account you still have to separately sign into Chrome on the phone.
     
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    Most people would find the Google Play Store necessary to use an Android phone. Unless you only plan to use it as a phone without any apps.
     
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    I was just trying to explain that it is possible to simply sign out of Chrome/whatever browser the original poster is using on his phone or use a different Google account on his home PC to solve his problem.

    You said that you're signed into the phone with your Google account, implying that you can't stop your phone from syncing with another device which uses the same Google account for various Google services and that is simply untrue.
     
  12. TonyB25

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    You're right. As long as you never sign into any Google service on a computer, nothing can be synced.
     
  13. Triple6

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    Once apps are installed you don't need to stay signed in.
     
  14. keltic1der

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    You do not need to log out of your apps. When you launch your browser and you go to www.google.com, look in the upper right, you will see an option that says "Log out". This is the only thing you need to log out..

    Google saves all your previous searches. If you are on your PC and check out your Google settings when you are logged in, there is a way to set Google not to save this information.
     
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