How to search Google Chrome without history

Turn off Google spying: How to surf the web anonymously

Google collects and stores a lot of data about its users. In this article, we give ten tips to help you use the web more anonymously.

Tip 1: delete Google activity

Data from services that Google stores about you can be deleted all at once on the My Activities page. In the menu on the left, click Delete activities after. On the next page, select the time period, ideally total so far and decide under all productswhich services this applies to. You can also all products choose. Confirm with Clear. Click on the overview page Other activities in the menu on the left. There you will find further courses, for example for searching music on Google Play. Click on the blue button in each case Calling and choose left Clear all.

Tip 2: DuckDuckGo instead of Google search

Everything you enter in the Google search field and which pages from the list of results you click on is remembered by the search engine. You will also be shown advertisements that match your input. If you are logged in with your Google account, you will also see other, personalized results. If you don't want Google to know what you're looking for, use DuckDuckGo instead. The search engine is similar to the top dog, but promises more targeted search results without any advertising. The service does not use tracking codes and cookies - your inquiries are neither saved nor tracked. DuckDuckGo uses SSL encryption and does not save any IP addresses. So you are searching anonymously.

Tip 3: web and app search

You have deleted all possible data on Google, but you also want to prevent the provider from spying on you in the future? You can prevent this for each individual service. To do this, open the activity control page. On the following page you will find a list of several services, with web and app activities at the top.

Google stores your search queries there for various services of the provider, including location, language, IP address, referral URL and whether you are using a browser or an app, as well as advertisements that you click on or articles that you see on an advertiser's website to buy. Slide the slider up Out, Google will no longer remember this in the future. Do not forget the tick in front of the field Including Chrome History and Activeith things from websites, apps, and devices that use Google services.‚Äč

Tip 4: pause your location history

Where were you yesterday morning or three years ago that evening? Did you ride a bike or take the train? Google logs this exactly if you do not turn off the location history. To do this, go to the activity control page and move the slider to Off on the location history. Then, however, you will no longer receive recommendations on places in the area on your smartphone.

Tip 5: disable personalized advertising

Google creates a list of areas of interest for advertisements. This results from what you have searched for in the past and which links you have clicked on. The provider stores this data. You can see how Google rates you in the ad personalization. Via the controller next to Personalized advertising is enabled turn off personalized advertising and data collection.

Tip 6: do not save voice and audio activities

The voice search on the Android smartphone is convenient: Instead of typing something in, say a term and Google spits out the result. Did you know that all your voice input is saved? You can listen to them months or years later, including any slip of the tongue. You can find a list here. Click at the point Voice & audio activities on Manage activities. If you want to prevent the recording in the future, go back one page and move the slider to the voice & audio activities Out.

Tip 7: Do not save YouTube searches

Google doesn't forget what you're looking for and watching on YouTube. You can also find your search and view lists in the frequently used activity control. Find the items in the listing YouTube search history as YouTube watch history. Click on each time Manage activitiesto see what Google has remembered. To stop the storage, slide the switch to Off.

Tip 8: surf without registering

If you are logged into your Google account and surfing, the provider can assign you at any time. You should only log in when you need to, such as reading emails from Gmail. Google will still collect data, but cannot link it that easily. However, you will then have to forego personalized search results.

Tip 9: distribute activities

If you use Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive, the provider can collect a lot of information across different services. Try to distribute your online activities among different providers. If you use alternatives for e-mail, calendar and cloud services, Google will be less able to create a comprehensive picture of you.

Tip 10: use incognito mode

If you use incognito or private mode when surfing in Chrome and other browsers, your browser history, cookies and website data will not be recorded and saved. Otherwise, delete such browser data regularly. You also hide your IP address when you access the Internet via the TOR browser. Existing browsers such as Chrome can also be optimized. The guide linked below shows how.

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