IF you think plain old Google searches aren't exciting - or unpredictable - enough, then you'll be pleased to know that there is an alternative way to use Google's search engine. Mystery Search is the hilarious alternate search engine you never knew you needed. How does Mystery Search work? Although the little-known site uses the same Google search bar as you're used to, mystery searches come with a twist, meaning you rarely get the results you were expecting. That's because the search engine doesn't show the results for what you just typed in. Instead, it shows the results for the previous person's search - meaning you have no idea what you're going to get. Because it uses the last person's input, you could be faced with literally anything when you hit that search button, so be warned that the site is not suitable for children and may not be safe for work. What are the best Mystery Search results? When searching for "the Sun online", the site came up with some completely … [Read more...] about What is Mystery Search, how does it work and what are the best Google results it has yielded?
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GOOGLE snoops on your exact location more than you realise – and even when you have Location History tracking turned off. Fortunately, it's possible to stop Google from spying on your real-world movements if you change the right settings. Here's a simple guide on how to go off-grid. Does Google track your location? Yes. If you use any Google services, it's almost guaranteed that your exact location will have been mapped out. The most obvious way it does this is through a feature called Location History. This is an opt-in feature that lets you see where you've been, visually charted on Google Maps-style interface. You can view your own Google Maps timeline here: To stop this from happening, you just need to turn Location History off. You can do that from the page above. Once it's off, your location will no longer be stored. But that's not the only way Google tracks you.Google Web and App Activity Tracking A recent Associated Press report revealed that Google's location tracking … [Read more...] about Google tracks your movements even if you turn Location History OFF – here’s how to really stop it
GOOGLE may be tracking your location – even if you've explicitly told it not to. The tech giant has been accused of stalking users' real-world movements using their smartphones, completely against their will. Generally, Google is very good about asking for permission to track you. If an app wants to follow your location on Android, you'll need to provide explicit permission before it can find out where you are. This holds true even for official Google apps like Google Maps, which may come pre-installed on your phone – and don't work properly without the permission enabled. But an investigation by the Associated Press suggests that Google may be tracking you even without your permission. Usually when you allow Google Maps to track your location, it'll follow you wherever you go. So if you've entered a restaurant, it'll know you're there – and may offer you the opportunity to write a review, for instance. You can check out your own Google Maps "timeline" here: To stop … [Read more...] about Google SPYING on your real-world movements even if you have Location History turned off
BROWSING the internet using the incognito mode in Google Chrome means the web browser won’t remember your activity – although you are far from being totally hidden from view. How to go incognito in Google Chrome On your computer open Chrome in a new window. A new window will appear, to make sure it is in the incognito mode, look for this on the page: It is possible to switch between Incognito windows and regular Chrome windows. What does Incognito Mode do? Incognito Mode is extremely useful, because it can stop your browser saving information about what you do online to your computer. For instance, any websites you visit while in Incognito Mode won't show up in your browsing history. You also won't store any new cookies (read our cookies explainer here), which are small computer files that let websites know if you've been on their page previously. It also won't save any site data – for instance, if you're logged into a website, you'll be logged out in incognito mode. … [Read more...] about How to go Incognito in Google Chrome in Windows, on a Mac and on an Android phone or iPhone
YOU might think you're keeping your browsing hidden with the Incognito Mode on Google Chrome, but is it really as safe as you thought? We've put together a helpful guide that reveals exactly what Incognito Mode does (and more importantly, doesn't) hide. What is Incognito Mode and how do I activate it? If you use the Google Chrome web browser, you may have heard about Incognito Mode. It's a feature that's built into the browser, no matter if you're using it on PC, Mac or your smartphone. Incognito Mode is designed to (partially) conceal your internet activity, and the websites you visit. To use it, you'll need Google Chrome installed. On PC, simply press CTRL-SHIFT-N on your keyboard to launch it. For Mac users, you'll need to hit CMD-SHIFT-N instead. And iPhone users need to go into the Chrome app settings and choose Open Incognito Tab. What does Incognito Mode do? Incognito Mode is extremely useful, because it can stop your browser saving information about what you do online to your … [Read more...] about What does Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode really hide? Probably not as much as you thought