Privacy Checkup is a free tool by Google that lets you review and adjust privacy and account related Google Account settings.
Basically, it enables you to verify that the information that is revealed about you on the Internet matches your expectation.
To get started with Google's Privacy Checkup tool, visit this web page on the official Google My Accountwebsite.
Please note that you need to sign in to a Google Account before you can use the tool. It displays a short description of what is has been designed for on start, and a "start now" button to get started with the review
The tool walks you through the following six steps, each with one or more preferences or options.
Choose what Google+ profile information you share with others
This step is about the Google profile and the information it contains that are visible to others. It allows you to take a look at the public profile to review the information that is publicly visible currently, and to edit what others see about you.
For instance, you may disable tabs like photos or reviews on your public profile to hide them, or edit your shared endorsement setting.
Shared Endorsement refers to your activities, e.g. reviews or likes, being used throughout Google products and services.
Google sometimes displays your reviews, recommendations and other relevant activity throughout its products and services. This may include shopping contexts, like the Google Play music store, and ads. Your profile name and profile photo may appear with your activity.
Help people connect with you
You are asked to review the connected phone number -- if there is any -- in this step, and decide whether others may use it to find you across Google services. Additionally, you may enable or disable the option that helps others find you by name, photo or other information that you have made visible on Google.
Manage what you share on YouTube
The third step is only relevant if YouTube is being used. Review how likes and subscriptions are handled on the site (private or public), whether you want your YouTube activity to show up automatically in your channel feed, and review privacy settings for videos and playlists.
Manage your Google Photos settings
You may configure Google Photos to remove geo-location information automatically when they are shared via links.
It needs to be noted that this setting affects only photos shared by link, and not all the photos that you upload to Google Photos or make available using the service.
Personalize your Google experience
The next step allows you to control activity, history and device information, and whether they are recorded by Google or not.
You may enable or disable the following controls in this step:
The last step enables you to manage your ad settings, and here specifically whether interest-based ads are turned on or off.
It takes a couple of minutes to review your Google Privacy settings using the Privacy Checkup tool and it may be very well worth the time.
If you have made modifications in the past, you will notice that they are reflected by the tool already so that you can skip them after verifying that they have not changed.
Privacy Checkup is but one of the several services that Google makes available to its users.
How often do you verify privacy settings of important accounts?
Apple asks you to fill out a form to specifically request your data downloads in the privacy section of its website (Photo: Apple screenshot)
You make the request at https://www.apple.com/privacy/contact and then choose from "Privacy Issues," in the contact form. Write a sentence explaining that you want your personal data and download histories.
Apple says it is moving to one-click requests — which would put it on par with Facebook and Google — in May, but only for European countries at first, to comply with new privacy regulations going into effect May 25th. It says it will have the easier and less confusing privacy requests here later in the year.
Apple makes a big deal about its different approach to privacy on the company website, and it paints quite an effective selling proposition for buying an iPhone vs. a Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel phone.
Overall, Apple keeps less data on me than Facebook or Google.Once you read it, it's more of a shrug.
But what Apple really needs to do now is not wait to take care of its customers in the United States, home to its biggest customer base, with easier tools to get our data back, it needs to do it now. Since there's so little to report back that Apple kept on us, why make it so hard?
Twitter advising all 330 million users to change passwords after bug exposed them in plain text13There’s apparently no evidence of any breach or misuse, but you should change your password anyway
Twitter is urging all of its more than 330 million users to immediately change their passwords after a bug exposed them in plain text. While Twitter’s investigation showed that there was no evidence that any breach or misuse of the unmasked passwords occurred, the company is recommending that users change their Twitter passwords out of an “abundance of caution,” both on the site itself and anywhere else they may have used that password, which includes third-party apps like Twitterrific and TweetDeck.
According to Twitter, the bug occurred due to an issue in the hashing process that masks passwords by replacing them with a random string of characters that get stored on Twitter’s system. But due to an error with the system, apparently passwords were being saved in plain text to an internal log, instead of masking them with the hashing process. Twitter claims to have found the bug on its own and removed the passwords. It’s working to make sure that similar issues don’t come up again.
Twitter hasn’t revealed how many users’ passwords may have potentially been compromised or how long the bug was exposing passwords before it found and fixed the issue. But the fact that the company is urging its entire user base to change their passwords indicates that it would seem to be a significant number of users.
In general, it’s worth taking some time to think about how your passwords are set up. Consider switching over to a password manager and avoid repeating passwords across services. That way, when leaks like these do happen, you can avoid the worst of the damage.
Update May 3rd, 5:00pm: Clarified Twitter’s investigation results.
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