Sure, being able to look back along your timeline to recall something (like the name of that Sardinian cafe by the water) has its conveniences. But who among us isn’t concerned about the long-term use of our private data?
Well, following a recent update, Google Maps users can have their timelines automatically expire.
Setting Your Timeline History to Auto-delete
Streetview, a long-time staple of Google Maps desktop, now makes its way onto the mobile platform. Currently available on Android (following an update), it is also soon to appear on iOS devices.
With a recent change to Alexa, you can now opt-out of having your voice recordings reviewed by Amazon’s employees.
Why the change? Is it the reports of Google and Apple employees listening in on personal exchanges recorded by the voice-activated assistants? Or perhaps it’s a response to European courts rulings limiting what companies (like Amazon) can do with the data collected by said voice-activated assistants.
To Opt-Out of Human Review
- Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet.
- Select Settings, Alexa Privacy, then Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa.
- Locate the setting “With this setting on, your voice recordings may be used … manually reviewed.” and tap OFF.
Your Amazon orders, Square purchases, and Seamless lunches. Pretty much everything you buy online as well as in-store purchases where you opt to have your receipt emailed; all of this is collated in your Purchases history; saved and mined by Google.
The company says this is done to help you track your purchases, and not to help them to produce those targetted ads you receive. Still, the level of detail being culled will surprise you.
This unheralded (read: sneaky) feature can’t be turned off and there is no method to erase your entire purchase history. You can, however, selectively delete items from it.
(like that ‘Best of David Hasselhoff ‘ album you thought you had to get)
To see and delete items from your Purchases history
- Navigate to your Purchases Page: https://myaccount.google.com/purchases
- Click an item to display more Details on that purchase
- To delete, click Remove Item
with special thanks to Di, recipient of said album
Recently, a hole in Whatsapp’s security allowed hackers to install malware on unprotected phones. To see if your Android apps are secure, enable Protect on Google Play.
To Review or Enable Play Protect:
On your Android, access Settings , Security.
If enabled, you are able to see the time and status of your last scan.
To modify your settings, tap Google Play Protect
For today’s U.S. movie debut, Google drops an Avengers Endgame easter egg.
To snap half your search results out of existence
- In Chrome, enter ‘thanos’ in your search window
- Click the Gauntlet
5/1 Addendum: To reverse time (and restore your searches) click the Gauntlet again.
Earlier this year, Google made a few small but value-added updates to Gmail. Now, in addition to Strikethrough, and Undo/Redo Gmail is rolling out Scheduled send.