Google records your ENTIRE purchase history.

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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.

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(like that ‘Best of David Hasselhoff ‘ album you thought you had to get)

To see and delete items from your Purchases history

  1. Navigate to your Purchases Page: https://myaccount.google.com/purchases
  2. Click an item to display more Details on that purchase
  3. To delete, click Remove Item

with special thanks to Di, recipient of said album

Cheers!

quincy

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Enable Google Play’s Protect to scan your Android Apps

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 googlesettingsgear, Security.

If enabled, you are able to see the time and status of your last scan.

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To modify your settings, tap Google Play Protect

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Cheers!

quincy

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Delete Unwanted URL From History

URL typoWe’ve all been there. You accidentally transposed two letters of a website and found yourself in sketchy corner of the internet. Now, every time you type your desired site you’re reminded of that unfortunate wrong turn.

Don’t let that one mistake forever haunt your web-browsing: delete unwanted URLs from the suggested sites.

To Delete a URL Address From the Suggested Sites List

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  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press SHIFT + DELETE.

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  1. Begin typing address in the address bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press DELETE

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  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list. An ‘x’ appears at the far right of each URL.
  2. Click the ‘x’ to remove that site.

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  1. Begin typing address in the address or search bar until you see the unwanted URL on the suggested list.
  2. Using your DOWN cursor key, select the the unwanted URL.
  3. Press SHIFT + DELETE.

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  1. From the “History” menu, choose “Show All History” (keyboard shortcut: ⌘ Y)
  2. Use the Search field in the top right corner, to locate the unwanted website.
  3. Select (CLICK) the web site you want to remove ( + CLICK to select multiples).
  4. Press the DELETE.

Cheers!

quincy

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Chrome: Recover Saved Website Passwords

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Your business travels force you to use another PC’s browser, one different from your beloved browser, Google Chromechrome-32. That’s when realize you no longer recall your password for fantasyNFL.com.

Sure  you can click ‘Forget My Password’ but do you really want to be tasked with inventing yet another password?

Here’s how you can uncover your own dirty little password secrets from Chrome.

To Display a Website’s Saved Password Using Chrome

  1. Open your Chrome Browser.
  2. Click Menu menu at upper right and select Settings. The Settings page will open in a new tab.
  3. In the search window (top right) type passwordsThe page will filter to display password options.
  4. Click Manage passwords.
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  5. Click on a site, then click Show.
  6. Enter your Windows password and click OK to reveal that site’s password.

Note: you can access this information also on your mobile at passwords.google.com

Cheers!