i was horrified when i looked at my google history. and timeline.it showed every where i had been. (to the shops.down the road.to England,.so i spent time deleting it all and turned everything off, apart from my gmail.If you have a Google account, and are logged on to Google mail (gmail), then you can switch off certain features that track you.
I am pretty sure you can only do the instructions below if you have a Google account (gmail) or a gmail account on your Android phone or tablet. If you have a Microsoft account see the bottom of his update.
If you are logged on to Gmail do as follows (probably easier to do this on a PC rather than a smartphone).
Go in to Gmail and select the 9 "dots" in the top right. This displays a window of Google Apps.
Select the Account icon.
Select one of the options "Manage your data and personalization"
Here you can turn off Activity controls such as "Web and app activity", "Location history" and "YouTube History"
These basically track EVERYTHING you do on the web.
Underneath you can also turn off "Ad personalization" (these make ads more "general" rather than based on your searches etc)
There is also a option called "Go to Ad settings" where you can make selections.
Back on the main Account window there is also a section "Activity and timeline" and within that a section "My Activity".
Here Google keeps EVERY search you have ever made, plus all you have done on your Android phone if you have one.
Select "My Activity" then select "Delete activity by" then select "All Time" then "Delete now".
This will delete ALL your Google search history.
You can also select "Timeline" and delete that as it tracks where you have been (probably using GPS on your phone or tablet or laptop).
There are many other options in this "Account" area so while you are in there it may be worth turning everything off to stop Google tracking you.
Note that with Windows 10 Microsoft are playing catch up to Google so they have started tracking everything we do.
So if you have a Microsoft email address to logon to Windows 10 (outlook.com for example) then go to this web site (link below) and logon with your Microsoft email address and see if you can change or turn off options there similar to the Google options above.
Sign In with your Microsoft account. One account. One place to manage it all. Welcome to your account dashboard.account.microsoft.com
It is rather frightening how much Google and Microsoft (and Amazon and others) track what we do so turning of many of these options stops them tracking us.
Google are not really interested in the 'road' we are searching for they are looking to earn a crust from up-to-date items concerning the road'.To save starting a new thread I decided to post in this extant one.
Often a poster asks for information regarding a street or address on BHF.
What I find infuriating is the virtual list of house sales and what it is like to live there that litters any search.
Any guru have any idea of avoiding the menace?.
I have an ad blocker part of Opera Browser and Brave Browser also restricts ads. plus Ghostery but they do not deal with search engines as far as I know.
thanks for thatGoogle are not really interested in the 'road' we are searching for they are looking to earn a crust from up-to-date items concerning the road'.
A search for Kingstanding road will show all the property sales, prices
the following will strip out the items shown in quotes and minus signs
kingstanding road -"Prices" -"properties" -"property"
but then you get the Halifax bank and VMB superstore etc etc ...
I use Google Search everyday but know it's quirks and use my knowledge to avoid them and get to what I want.
They have some useful things
The forum search for the word gas returns 'Oops the word is too short'
But Google can search the BHF for gas with the following ...
the space after "gas" is needed.