Does this tool...
Also give you insight to what the tool itself is trying to collect and sent back to Google ?
Google may want to silently worm its way into everything people do online: but it's now offering a tool that allows users of its services to see some of what Google sees about them. The giant advertising company said in a blog post that it will now give users the opportunity to access detailed analysis of, for example, how …
I don't know if they charge for the "extra" service that you are supposed to sign up for but it looks remarkably like the scare tactics used by the credit reference agencies - you can have all this data but you might not be able to understand it, or we can just tell you if you have been compromised (for a small fee), would you like a cup of tea dear?
Does this answer your question ....... http://cryptome.org/isp-spy/google-spy3.pdf ..... or raise more questions?
What has to be realised, as in remembered in metadatamining operations, is that search engines can be groomed to provide analysts a false trail for their reasonable assumptions/subjective conclusions based upon Google/search engine queries which have been carefully selected to give a certain impression, which may or may not be perfectly accurate. And the same caveat applies should browser history be a metadatamining tool available to whoever would be interested in knowing such personal information/intelligence.
"[I]f you notice sign-ins from countries where you haven’t been or devices you’ve never owned, you can change your password immediately and sign up for the extra level of security provided by 2-step verification."
That 2-step verification meaning you give them your phone number?
It doesn't have to be your proper phone number, it could be an old one (I'm guessing)
I assume google does not initiate a phone conversation with you to prove you are who you say you are with the phone number you provide, but just that you have to type it in.
So fudge the last digit. You will remember that it's one digit off hopefully. but no nuisance calls.
Or make it the phone number of your ex.
Given that they send a verification code to the number you provide (which you need to sign in on an un-authorised device), I hardly think putting an incorrect number in will help.
And no, they don't phone you or send marketing messages. As a user of two-step verification for some time now, I can confirm that the sole purpose is to send verification codes via SMS.
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You can also use the 2-step app, which I have, I received a code for initial setup and after that I now use the app passcode generator when it asks me for a code.
They will use my phone number as a last resort for authentication if the app dies, or I forget every password that I'm currently using.
Oh, please. Like they could not figure it out elsewhere.
Especially if you are a gmail user - the most frequent # in a user's outbox is likely her own, neh?
Risk-wise, I am much more worried about some individual jerk taking over my account somehow and holding my gmail hostage than I am about Google's extra insight into my #.
All the areas of the report have a handy question mark icon - that displays exactly what that section of the report is detailing and shy. No you don't have to pay for it. I'm unsure why people think that by viewing the report Google collect more information on you - the report is generated from information Google already has. In my case however it has caused some confusion - it says I have been logged into my account from Ireland - but I have never been to Ireland, I have 2 step auth enabled (you don't need a phone number - just the Authenticator app installed on your phone - but as I'm running Android I expect Google already had my number anyway), but I can find nowhere in the vast Google estate to see what devices are currently logged in to my account (like you can in Gmail)
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I am immediately made uncomfortable with the "opt in for this" - does that just mean I am opting-in for the mails, or does that mean opting-in for them to begin accumulating a bunch of information they aren't already accumulating?
If the opt-in is just for the email, how about giving me the ability to get a one-off report? Just let me go to a web page, sign in (so they know I'm me) and give me the report on me.
If that won't work, then it sounds to me like the reason is "we need permission to track a bunch more about you to generate the report".
I signed up for the report and it arrived a couple of minutes later. It is clear to me that all the activity in the last month is mine, which is reassuring. The report itself is well-formatted and easy to read.
In case you are wondering: I am NOT in any way associated with Google or any other similar organisation, I just like the report, that's all.
I signed up for the service and found the aggregated information concerning my use of my Google account - mainly Gmail - between 29 February and 27 March this year of great interest. I hope that information regarding my use of other Google products will soon be made available to me ; Google, after all, already possesses it. An excellent initiative on the part of Google !...
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