Here’s How You Can Find Out What Google Knows About You
It’s time for the tech trick of the week where we tell you about nifty tricks to help you up your tech life. Today, we’re gonna talk to you about Google. Yes, that Google. Obviously, for most of us, Google is a fantastic tool to use for all those pressing questions you just need to know the answers to NOW. But you might notice that the search engine is doing more than telling you exactly what new movies are arriving on Netflix in November. It seems to KNOW a lot about you, like where you’ve been, what the last YouTube video was that you watched and it’s showing you ads for that adorable antler necklace you were thinking of getting your sister for Christmas.
Interconnectivity is both an incredible and slightly terrifying thing. While there are definitely benefits — because, yes, you are in fact interested in that article about Saved By the Bell group costumes since you just searched for “Kelly Kapowski Halloween costume ideas” — it can also feel a little creepy. Here’s how to find out all the things that Google knows about you, so that you might be able to customize exactly what the tech company can store about you.
First things first, you need to be signed into your Google+ account (it’s generally also your Gmail account). Under the Google Apps icon, there’s there “My Account” page. Under the “Personal info & privacy” section, click on “Activity Controls”
From there, you can see all the info Google has on you. Starting with “Your searches and browsing activity,” go to “Manage activity.” There, you’ll see your entire browser history. To delete just a selection of searches, you can click on the ones you want and press delete. To delete everything, tap on the Menu icon (it looks like three vertical dots) and select “Delete options.” From the pop-up, select “Advanced” and in the drop down, choose “All time.”
Other tabs you can control are places you go, information from your devices, your voice searches and commands, videos you’ve searched for and watched on YouTube. Yes, it’s a lot of info. There are individual pages for each of these. You can go to “Manage activity” to customize what you want or do not want Google to see. You can also choose to turn off these options entirely by toggling these options off.
On that page, you can also control ad settings and probably most interestingly, your account Dashboard. Your Dashboard contains all information from the total number of contacts you’ve got in your address book to the number of email convos you’ve had.
Pretty stalker-ish there, Google.
Will you be trying out this tech trick? Do you have any tricks you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments below!
(h/t Tech Insider)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)