Google has caught a lot of flack for various privacy infringements over time. Google Buzz was the latest uproar, when lack of proper prior testing allowed the tool to expose a slew of information users did not necessarily want shared, resulting in massive complaints. A Harvard student even went so far as to file a lawsuit (read more).
There is absolutely no question Google offers many amazing, amazing things - Chilean earthquake victim aid, opportunity to travel the world remotely (from your living room), ability to explore planet Earth and much more.
However, privacy is a pertinent concern of many.
Lifehacker has created a simple guide for ensuring your most basic information is protected. Click through to learn about these top ten "privacy, convenience, and annoyance fixers" all Google users should know about:
- Control what Buzz says about you on the web.
- Back up Google apps' data.
- Turn off Search History, logged in or not.
- Link and integrate your apps.
- Set your default SMS location.
- Disable SafeSearch (or lock it in semi-permanently).
- Turn off Buzz, Chat, and Labs in Gmail.
- Prevent Android from automatically signing into Gchat.
- Fine-tune Google Apps for your domain.
- Turn off auto-displayed pictures from Gmail contacts.