So, Google just gave me another reason, why I should hate them! With its web history … Yet another step to intrude my privacy.
You might say, why do you want to use google accounts? Use something else!
So, thats another reason. First they hook me on to them what with that brilliant seach engine. Then comes gmail, higher storage, cool chat, labels and yada. So, they have access to the whole of my personal life. Phew! I say, no one is reading this mail. But then their bot crawls over it and neatly places “relevant” ads besides it. Do they have an option for me to disable them? NO. But they every other inane options to change the colors of my labels, and personalized themes and the like.
No Thank you! Im not using more of their products. Yet they have reader. So thats fine? Now they know what all I read, and when I read and how much I read. So thats not eough for them to find out or give me “better” search results.
They bring out this web history thing. What with a whole packaging of personalized results for that. No it was not enough for them to keep a copy of all the words I searched for. But now they want to know which site I clicked after I searched for that elusive keyword. Oh! so, How many people know about it? Not many. Its just one of those little prices you pay for using their services. Oh you can set up what or how you want your web history to be stored. No thankyou, Im not even going near it.
So Im going to see if I can switch this whole brower history off? Nooo! Google wants me to go and delete every item if I dont want to use it. After all the heavy searches I do, this is the least I can help them out, nein?
Oh and they also have this whole list of stuff for Privacy and security for google accounts:
Someone changed you password? Keeping you account secure? Detecting suspicious activity in your account? Removing malware from my computer? Dont you think its just what google could do with all the information it has access to?
Third party access to your account information? Sharing your data with other sites? Isnt google already using it for more monopoly?
I suppose im being cynical about it. But all the over dependence is killing me.
Do tell me if youve figured out if there is a way to turn the damn thing off!
First they fool around with my GMail settings. Then they deny me (and so far it seems like only me… and Ego) GMail Themes.
Is it because I use all your products so much that you are scared of monopolizing my life?
Is it because you are concerned about the way I use my time?
Or do you want to spur me on to compete with you and then you’ll acquire whatever I create and leave me rich?
Or…. what? I just want to know.
Update: Themes work for me now Though the drama queen bit was fun while it lasted.
Well, thanks to my GMail chat settings changing at random, I have a sizeable number of blocked contacts. And all of a sudden today, ALL my blocked contacts came unblocked.
It didn’t seem like a random mistake I might have made…. I don’t even touch those settings.
My account has not been hacked. My account saw activity only from the computer I was logged on.
Why does this happen?
Rather, why does this happen only to me?
Or does it…. Has anyone else undergone the same thing? Did it recur?
Folks who designed/implemented GMail, any answers? What can I do to solve this?
And a humble request to folks reading this… pass this post along, share this post… please do something such that it comes to the notice of someone who can help.
For the past six months, I’ve been having a strange problem.
So I use GMail for all my emailing. Like a lot of other folks. I interact with a lot of people I don’t add on to my chat list. Like a lot of other folks.
But GMail seems to be singling me out to change my chat settings – Arbitrarily, my settings change from ‘Only allow people that I’ve explicitly approved to chat with me and see when I’m online.’ to ‘Automatically allow people I communicate with often to chat with me and see when I’m online.’.
I switch back to ‘only allow….’, only to see arbitPersonI’veExchangedMailsWith added on to my chat list.
And I switch back….. the cycle continues.
While it does inconvenience and embarrass me quite a bit, that goes on the backburner compared to my tearing my hair out on just WHY this happens to me.
I seem darned helpless here. I’ve raised this issue on the gmail mailing list, but to no avail. No one else I know seems to be facing this problem.
Do you face this problem? Does anyone you know face this problem? Are you working on GMail or closely monitoring it that you know why this happens, or how to deal with this?
Please please please let me know.
And do pass this link around far and wide such that it ends up catching the attention of someone who can help me with this.