If you use different Google services like Gmail, YouTube or Picasa, Google dashboard will help you to identify personal data stored by Google. It’s a service or one place started by Google that shows a summary of the data or information stored with a Google services. Earlier there was no place to identify data stored by different services on the Internet. That’s where Google dashboard came into existence. It is a really nice service which helps you to identify and manage your personal data.
You can visit the dashboard using https://www.google.com/dashboard/. Once you visit this URL, Google will provide you the list of different services like Account information, Google+ profile information, Buzz, Orkut, YouTube account information etc. You will find few links in front of these Google services which helps you to edit the information associated with them. You can also manage sharing of information associated with services right from the link.
You can also open your dashboard from Account Settings. Go to your Account Settings from the Google profile menu, click on View data stored with this account link located right in front of dashboard menu. Here is how Google dashboard lists the services and data stored with them,
The dashboard lists some of the information associated with the Google services you use such as your name, your email address, the number of contacts, the number of conversations in your Gmail inbox, your Google profile, the most recent entries from the web history etc.
Google dashboard certainly answer the question “What information does Google have about me?”
1) Provide limited personal informationabout you on your profile about your past, interest or location. That information can be used to track you down by unknown.
2) Never share your phone number or cell number on any status update or on any comments. Friend’s sometimes ask on your wall post to share your number and without thinking too much people share the number. This may be publicly available to unknowns.
3) Never share your email address on any status updated or on any comments like the cell phone. You might start receiving fake emails from strangers.
4) Never share your Date of Birth on your profile. Atleast, try to hide a year you born. Sometimes people set their account password as date of birth or combination with date of birth. If this information gets into hackers hand, they might brute force or guess your password easily and can hack your account.
5) Never share your personal photos publicly on Facebook. You can set 1 or 2 photos for your profile but sharing so many photos on your profiles leads to photo leakage. Some strangers can take advantages of these photos to trouble you. Share with your known friend’s atleast. Atleast tell your children’s not to share their photos on their profile.
6) Never share any status update publicly on Facebook. Facebook has privacy settings where you can only update your status with friends or limited audience. If you share your updates publicly that may be a privacy issue for you.
7) Never accept unknown friend request from strangers on Facebook. Sometimes, people create fake accounts so that they can send you a friend request. They can’t see your information due to privacy settings setup by you to only allow friends to see your full profile. Try to ask or do some home work before you accept any unknown friend request.
8) Never allow application which requests you to share personal information like email address. Facebook has number of applications which require your permission to access your personal information. Basic information is enough for good applications but if application requests sharing your email address or posting on your wall on your behalf, do not allow them. Think if that information can be shared with third party or may be that application can be used for other purpose of if the application gets hacked. You leak your information.
9) Never click on any link from the status messages of your friends which offer freebies. A lot of fake scams are spreading on the Facebook by the attackers. If you click on any suspicious link, you might infect yourself and your friends with same status message. For example, status message may tell you, Facebook is giving free t-shirts and if you want to grab that free t-shirt, click on the link. You won’t get anything for free on Facebook rather scammer earns money asking you to take paid surveys.
10) Never install application which convinces you to reveal hidden Facebook information. Scammers creates fake Facebook applications which when installed, post the similar status messages on your wall post in order to spread it. The application post status messages like “check if a friend has deleted you” or “Check who have viewed your profile information”. The application then asks you to complete few surveys before it can reveal the hidden information. The scammers earn money and you lose your time and you infect others.
The above are small list of DONTs people can follow in order to secure their privacy on social networking sites such as Facebook. If you like this information become our Facebook fan and spread this with your dear ones.
Millions of users use Google’s Gmail as their favorite email. If you want to secure your Gmail account, you can complete Gmail security checklist to make sure your mail security measures are up to date. This is an important checklist to maintain your account security. You can find this security checklist here. Most of the time your account gets stolen due to viruses or Trojan which may take advantages of vulnerable applications or operating systems.
Gmail has provided 20 security items under 5 different sections. Here are the more details,
1) Your Computer:
Check for viruses and malware.
Make sure your operating system is up to date.
Make sure to perform regular software updates.
2) Your Browser:
Make sure your browser is up to date.
Check your browser for plug-ins, extensions, and third-party programs/tools that require access to your Google Account credentials.
3) Your Google account:
Change your password.
Update your account recovery options.
Turn on 2-step verification.
Check the list of websites that are authorized to access your Google Account data.
4) Your Gmail settings:
Use a secure connection to sign in.
Check for any strange recent activity on your account.
Confirm the accuracy of your mail settings to ensure that your mail stays and goes where you want it to.
Check your contacts for errors.
5) Some Reminders:
Gmail has provided few reminders related to your passwords with some DOs and DON’Ts.
Gmail has provided all the help information related to each item on their checklist page. This is really a good exercise to not only keep your Gmail account secure but also to secure your computer against security threats.
Facebook allows you to install different applications in your profile. These applications have access to your personal information like photo, username, friend list etc. Certain application accesses even more information like email address or birthday. You may use these applications for short period and then you never use them again. These applications may send regular emails to your email account which can flood your inbox unnecessarily. To remove unnecessary or unusable application,
1) Go to Account Settings from the account menu located at the top-right corner of your Facebook profile.
2) Click on Applications tab from the left menu. Or you can directly go to Application settings using this link.
3) Facebook will display all the authorized applications with last access time.
4) Click on cross button besides application name which you want to remove. A message box will appear asking for confirmation.
5) Click on Remove button from the message box.
6) If you remove any application, it will no longer have access to your data and be removed from your profile, bookmarks, and Apps Page.
Do not click on any suspicious links provided in the email. If you are unsure about on email, delete it from the Inbox.
Do not respond to emails asking for your personal information. Do not give any confidential information like credit card number, passwords, birthday or bank details to any emails. Remember, the sites of financial institutions, banks, social networking sites etc never send email asking users to update or change information.
Please check the website address carefully before entering any personal information if the email sends any link.
Manually type the exact address of the site in the address bar of your browser instead of clicking on links.
Do not open email attachments if the email looks suspicious. If you download the attachment file by mistake, scan the file using Antivirus or upload to VirusTotal website.
Look at the subject line of email for strings like “Congratulations”, “Lottery Notifications”, “Award Notification” or “Urgent Response needed please” and deletes such emails immediately.
Do not call and leave any personal or account details on any telephone system, voice message, e-mail or SMS.
Do not transfer funds to or share your account details with unknown emails luring you with commission, attractive offers.
Educate yourself, friends and your family about such scams
Do not forward such emails to your friends. Someone may become victim to such emails.
Remember, nobody is here to give you free cash. Nothing is free in this world. Spread to the world and save your family, friends from such email scams.