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How to see (and erase) your Facebook search history or else

How to see (and erase) your Facebook search history or else

Q. Kim, my wife went on my Facebook account and found every person, topic, group and more I ever looked up. Now, I have to explain everything to her. I was just curious, I swear! Where is this information stored and how can I remove it in the future?
                      -Embarrassed in California

A. Prepare to be shamed. Yours certainly makes for an uncomfortable situation. But you found out the truth. Facebook tracks every single thing you type into its search box. And if you know where to look, your list could be huge. After all, it tracks everything since you signed on to the service. I am sure most of us would be like you embarrassed, if someone stumbled upon our search list and then asked us why we typed in what we did.

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I've told you before that Google keeps a record of every search you've ever made. If someone were to get into your account, he or she can see what you've been up to. Click here to stop Google from tracking your searches.

However, it seems few people realize that Facebook does the same thing. Not that it's a big surprise; Facebook's entire business model is built on collecting and selling in one form or the other your personal information.

So if you've ever searched for an ex's profile, it will be in your search history. So will any groups, photos, posts and anything else you've ever tried to find. Maybe it was something you looked for years ago, but it might embarrass you today.

Even if it isn't embarrassing, don't forget that Facebook is using your information to make money. You might not want Facebook using your search history to serve you ads, or even use your search history IN ads.

Fortunately, you can wipe away your Facebook search history with one click. We'll cover that next.

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