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Stop Google from collecting data on you

There’s no escaping ads whether they’re online, in print or on television. And as you probably know by now, internet companies like to collect a lot of data on you to target their ads to what you want or like. You can stop one of those companies in just a few easy steps.

According to Net Market Share, Google is the most popular search engine in the world, with more than 70 percent of desktop and 90 percent of mobile searches emanating from the search engine. That means they’re collecting a lot of data to make sure you’re seeing ads that don’t drive you away. But you can stop the data collection by signing into your google account.

Once you log in, go to your account page where you can control all your settings. In the middle of the page, there’s a link that says: "Ads Settings," click it and then click "Manage Ads Settings."

From here you may see one of two pages. One will have an option for "Ads Personalization" right at the top. The other page requires you to scroll down to "Ads based on your interest." Regardless of which page you see, the next step is the same: toggle the switch to off.

You’ll still see ads, but they won’t be targeted at you, which means your data is more secure.

If you’re a Windows 10 user, you can stop the operating system from doing this same thing! Click here to see how it’s done.

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