Manage Your Personal Details / Information Online

Online privacy is very hard to manage. You go shopping and the Online Seller holds your Address, Credit Card Number, Expiry Date, Date of Birth etc.

You visit any of your favorite websites and the web-server stores (in most of the cases) information about you like IP Address, Browser information, OS, location details (yes, even GPS) etc.

It’s very difficult to opt-out or stay away from these situations because in some cases this information is legally required by the other party. But what if some person is using your information without your consent or notice? For example sharing your private email address publicly or your phone number? OR your NTN/ID Card details?

Previously, it was a nightmare to find out the source of leakage but now Google gives you the ability to manage exactly that very easily. Before using it I would suggest you do a little ego-surfing, i.e. search for your name or personal information on the internet. Now let’s come to the “Me on the Web Feature” provided by Google.

Go to: www.google.com.pk/accounts & login with your Gmail ID (create a new account if you don’t have one).

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Go to your account Dashboard.

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Go to the “Me on the Web” section. There click on ‘Set up search alerts for your data’.

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In the next section you get a few default options like Your Name & email addresses. Here you can add the details about which you want to be notified.

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According to the above screenshot, I will be alerted when my name and one of the email addresses is used anywhere on the internet (that Google comes across). You can add more alerts by clicking the “Add alert” button. Below is an example:

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Now whenever the name, email addresses, ID Card number & phone number are posted online I will be informed ‘as it happens’ through email specified in the ‘deliver to’ section.

The ‘Me on the Web’ section also educates you about Privacy Issues and how to remove the information that you don’t want to be shared.