GoogleI’ve mentioned quite a few times about U.S. National Security Agency, showing you that NSA has access to data on all popular smartphones and their impact on the IPSEC and international standards. Because one of my latest article “5 Tips To Keep Your Android Data Private” was received very well, I decided to publish this article that will show you how to secure your personal data for Gmail, YouTube, Google+ and other Google Services. This article is written by Catalin Gruia of

1. Gmail, use only on a secure server.

If you want to secure your inbox and contacts, you have to option to connect to Gmail only on a secure server, no matter what device (smartphone, tablet, computer) or connection (public, unsecured Wi-Fi) are you using. To enable this option, you have to go click on the Gear Icon -> Settings -> General Tab -> Browser connection -> Choose the option “Always use https”
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2. Google Web History, delete search details and history.

If you search for something while you are logged in your Google account, all search details are stored in your history. They are used to improve future search (more relevant search results), but there is also a disadvantage of this feature because anyone with access to your computer can view everything you do/search online. To prevent this and keep your personal data private, you can delete your entire history by going to -> Click on Settings (bottom of the page) -> Web History -> Click on Gear Icon -> Settings -> Delete All History -> Yes

3. YouTube, make certain videos private.

By default, when you upload a video on YouTube, it’s set s a “Public” video, which means that anyone can view it. If you don’t want your video to be public (or become viral) you can change the privacy settings. There are two ways to do this:

  • if the video was already uploaded, go to Video Manager -> Edit -> Privacy Settings -> Private -> Save
  • when you want to upload the video choose “Private” in the Privacy section. For this selection, you have the options to select anyone from your circles, contacts or email addresses.

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4. Google+, manage notifications, comments and photo locations.

Google+, manage notificationsIn the Google+ Security Settings you can choose options like:

  • edit circles, including persons who your posts are shared with
  • change settings for notifications, posts comments and Hangout
  • manage subscriptions
  • choose notifications for email or phone
  • edit permissions for photo tag and location information for your photos

5. Google Calendar, keep event and personal data private.

If you use Google Calendar either for you business appointments or personal to-dos, it is always better to share your personal data only with certain people. To manage the persons with who are you sharing your calendar, you need to open Google Calendar -> Click on Gear Icon -> Settings -> Switch to Calendars Tab -> Share this calendar with -> Add/Remove Contacts. If you choose to share your calendar with someone else, you will also have the option to either let that person view your events (default option) or let edit your events.
Google Calendar

6. Google Drive, keep your documents secured.

By default, every document that is uploaded and stored in Google Drive is private and only visible to you. Google also offers you the option to share certain document with your friends, family and co-workers, which means they have acces to your personal data. To manage with who are your documents shared with, you have to go to Google Drive -> Select document using tick boxes -> Click on the arrow -> Details Panel -> Pencil Icon -> Manage Acces
Google Drive

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