Data Mining Only Works if the Data is Valid – Or, How to Trash-up Your Browser History…

Ok, Google is in the news again with their new privacy policies, and “experts” are all over the radio and TV telling us how we need to prepare ourselves. It’s all about Google’s new unified privacy policy going into effect shortly that will ensure that all data collected about you, including search queries, sites visited, age, gender, location, etc., will be gathered and associated with your online identity as represented by any Gmail and YouTube accounts you may have.

Most of these IT celebrities on the airwaves are saying silly things like, “make sure you aren’t logged in to any Google apps, and you’ll be fine, or “make sure to delete your web search history.”

Sure….you’ll be just fine eating their high-fructose corn-syrup solutions.

Frankly, I’d rather not have to manage my privacy by such time-consuming haphazard methodologies. It’s just stupid and ultimately controlling of our online experience.

There’s a far better and much easier way to deal with these data mining thugs – simply feed them bogus data – and tons of it. Here’s a simple way to do it:

If you are still using Internet Explorer to browse the web, please stop. Download and install Firefox. It’s far more secure. After you have installed it, you’ll want to add the browser extension called, “TrackMeNot”. TrackMeNot is an app that will protect your privacy not by covering your “tracks”, but by randomly adding false browsing and search data to your history by way of automated web commands. The data it adds is random and totally bogus, and makes a complete garbage dump of your history. Data miners like Google have no way to tell if your browsing history is real or just a giant pile of nonsense.

Just remember, the data collected about you is only useful if the data is valid. If your profiled data is saturated with loads of false leads, it is rendered useless to them.