Turning off search history is one of the top Google settings you may already know about anyway if you didn’t want Google recording any sensitive searches (health, location, interests, religion, etc.), but with Google becoming more like AOL these days, now’s as good a time as any to check if you’ve got your web history paused or not.
If you’re not logged into Google already, log in. Then, go to https://google.com/history. Click “remove all Web History” and “OK”. Doing so will pause the recording of your searches going forward until you enable it again.
I’m about to do this – it’ll be interesting to see how my instant searches and location based stuff is affected. I consider myself very particular about monitoring my privacy controls, but honestly I’m one of the people who really trusts Google, and in my trust I’ve neglected to pay attention to the kidns of data they save from web searches and how it’s integrated. The pervasiveness of Google in my life definitely has me questioning exactly what they’re tracking, and if/how it makes my online life easier.