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Author's note (July 2016): The answer below was written in 2011, and is still working in Google Search. I have published new extensions that use a different method to remove the search result indirection, which works on even more Google sites and on mobile. TL;DR: Don't track me Google is a user script Don't track me Google is an extension I made that ...


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See if the userscript found here for Google search works for you. I have been using it for a while now, and it's been working more often than not for me. Edit: Here is an addon for Firefox: Google search link fix


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Appears the rwt function is invoked upon onmousedown, and thereby rewriting the href. If we could override this behaviour, then we should be set. In firefox I inserted the following JavaScript into a bookmarklet which can then be executed anytime I wish to prevent the (slighly annoying) link-rewriting on a given Google SERP: javascript:function rwt(a,f,g,l,...


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No! Don't give your portrait to Gravatar. Regardless of whether you trust Gravatar Corp, site owners can carelessly betray the identity of users posting under pseudonyms. A cautionary tale: Hashim in Saudi Arabia secretly reads an American blog about homosexuality. One time, the blog discusses the Middle East, so Hashim comments describing his own ...


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Click on the triangle in the upper right corner of the blue bar at the top of the window, then Settings, then Privacy in the left sidebar, and then Limit Past Posts on the right to expand that section. Then click the Limit Old Posts button to limit your past posts to (at most) your friends. You can also change the privacy setting on each post individually ...


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The only thing you need to do is block the URL: facebook.com/ajax/mercury/change_read_status.php For Chrome, use the extension "FB unseen" which blocks the URL (full disclosure: I wrote this extension). If you want you can use any adblocker to achieve this. But with "FB unseen" you can "Mark as read" whatever you want, so you can decide for yourself when ...


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Here is a link to the privacy policy. Now to answer your questions: How much of the information in my messages does Google save? For example, do they scan the entire text of every email I write (to tailor targeted ads)? As of late 2017, Google no longer scans your email to target ads. While there are still ads in Gmail, Google uses other information ...


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Taking a step back from any particular email provider: unless you're using an encrypted solution, you should assume that ANY email message you send can be read by ANY computer that it passes through on the journey between your computer and the recipient's computer. If you are concerned about privacy, then Google is the least of your worries.


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There is an option for this, but unfortunately you cannot set it; it must be set by your friends who do not want to see your comments and likes. If you comment on or like a post that they can view, then your comment or like may appear in their News Feed unless they turn those off. To do that they can hover their pointer over your name or go to your profile/...


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Yep. Under "Live Streaming" -> "Stream Now" (or "Events"), set it as private to start like so: Then under "Live Streaming" -> "Events" click "Share" then enter the email addresses of those whom you want to invite (separated by commas).


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It would depend on what kind of legal promise you needed. Specific employees from Fog Creek have the ability to look at your data (sys admins, trello devs), although, as a company policy, these employees have all been instructed to get your permission first if they needed to do so. General Fog Creek employees cannot access your data. The data is not ...


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I use the Firefox Redirect Remover add-on. After this is installed, right click on a redirected URL in the browser gives an option to copy cleaned URL.


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The privacy of your like is dependent on the privacy of your friend's post. if they only share the post with you, then you liking it will only appear in your friend's activity feed/newsfeed. If they share it with a group of friends it will appear only in that group of friends' activity feed/newsfeed. If they share it publicly. It will end up in all your ...


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Came across a very promising looking Chrome extension for sending and receiving GPG encrypted emails: mailvelope. It supports a variety of webmail providers.


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For short URLs, you can just copy the green text under the title as that's the same URL just without protocol lead. For long URLs (those that have ellipsis in the green text), you either need a script or use a semi-complex workaround. A script is necessary because Google modifies links with its own script on mouse click. If you hover over a results link, ...


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Very similar to the link you provided: Under your name (top right) select Settings Under Privacy Controls select Select what others see when you've viewed their profile Select You will be totally anonymous


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Using Safari, it is easy to make your own extension to handle this. I used Develop > Show Extension Builder and added "www.google.com" as an Allowed Domain and then the following script as an End Script in the Injected Extension Content section: if (window.top === window) { var els = document.getElementsByClassName("l"); for (var i in els) { ...


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Extensions for Chrome and Firefox: Chrome extension: Undirect https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/undirect/dohbiijnjeiejifbgfdhfknogknkglio → https://github.com/xwipeoutx/undirect BEFORE: AFTER: Firefox extension: Google/Yandex search link fix https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/google-search-link-fix BEFORE: AFTER:


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Solutions without any browser extension or JavaScript If you want to keep Google's redirection and only selectively copy & paste some URLs here are other possibilities which do not require any change in the browser. Unfortunately while the solutions work in Firefox they do not seem to work in Chrome and Internet Explorer any more. Solution with ...


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In uBlock Origin, AdBlock Plus, or a similar extension that can use ABP filters, simply add the ff. as a custom filter, which will disable the other party from receiving the seen by notification: facebook.com/ajax/mercury/change_read_status.php$xmlhttprequest If you'd rather not use any of the above browser extensions, you could also just archive the ...


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The best Google Chrome extension for this is: "Mymail-Crypt For Gmail" The Decrypt and Encrypt buttons are well located and easy to use: such as the managing interface, plus doesn't require you to have gpg installed in your computer.


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I am also often annoyed by this. So my simple solution is to use the mobile version of Google's site: http://www.google.com/pda or http://www.google.com/m (This link does not work in IE.) These sites will give you the URLs that go directly to the target sites, no more redirection. Please note that the search results from these sites will be a ...


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It is best to paper mail Facebook, rather than using 'report' links. It have tried this before and action was taken within 7 days of mailing a letter to them. Their maling address is... Facebook 156 University Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301-1605


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It all depends on your privacy settings. The default for actions is often that "friends of friends" can see actions. You can control the visibility of a post when you post it. Make sure the default action for that is "Friends" only. This can be done on the Privacy Settings and Tools page via the "Who can see my stuff?" option: Then go to the Timeline and ...


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The original accepted answer is out of date. The current steps are: Navigate to https://www.youtube.com/ Click your account icon at the top right, and select "Creator Studio" from the menu. In the videos panel click the "Edit" button next to the video you with to share. On the "Basic Info" tab, ensure, the privacy is set to "Private". Otherwise, the option ...


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BEFORE you post the status - that detail was left off the last answer. I think that will do the trick. If not, I'll correct this post. Click on the little "x" next to the city name to remove the location tag and it won't be added next time you update till you specially add the location yourself. After logout/login, the setting persists


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Just paste this in your URL bar and press enter: javascript:alert(unescape(prompt("URL","").match("url=([^&]*)")[1]))


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If you have Timeline (which will become default in the near future): For Relationship Status: Login to Facebook Go to your profile (Timeline) Click on About underneath your picture Scroll down to Relationships and Family Click Edit In the popup, click on the privacy icon on the right, next to Relationship status Choose Only Me (or appropriate) Click ...


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Short answer: no, your Google Apps admin can NOT see your web search or YouTube history. I'm a Super-Admin (highest level) for my company under Apps for Business, and I can't find any YouTube or web history activity via my Admin console. What I can do is see a log of email going in and out, and enable or disable Chrome history syncing for my users (but ...


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