Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. Google has been storing every single search you've made—even those naughty ones you'd thought you'd managed to hide—and now you can go back and look at your entire search history.
We're not just taking about the recent searches that pop up on your current machine either. We're talking every search you've made on every device, EVER. If you made a search while logged in with your current Gmail or Google account, it's been recorded.
Yes, "Oh shit" indeed.
Whether your searches were mobile or desktop locked, they've all been stored, and they're just waiting to be discovered. Assuming you know where to look.
HOW TO SEE YOUR ENTIRE GOOGLE SEARCH HISTORY
Curious and worried in equal measure? We don't blame you. So, how can you see every Google search you've ever made? Well, if you shield your eyes, make sure you've got the house to yourself and point your browser in the direction of history.google.com/history, your whole sordid past will be displayed for your perusal.
On top of being able to see every search you've made, as well as the exact date and time they were made, you can go all meta and search your own search history for forgotten gems and fond memories.
Not only can you see everything you've ever searched for on Google, you can break down your internet hunting history by medium, with image searches, Chrome activity and even Maps exploration able to be broken down and picked apart in minute detail.
This isn't just a tool design to embarrass you: as well as letting you unearth forgotten gems (that hilarious spooked cat video), the intimate data breakdown also raises questions like "Why did I search for 'Gordon Ramsey's face' on May 27, 2012?"
Go back far enough, and you can even see the very first thing you Googled with your current account—Chuck actress Yvonne Strahovski back on May 12, 2010, in case you were wondering.
CAN I DOWNLOAD MY ENTIRE SEARCH HISTORY?
Although only you are able to view your entire search history, be warned, if you leave your Gmail account logged in on a communal or family machine, not only can people snoop on your emails, they can browse your searching history too.
If, however, you've got nothing to hide and would like a physical copy of your entire search history (y'know, for some light reading), Google will let you do just that. They've even supplied play-by-play instructions on how to download your past searches. You're welcome.
HOW CAN I STOP GOOGLE RECORDING MY SEARCH HISTORY?
While some will be comfortable with all this, we're guessing most of you would, like us, rather stop Google sticking its nose in on what you once considered to be your private searches.
Fortunately you can stop Google recording your search history, and pretty easily too. Clicking the "details" control under any past search will see a pop-up window appear with all manner of data on that individual search.
Mixed in amongst this is the "Activity Controls" option. Clicking this will let you tweak what Google tracks. Importantly, clicking the topmost slider, marked "Web & App Activity", will see your future searches kept between just you and your conscience.
So there you go: you can now explore the past decade or so of your search history. Good luck. Now wash your hands.
From: Digital Spy.