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Old 03-31-2013, 09:37 AM   #16
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:48 AM   #17
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:57 PM   #18
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:36 PM   #19
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You'll benefit from two extensions if you use Chrome:

Ghostery: http://www.ghostery.com/
AdBlock: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...namgkkbiglidom

The first blocks trackers that follow you from site to site and analyze your interests. The second flat out blocks ads, including those in Gmail. Google will still know what you're writing--their algorithms run on their servers, where your e-mail sits--but you won't have to deal with the ads.
You benefit even better from the same two add-ons if you use Firefox. With adblockplus for Chrome, it still downloads the ads and just doesn't display them. The Firefox version, the ads are blocked before they are downloaded.

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Old 04-01-2013, 01:27 AM   #20
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I've just installed adblockplus for Firefox. But it's free software; somebody or something must pay for it. How?
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:12 AM   #21
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:52 AM   #22
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I haven't had gmail that long and I really haven't sent or received that many emails, but I've been talking to a friend about doing an ebook cover, and a lot of what we've talked about has centered around doing the graphics for it. Now I just got a Graphic Design ad right next to my emails. I suppose it's possible that it's a coincidence but that's very unlikely. I know they know where you've gone on the web and send you ads that way, but do they actually read the insides of your emails?
they do not read your mail
get in big trouble doing that
but do not use gmail ID for social network

best not use facebook or google plus
if use them use separate ID

create separate gmail accounts
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:32 AM   #23
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I've just installed adblockplus for Firefox. But it's free software; somebody or something must pay for it. How?
They get a lot of donations. The old "tip jar" model.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:11 AM   #24
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:25 AM   #25
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AdBlock doesn't actually work on Chrome. It *hides* the ads, but only after they've already been downloaded and processed (unlike the Firefox version, which doesn't download them in the first place). You're still having your data cap abused and your movements around the Web tracked. (the Chrome version of NoScript is also quite bad, as well)
This is interesting to me--their extension page doesn't say this, but I imagine they wouldn't advertise it. Can you provide some backup for the AdBlock claim? I'm not challenging this claim, just wondering where you found this; I'd be interested in reading through it.

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You benefit even better from the same two add-ons if you use Firefox. With adblockplus for Chrome, it still downloads the ads and just doesn't display them. The Firefox version, the ads are blocked before they are downloaded.
I'm using AdBlock rather than AdBlockPlus; I don't know if they're both working that way, given JDGumby's claim re: AdBlock above. I'm curious now to find out!
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:40 PM   #26
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Harry T is correct, however I would like to add one thing to his statement. They get millions of pieces of email each day for a human to read all of it is frankly not humanly possible. Its almost beyond the abilities of the software to keep up with the email.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:17 PM   #27
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This is interesting to me--their extension page doesn't say this, but I imagine they wouldn't advertise it. Can you provide some backup for the AdBlock claim? I'm not challenging this claim, just wondering where you found this; I'd be interested in reading through it.

I'm using AdBlock rather than AdBlockPlus; I don't know if they're both working that way, given JDGumby's claim re: AdBlock above. I'm curious now to find out!
Checking the download size for the page with each system is the simplest.

If you know how, you can check the actual code.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:56 PM   #28
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They get millions of pieces of email each day for a human to read all of it is frankly not humanly possible.
Clearly reading by humans is impossible given the volume, but I don't think that's what Gregg Bell meant. Google is clearly going through emails and developing user profiles in order to target advertising. In that sense it is being read. I'm fairly confident that Google is storing those profiles, since the advertising seems to be taking prior messages into account.

Whether the content of those profiles is or is going to be used for purposes other than advertising is an open question. I'm fairly certain that Google can make a good sum of money if they decided to sell that data to third parties since everything from credit bureaus to employers could make use of at least some of that data.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:17 PM   #29
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Clearly reading by humans is impossible given the volume, but I don't think that's what Gregg Bell meant. Google is clearly going through emails and developing user profiles in order to target advertising. In that sense it is being read. I'm fairly confident that Google is storing those profiles, since the advertising seems to be taking prior messages into account.

Whether the content of those profiles is or is going to be used for purposes other than advertising is an open question. I'm fairly certain that Google can make a good sum of money if they decided to sell that data to third parties since everything from credit bureaus to employers could make use of at least some of that data.
There's no question it's already being used for other purposes. Various police organizations, especially the feds, are never more than a warrant away from everything you've ever done on the internet.

Anybody who believe that anything they do online is even remotely private has no idea how computer networks work.
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I've not seen a single ad. But then, adblockplus does an excellent job keeping ads away from me.
LOL. If I'm at a computer that has no ad blocker(s) installed in it's internet browser, and I see how the internet *really* looks, I'd sometimes want that it was never invented.
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