Google+ has started to charm the world with its new and unique features. One of the features of Google+ is the +1 button. Clicking on +1 button under a message, comment or shared picture or article means that you like it. By default, Google uses this +1 button likes of your Google+ profile to personalize non-Google sites. This means that you may see advertisements and other content on different sites depending on what items you liked (clicked +1 for) in your Google+ profile. If you think it is an invasion of your privacy, Google is open enough to allow you to disable this +1 personalization for non-Google sites. Here is how :
- If you are not already logged in, then visit https://plus.google.com/ and log in to your Google+ account.
- After loggin in, visit https://plus.google.com/settings/plus to open the Google+ settings page for your Google+ profile.
- Scroll down and click on Edit link in front of +1 on non-Google sites as shown
- In the page that opens, select the Disable – Do not allow Google to use my +1’s as shown. By selecting this option, you are telling Google not to use your +1’s and other profile information for personalizing the content and other advertisements on non-Google sites.
- Finally, click on the Save button to save the personalization settings.
When you click the +1 button whether in Google+ or on any other web site, you are explicitly showing your interest in displaying, sharing, and recommending particular online content, including online advertisements to Google. Google stores your +1’s to personalize the web for you. If you do not like this, then you can either use a different browser, clear your browser cookies, or simply disable this +1 personalization as described above.