By clearing your web searches history and pages visited will not prevent Google from collecting information about you. However, it will prevent Google from sending you customized search results and will make the collection of your surfings and searches fractionally anonymized after 18 months, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) advocacy group. Similarly, you can also carry out a same maneuver with your YouTube search and viewing histories.
If you think that Google‘s new policy will allow the company to know too much about you, there are a couple of small and simple steps which you can perform before to have some measure of control.
Here’s how to remove and disable your Google web history:
1. Log in to your Google account.
2. Then go here: https://www.google.com/history
3. Click the “Remove all Web History” button.
4. Click “OK.”
5. Your Google web history will now be deleted and remain disabled until you decide to enable it again.
Here’s how to cover your YouTube search and viewing tracks:
1. Sign in to your Google account.
2. Go here: https://www.youtube.com
3. Click your profile icon.
4. Go to the Video Manager section of your profile.
5. Click “History.”
6. Click the “Clear all viewing history” button.
7. Click the “Pause viewing history” button.
8. Go to the Search History section of your profile, located on the left hand column.
9. Click the “Clear all search history button.”
10. Click the “Pause search history” button to prevent future searches from being recorded indefinitely.