What should we not ask Google?
- How to make a bomb.
- How to kill presidents.
- How to hide dead bodies.
These are the type of things you should never ask Google. As it happens, a friend of one of the teachers of someone I knew searched for methods of making a bomb online. A week or so later, an explosion happened in the town. It was not a big thing, no one was injured but the news was big for a small town like ours. The intelligence suspected a planned terrorist attack in the town by people from a peaceful religion. The neighbours of the person said that he was a mysterious guy and he happened to be a member of the same religion. Guess who was caught and interrogated because they have searched something suspicious on Google? You got it right. Everything you search on google can be and will be scrutinised by the government if needed. And when asked for data, Google WILL comply.
There is a similar case where someone asked Siri “I just killed a man, where do I hide the body”. This was used in the court against the man ().
Don’t be stupid with tech. Remember, Google is not your “friend”. Anything that you are not comfortable asking your friend is not good enough for being Googled.
PS: Incognito will not help you. Nor will proxies help a lot. If they want to, they will trace you back unless you are the ninja!
Never, I repeat NEVER , search your ILLNESS on Google.
I had severe fever, sore throat, cold, felt weakness in body. My school and coaching was going on, so I wanted to recover from the illness as soon as possible. I googled the above mentioned symptoms.
Any guesses what Google came up with ?
Ebola. FREAKING EBOLA!
This was year 2014. There was an Ebola outbreak in November 2014, i.e, the time of my illness :/
I researched a bit about Ebola. I got to know that the largest Ebola outbreak in 2014 was in Africa. My neighbourhood was home to many African students! What if some infected person returned from there ?
All this, couldn’t be a mere coincidence. At first, I trembled. But by the time night came, I had already accepted it. I phoned my parents and talked ( you know, the usual stuff ). Then, I went for a walk.
“It’s strange. I should be worried, but a sense of peace is settling over me”, I thought.
According to Wikipedia, death by Ebola occurs after 6 to 16 days. I recovered from my illness (read : cold) after 3 days -_-
I was being naive. Never have I been happier to be proven wrong 🙂
Lesson learnt : Never trust your search engine to help you with your illness.