Android – Picasa Web Albums prompting for access

Problem

Picasa Web Albums is constantly prompting for permission on an Android device.
You dont want to grant permission, but the prompt continues to appear even after clicking cancel.
The prompt reads:

Gallery would like to:
Picasa Web Albumsn
By continuing, you allow this app and Google to use your information in accordance with their respective terms of service and privacy policies.

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Solution

To stop Picasa from prompting you will need to remove it from the syncronisation list.

This can be done by following the steps below (please note, these were written on a Samsung device, your device may be slightly different).

  1. From the home screen, click on the options button (the button on the bottom of the phone)
  2. Open ‘Settings’
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  4. Open ‘Accounts’, then under ‘My accounts’ click on ‘Google’
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  6. Under ‘Accounts’ click on the account name
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  8. Scroll to the bottom of the list, and un-tick ‘Sync Picasa Web Albums’
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  10. Once this is un-ticked the message should stop prompting.

How to see what metadata Google has about you

If you’re like most people, you have a Google account and notice very effective targeted advertisements.

It’s what Google have been so successful with, you sign up for their services, they learn a little about you then start running advertisements targeting what they know about you. But what exactly do they know?

You can see this, and disable certain elements of their data collection using https://history.google.com

When you first log into https://history.google.com the first thing you will notice is all your search history – creepy !

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I personally suggest you use the select all and remove items options to clear this history – after all, even you don’t need this level of data.

Click on the settings cog at the top right on the window and select ‘Settings’

Click on ‘Show more settings’

From here you will be able to access various sets of metadata Google has for their services – such as YouTube.

The most interest one for Google Android users would be ‘Places you go’ which plots your movements using GPS locations.

For each you can use ‘Manage History’  to view and clear the data, and the blue toggle to pause the history.

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How to add Facebook – Twitter – Google+ social icons to MySource Matrix

The following code can be used to dynamically create Facebook, Twitter and Google+ social icons in the MySource Matrix content management system.

The code can be added to your template or added to a page (as raw HTML) and then added in as a nested page when needed.

The code outputs this:

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<!-- Google Plus Javascript -->
<script type="text/javascript">
(function() {
var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true;
po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js';
var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s);
})();
</script>

<!-- CSS -->
 <style type="text/css">
.social-links { float: right; margin-right: -30px; }
.fb { float: left; margin-right : 10px; }
.googplus { float: left; }
.googplus > div { display: inline !important;}
.tweet { float: left; width: 95px; }
div[id*="content"] {clear: both;}
</style>
<div class="social-links">
 <div class="fb">
 <script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"></script>
 <script type="text/javascript">
 document.write('<fb:like layout="button_count" show_faces="false" width="100"></fb:like>')
 </script></div>
 <div class="tweet">
 <a title="Tweet this page" href="http://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-count="horizontal"></a><script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></div>
<div class="googplus">
 <g:plusone size="medium"></g:plusone></div>
 </div>

How to hide liked videos from your public video channel

By default YouTube displays a list of videos you have liked on your video channel. This may raise privacy concerns if you do not want people, potentially anyone with access to the Internet, to see the videos you have liked.

To hide liked videos from the public:

  1. Go to YouTube
  2. Click on your user icon at the top right of the window then click on the cog icon (YouTube settings)
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  4. Click ‘Privacy’ and place a tick next to ‘Keep all my Liked Videos and Liked Playlists private’
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  6. While you’re there, I suggest you also tick ‘Keep all my subscriptions private’
  7. Click ‘Save’ to save the changes.

How to clear or disable the YouTube watch history

When logged in YouTube will automatically keep a history of your watch history. The watch history is not public information and will only be seen when you are logged in, but it may raise privacy concerns if other people have access to your computer or know your account details.

There are two options for managing this watch history, you can clear individual or all videos from the watch history or disable it all together.

To manage your history:

  1. Go to YouTube
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  3. Click on the ‘History’ tab on the left hand side – here you will see your complete history
  4. To remove individual videos place a tick next to the video and then click ‘Remove’
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  6. To remove all videos from the watch history click on the ‘Clear all watch history’ button
  7. And to disable the watch history click on the ‘Pause watch history’ button

I recommend you remove all videos from the watch history as well as disabling.

How to use Google to search for subdomains

I recently discovered that Google had indexed some of my subdomains (for example, subdomain.domain.com) used for testing and when migrating data from Joomla to WordPress.

It came as quite a surprise that Google found these subdomains, and quickly needed to know what other subdomains Google had in its index so I could 301 redirect the traffic.

This let me to the following Google search, which displays all the subdomain content indexed for any given domain.

Simply replace ‘mockbox.net’ with the domain you’re searching.

site:*.mockbox.net/ -site:www.mockbox.net

The results will include all the indexed content that came from a subdomain of your main website domain.

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