Links and Privacy

If you are affiliated with other websites — if you have a blog, are on Facebook, tweet on Twitter, or have a Tumblr account — then the Google+ “Links” feature is a great way to consolidate your life online that can also impact (or impair) your online privacy. When adding sites to your “Links,” you can elect to make the link “public,” associating it with your Google+ profile, or keeping the link private. You can also use the Circles feature to limit access to your Links. For example, allowing only your friends to see your Links, but not your colleagues.

If you are affiliated with other websites — if you have a blog, are on Facebook, tweet on Twitter, or have a Tumblr account — then the Google+ “Links” feature is a great way to consolidate your life online that can also impact (or impair) your online privacy. When adding sites to your “Links,” you can elect to make the link “public,” associating it with your Google+ profile, or keeping the link private. You can also use the Circles feature to limit access to your Links. For example, allowing only your friends to see your Links, but not your colleagues. For now, this appears to be an all or nothing approach. — the same rules apply to all your “Links.” Over time, Google may make Links more granular, giving you control over the visibility of individual sites you added to your links.

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