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My phone decided to show cards of places which I have no idea of

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  1. mystvearn

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    I just noticed today that my phone has 3 cards all pointing me directions to a bank which I have account with. I dismissed it. However I did not search for any banks either on the phone or on the browser.

    Another thing was that the phone decided to set my work location at a random place.

    I have run avast scanner and everything is as it should be. Does anyone have any ideas how to increase security or identifying the source of this weird card locations?
     

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    Do you have your bank's app? Or did you get an email from them? It could also simply be a "place nearby"

    It's not a security risk. Google Now just works in mysterious ways. Sometimes it knows things that you are barely interested in. And other times it is off.

    If you go to Google Now settings you can ratchet down the things it thinks you are interested in. Also in the Settings, go to My Stuff and change your home and work locations.
     
  3. mystvearn

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    Nope. No account, no app. No idea why.

    I did. I disable those google now/cards thingy and stopped updating all google apps altogether. Not using them
     
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    I get cards for locations I go to often or which it sees a pattern. Usually it would ask if you want to be reminded about it or if you want to give it a name. Has nothing to do with search.

    For example, if I visited the place where my friend's deer are, say, often enough, it eventually would display a card saying I traveled to that location and display the map, asking me if I want future cards about it, and if I say yes, it asks me to input a name. If no, it won't show a card for it anymore.
     
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    I see. The only thing I remembered was finding the road on google maps, not the bank itself.
     
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    That is s what it does. Shows a spot with the arrow and usually a road. It won't have a name unless you give it one. The deer farm would show as some random road in Morganfield KY
     
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    Yeah google now can be a bit freaky. I like it :)
     
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    I like it too. Don't use it much for anything except the weather conditions before and after my drive to and from work. I'm not social enough to truly take advantage of it. I never eat out, never go to the theater, etc.
     
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    I don't like it. It is more like snooping :p
     
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    You call it snooping. I call it Personalization.

    How many people handle your phone unattended? That is the only way they can go through your phone and find out what Google Now has to say. Unless you are giving them a tour of your phone - then just steer them away.

    I didn't like Google Now at first. But now I like it since it takes what I do on my desktop and phone and guesses my interests. It may not always be right, but I don't have to listen to it when it is wrong. It may not always be needed or wanted. But I have the option to not open it and look at it.

    It is nice to search for places and discover one close by you never knew of. Or hours later decide, "hey I DO want to go there" and Google Now will guide me cause it didn't forget about it or assume I didn't want to know. If it's going to be there anyway, might as well be customized to me.

    I would marry Google Now if it was socially acceptable.
     
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    Lol :D
    Yeah i embrace it too. The deal is, google sell our data annonomously (augh my spell-check is broken lol) and in return, we get a better more personalised service.
    Obviously if i was still a terrorist, i wouldnt use it lol but my life is far too boring for anyone to want to "snoop".
    I think people who are paranoid about it must have an inflated sense of their own importance :p
     
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    The only thing they find out about me is that I go to and from work each day, visit some deer, and occasionally go to junkyards. Not exactly interesting enough to hide or be interested in.
     
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    I've never use Now, +, hangouts, or all other google products except for maps, mail, calendar. I also have stop auto update the apps since my phone does not seem to have much space in it.
     
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    What about google search? I think thats still their main earner :)
     
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    I do use search:D Though you don't need to update a specific search app on the phone. Just use the default internet app.
     
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    I think(?) Even using google search on your browser it knows who you are. Im probably wrong though :)
     
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    Google knows who you are and the US government too :p
     
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    Haha i couldnt care if Obama can watch me in the shower :D
     
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    i searched for how to root an old phone. and now that's all i get cards for besides the weather.

    not quite ready for prime time, imo. waiting for with wizardry to appear, and so far it's a big let down for me.
     
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    I dont even get news cards in UK :( yeah its still a work in progress
     
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    I'm certain it does. Think of it like doing a Google search from a browser after logging in to your Google account. If you have a Google account set up on your phone, then you can assume you are logged in as far as search goes.
     
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