In our day and age, basically the entire breadth of human knowledge is available to anyone with a solid internet connection. That is undoubtedly a boon for most of us, but it may very well have a dark side, too.
While you can Google just about anything, there are plenty of things that you shouldn’t. Interestingly enough, simply Google searching for something “illegal” isn’t actually illegal, and Google won’t turn you in to the police for your searches.
Although it’s important to note that Google searches can (and most likely will) be used against those who are suspected of criminal activity. Though that process is enforced by law enforcement agencies, rather than Google itself.
But don’t get too comfortable, because Google isn’t the only search engine that’s being tracked.
No matter which search engine you use, it’s been exposed by various whistleblowers that all of our internet traffic is constantly being monitored by the NSA. That means that all internet activity, even when viewed anonymously or incognito, is being tracked, whether we like it or not. Even companies we trust (like AT&T) have been involved in monitoring our internet traffic for acts of terrorism, connections with illegal activity and who knows what else.
Nevertheless, even if you’re not planning to do something illegal, there are other less sinister (and less obvious) things that you still shouldn’t Google.
From the gross or stress-inducing to the possibly-incriminating, here are the top nine things that you should never type into that search bar. Continue reading to learn about 9 Things You Shouldn’t Google.