15 Sep Google’s Account Dashboard: Privacy Settings You Should Change
Google is different things to different people. Nowadays, there is something for everyone – and the newest privacy tool in town from the giant is their Account Dashboard. Google has the ability to keep an eye on you, and keep a reserve of almost all your personal information. This information includes the travels and places you have visited, your voice commands and any searches that you have made. In fact, they probably know you better than you do. On one hand, many feel that this compromises their security. On the other, it allows the system to provide you with a personalized browsing experience. Either way, with the dashboard, you can personalize your settings to ensure security for your account is ensured.
This new feature provides you with a fast and easy access to settings and tools that will enable you to step up the security and protection of your data and privacy. You will also have the control of how Google uses your information.
The My Account Dashboard is split into 3 main parts. These sections are;
- Sign-in & Security,
- Personal Info & Privacy
- Account Preferences
Capabilities of each Component
The Sign-in and Security option
It is very hard to keep your information private as long as it isn’t secure. The Sign-in and Security feature is available to ensure the security of you information. With it, you can fire up a verification process that has two steps in order to log in to your account. You can also have a look at all the devices that are connected to your account, and control your security alert settings.
It is also possible to see all the applications and saved passwords that you have connected to your Google account. This is pretty convenient given that you can now manage all your passwords from a single point.
Personal info and Privacy
Google can track and collect all information on your activities such as your search history, places visited, voice commands and searches, browsing and many other actions including those in YouTube. Many people are uncomfortable about this. If that’s you, put your foot down and say “NO MORE!” with a click of a button.
Another important feature is that you now have a say on the ad settings. From a digital marketers perspective, this isn’t the best news. But it does allow for more targeted engagement, since those who are seeing your ads now, are those who actually want to see them. By clicking into the ad section, you’ll be provided with a list of all the information that filters the advertisement types you’ll see. Such information includes age, sex, languages and interests. For example, if you have kids, you can set it up so they don’t see inappropriate material displayed in the ads.
In this section, you’ll find usability settings such as drive storage, your language and accessibility. In this section you’re able to delete services you don’t want or use, or entire accounts. It is also possible to do away with any YouTube content you’d prefer not to see.
Give it a try. You’ll find the Google Account Dashboard very useful in ensuring the security of your private information and how to manage the content you contribute to or consume from the internet.