Google Launches 'My Account' Site with Privacy Controls
Google today published a new web site that people can use to manage their personal information. The My Account site offers a handful of features for checking the privacy of individual accounts and performing security checkups with step-by-step guides. With My Account, people will be able to manage the personal information that's accessed by Search, Maps, YouTube, and other Google products. Google says, for example, users can easily turn on and off settings for sharing web and app activity (used to refine search results), or location history (used to improve Google Now and Maps). People can also use the Ads Settings tool to manage the advertisements Google serves. Last, users can more easily control which apps and sites are connected to their Google account. The site is available at myaccount.google.com. In addition to the My Account site, Google also published a Q&A site that explains many of its privacy policies. That site is available at privacy.google.com.
Google Simplifies Searching For Lost Phones
Google today made improvements to its My Accounts tool that should help people better manage their Google settings as well as their smartphone. Users can now access their account by saying, "Ok Google, show me my Google account" into the Google Search app.
Google Retools Dashboard for Mobile Devices
Google today said it plans to roll out a refreshed version of its account management tool, Dashboard, in an attempt to make it simpler for people to control their data. Specifically, Google has made Dashboard much more touch friendly, which allows people to access and use it more easily from mobile devices, such as smartphones.
Google Simplifies 2-Step Verification
Google has made it easier for people to setup and use two-step verification to protect their accounts. Google already allowed users to tap a Security Key or enter a verification code sent to their phone.
Google Turns On Native Security Alerts for Android Log-Ins
Google today said it is taking a more proactive step to notify users when there is new account activity. Specifically, Google will send push notifications to Android devices associated with an account every time a new device is added to the account.
Google Maps and Google Search Debut SOS Function
Google today announced its Google Maps and Google Search apps will soon show critical information regarding natural and other disasters that may strike. The SOS Alerts, as they are called, will appear at the top of search results and within maps as people look for information concerning the disasters or impacted areas.