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Improve Google Data Privacy Protection Through These Seven Ways

On Data Privacy awareness, Google publishes a blog post on seven ways it protects its users. Since the start of the decade, internet companies have doubled up on cybersecurity. This is encouraging as people in 2019 witnessed a huge hacking plaque.


In a bid to retain the trust of its customers, Google outlines seven ways in which it secures private data on its platform. It will be encouraging if social media services also pick up the mantle of responsibility that browsers have adorned in 2020.

Here are Google’s data privacy tools available for users:

1. Password Manager: You can access this in your Google Account. It helps you remember and securely store strong passwords for all your online accounts. Also, it also has a Password Checkup. With this feature, you see if any of your passwords are weak—whether you’ve reused them across multiple sites. If someone has compromised its security via a hack, the service sends you a link to change the password.


2. Auto-delete: Users can automatically clear Location History, Web & App Activity and YouTube History from the service. You can also opt to have Google automatically and continuously delete your activity and location history after 3 or 18 months. More interesting is the fact that you control what data is saved in your account with an easy on/off control accessible from your Google Account. Also, you can choose to delete your data by date, product and topic.


3. Incognito mode: Despite being available for quite a number of years on Chrome, YouTube and Google Maps now also have it. We published an article on how to use this new feature. In Maps, Google Account will not save your activity in Incognito Mode.


4. Google Assistant: You can also use this tool to manage your privacy settings. Some command speeches to use include;

  • “Hey Google, delete everything I said to you last week” to delete Assistant activity from your Google Account
  • “Hey Google, that wasn’t for you,” to tell the Assistant to forget what it heard if the Assistant responds to something that wasn’t actually a question or request.
  • “Hey Google, how do you keep my data safe?” to learn how Google keeps your data private and secure.
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5. Chrome Safe Browsing: Now, the browser automatically protects you from malicious ads. It also warns you before you visit dangerous sites or download suspicious files. Chrome offers automatic password protections. It can also alert you if your username and password have been compromised in a hack as you log into websites.


6. Privacy Checkup: This feature shows users the step-by-step key privacy settings. With this, you can control what ads you see. Also, use the Security Checkup to see personalized recommendations to help protect your data and devices and even manage which third-party apps have access to your account data.


7. Why This Ad: Although Google claims not to be selling users’ it gives you the choice and control over your information usage. To know why you see certain ads, tap on the Why this ad tab and get more information. You can even block specific ads by opting for the Mute option. Also, control the kinds of ads you see by using the ads personalization in the Ad Settings.


Use this Google data privacy tips to feel more secure. You can also find out more on the Google blog.


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