Have you ever wondered how Google answers your search requests in under a second? How does Google know so much about where to find search results on the Internet?
Speaking of Google, do you know what your privacy settings are for each of your Google accounts and how to change them easily? Have you thought about how many Google accounts you may have now and how to review the settings for each account?
Check out the infographic below showing you how Google combs the Web to find relevant search results for you. Then read more to learn about My Account, a brand new way for you to see and adjust all of your Google settings from one place.
How Google Works
If you’ve ever contemplated how Google takes your search queries and then gives you results from all over the Internet within milliseconds, here’s your answer:
Controlling your security and privacy settings on Google just got much easier. Google has launched My Account, a one-stop place for you to control your privacy and settings across your Google accounts.
This new feature, announced at their I/O Conference and introduced earlier this month, makes reviewing and changing your settings easier and more convenient.
From the Google blog:
Privacy and security are two sides of the same coin: if your information isn’t secure, it certainly can’t be private. My Account gives you quick access to the settings and tools that help you safeguard your data, protect your privacy, and decide what information is used to make Google services work better for you.”
Getting Started with My Account
Go to My Account and log into your Google account. You’ll see three boxes:
- Sign-in & security
- Personal info & privacy
- Account preferences
Sign-in & Security
Signing into Google. You can activate two-step verification for your Google password here. You can also set your account recovery information, in case one of your accounts is hacked or a device is lost.
Device activity and notifications. See which devices have logged into your Google accounts and when. Look for any suspicious activity here.
You can also manage your security alerts to be notified by Google if they detect a problem or your account settings change.
Connected apps and sites. Check to see which apps and websites you’ve logged into with your Google account. Review your permissions and revoke access for any you’re not using any more.
You can also manage your app passwords from this page. If you’ve been saving your passwords in Chrome, you will be able to access and delete your passwords from this page. Click on the eye icon to see the password and the X to delete it.
Security Check-up. You can take Google’s security check-up by using the link provided in the Sign-in & security box.
Personal Info & Privacy
This box has links for you to check:
Your Personal Info. See which email address and phone number you’re using with your account. Check your Google Plus settings from this page. Manage your Google search settings to make sure that your search results are in the best format for you. You can also turn on and off search history from this page.
Account History. Here you can control whether Google keeps track of your search and location history to help provide you with more targeted results. You can also allow or deny Google access to your calendar, contacts, YouTube searches and views to help Google learn about you.
Ad Settings. The price for Google’s free services is that they can show you ads. You can choose whether these ads are relevant to you by allowing Google to use your data to give you targeted ads. The Ad Settings link is found in the Personal Info & Privacy box.
Account Overview. This gives you a link to your Dashboard where you can control the settings of all of your Google accounts. From your Dashboard you can see and manage things such as:
- Review your Google Alerts
- See your authorized Android devices
- View when and where you’ve used Google Wallet
- See your Google Photos
- View all your +1’s on Google Plus
- View your Location History
If you take one step suggested in this article, review your Dashboard to see all of your Google settings.
Control Your Content. From here you can:
- See and download your Search History
- Set an account trustee who can manage your account if you are no longer able to log in.
- Privacy Checkup. You can also take a Privacy Checkup to make sure your settings are what you want them to be.
Here you can adjust your settings for how you want Google to work for you.
Language and Input Tools. Choose which language you want to use for Google.
Accessibility. You can have Google Docs read aloud the text on the screen.
Google Drive Storage. See how much space you’re using in Google Drive.
Delete Accounts or Services. Here’s where you can delete your Google account or other accounts associated with Google, including Google Plus, YouTube and Gmail.
Google Privacy Site
If you want to learn more about how Google uses the data it collects on you, head to the new Google Privacy Site. Launched at the same time as My Account, Google’s new privacy site gives you information on:
how we show relevant ads without selling your personal information, how encryption and spam filtering help keep your data safe, and how your information helps customize your experience on Google.”
— from Google’s blog.
Have you ever wondered how Google works? Have you checked out My Account yet? Do you find it helpful to have access to all of your settings in one place? Do you prefer ads that are targeted to your interests? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below!
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