Give your Google account a check-up now, with Accounts page

2 June 2015

googleYou might not trust someone like Google to look after your privacy or, indeed, you might just like tinkering with stuff because it makes you feel like you're doing something useful with your life - either way, you can now mess around with your privacy controls if you have a Google account.

The internet giant has rejigged the account page, so hopefully, it makes the whole understanding what in the sam hell they're doing with your data thing a little easier.

If you can't be bothered reading more words and want to dive straight in, click here and it'll take you to your account page.

So what's the deal? Well, Google aren't exactly offering you anything new with your security options, but what they are doing, is making things easier for you to understand. By making things simpler, you can toggle the options and have things which are more suited to what you want.

If you want a pointer, get yourself to the new Privacy Checkup and Security Check Up. That's as good a place to start as any. The Privacy Checkup goes through the information that Google are storing and displaying across the variety of services they have. If you turn a lot of the settings off, you will lose the personalised service they offer, but that's your call.

The Security Checkup meanwhile, goes through all the access settings for your Google account. Here, you can set up two-factor authentication (advised), and  lets you see which devices and apps have access to your account (you might have an old app that you never use anymore that still has access to your account, which you can ditch if you like).

So basically, take care of your account, because it isn't worth letting someone else do it for you.

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy   How To Guides

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