Google brings new tools to Search to boost privacy protection

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  • Posted: July 16, 2021 at 7:22 pm

Google has brought a new tool to add extra protection to the Search history saved to users’ Google Accounts to keep their searches safer and more private. If they have turned on the Web & App Activity setting, obviously their Search history will be saved to their account which Google says is to enable them to have a more personalized experience across Google services and can view or delete the history any time at My Activity. If one is sharing a device with someone and doesn’t want them to access their My Activity, they can now put extra protection around the searches saved in their accounts. 

Users will be able to choose extra verification for My Activity by activating additional information like passwords or two-factor authentication before their full history can be viewed. With auto-delete controls, Google enables you to automatically and continuously delete your Search history, along with other Web & App Activity, from your account after three, 18, or 36 months. For new accounts, the default auto-delete option for Web & App Activity is 18 months, but you can always choose to update your settings if you’d like. You can also try out a new way to quickly delete your last 15 minutes of saved Search history with the single tap of a button. This feature is available in the Google app for iOS and is coming to the Android Google app later this year.

About its privacy design, Google says when you search on Google, you get the same protection that banks use, so hackers and other malicious third parties can’t see what you’re searching for.  Google Safe Browsing helps protect over four billion devices every day by showing people warnings when they attempt to navigate to dangerous sites or download dangerous files. Every day, Google systems detect over 40 billion pages of spam, which they block from appearing in Search and ensuring users have immeasurable large amounts of useful information at the slight touch of the button.  

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