How To Control Google Account Activity - Keep Google Account Safe & Secure

Who forgets Cambridge Analytica, the UK based data mining firm which accessed more than 50 million Facebook users data without their consent through a personality test app. This security breach in Facebook data affected millions of users mostly in the US, Europe and some other countries. This is just an example of data leak in the social media site Facebook. Imagine if same things happened to Google than what were the affects. How much will data leak?

There are several billion users around the world who uses Google's several products. According Google, there are seven products that has crossed 1 billion users. Among them, Android is on the top with more than 2 billion active users. Some other products like Chrome, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Search, Play Store each has over 1 billion active users. You can check here the list of Google products. Therefore, it's time to check your Google account security and delete all the previous activity.


How to delete Google account activity

To delete the Google account activity, at first you need to login to the https://myactivity.google.com. After login click/tap Delete activity by and then click/tap Delete by date i.e., Today and select All time and then click/tap Delete. You need to click/tap Delete again to confirm your deletion.

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How to control Google account activity

So, let's start how to check Google account security. To check the security of Google account, at first you need to login to the https://myactivity.google.com. After login to Google My Activity, you are able to see all the activity of your google account. After that you have to disable all the services which are enabled by default. To disable all the default services / activity at first click, Activity Control.
 

Turn Off Web & App Activity

Several Google product uses web and app activity of users to improve their suggestions and updates so that it helps them to provide more personalized experience across Google services.

By default this setting is remain turned on and users need to turned off manually. Now to turn off this setting click/tap the web & app activity enabled icon and then click/tap Pause. Pausing the web and app activity will limit the ability to offer this kind of personalized service. Even after the pausing web and app activity, Google may temporarily store searches in order to improve the quality of the active search session.
Whenever you wish to turn on web and app activity setting, login to Google My Activity and click/tap Activity Control and enable Web & App Activity.

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Turn Off Location History

Location history stores location details when a user visits different places with their signed in devices and based on that information Google serves personalized maps, improved search results and more useful ads on and off on various Google products. All the places you have visited marked with red lines on your Google maps timeline. Location history stores information only when your location history and you location is turned on and this information is collected even when a user is not using a specific Google product. By default location history remains turn on.


Now to disable this option scroll down to location history and click/tap the enabled icon and then click/tap Pause button. Once you pause this option Google stops adding places that you visit with your signed in devices to the location history.

Now to delete all the previous location history, click/tap MANAGE ACTIVITY and then click/tap delete icon. After that select check box of I understand and want to delete all location history and then click/tap DELETE LOCATION HISTORY.


Turn off Device Information

Device information allows Google to store a copy of your contacts, calendars, apps, music and other device data on Google server to improve your experience across various Google services. To turn off this option, locate device information and click/tap the enabled button and then click/tap Pause button. Turning off this option, prevents Google to collect your device information and keep you secure.

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Turn off Voice & Audio Activity

Voice and audio activity helps Google to recognize your voice to improve speech recognition by storing this data to your Google account. To turn off this option, locate Voice & Audio Activity and click/tap the enabled button and then click/tap Pause button. Remember, pausing this option may limit or disable features such as "Ok Google" to start a voice search and also reduce the accuracy of speech recognition.


Turn off YouTube Search History

YouTube search history allows Google to store YouTube searches to make future searches faster and improve users recommendations. Suppose, if anyone search a porn items on YouTube, that means the contents will appear in the YouTube search history and that is visible to others. Therefore, to remain private, users must need to turn off this option. To turn off this option locate YouTube Search History and click/tap the enabled icon and then click/tap Pause button. Pausing YouTube search history, future searches will not appear in the search history and users shall not get the improved recommendations.

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Turn off YouTube Watch History

YouTube watch history makes easier to find videos that users recently watched on YouTube and based on that data Google improve the recommendations in YouTube and other Google services. To turn off this option locate YouTube Watch History and click/tap the enabled icon and then click/tap Pause button. Pausing YouTube watch history, future watched videos won't appear in the watch history.


How To Control Google Account Activity - Keep Google Account Safe & Secure How To Control Google Account Activity - Keep Google Account Safe & Secure Reviewed by Mani on December 09, 2018 Rating: 5

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