Recent trends have shown that trashing Google’s stance on privacy is on everybody’s to-do list on a daily basis. Now, Google has added a way to put a password on your Web and Activity page, which shows all your activity from across Google services, including your searches, YouTube watch history, and Google assistant queries. Without the verification, anyone who picks up a device you’re logged into could see that activity.
To activate the verification, you can go to activity.google.com, and click the Manage My Activity verification link. From there, you can select the Require Extra Verification option, save, and enter your password to confirm that you’re the one trying to make the change.
Google seems to be now taking privacy seriously — and in many respects, they are more conscious about their privacy practices than most other companies because they are an easy target. It is also assuring that they can fix vulnerabilities very quickly in most cases.
Time to cut through the hype and bring some practical perspective to a sensationalized subject. Lately, though, the conversation has turned especially heated, with a growing chorus of virtual voices suggesting it’s time to ditch this-or-that Google service because of how it handles privacy and watches every move you make.
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