It’s no secret that Google tracks your activity across its products, but you do have some control over your information. This data can be automatically erased and it can be placed behind a password to protect it from prying eyes.
Your Google activity can be accessed at activity.google.com. Everything you do with Google products is recorded here, unless you turn off tracking. Google searches, Google Assistant commands, Google Maps locations, YouTube history ̵
That’s clearly a lot very personal information, and it’s easily accessible to anyone who visits the page on a device where you’re signed in to your Google account. Fortunately, it can be password protected.
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To get started, visit the activity.google.com page in a web browser such as Google Chrome. Make sure you are signed in to your Google account.
Then click on ‘Manage My Activity Verification’.
A pop-up message will appear with two options. Select “Require additional authentication” and click “Save”.
You will be asked to sign in to your Google account again to verify that it is you.
That’s all. You will now notice that the information on the page is hidden. You or anyone else opening the page has to click the “Verify” button to see anything.
The Google account login page will reappear and if your password and two-factor authentication are entered correctly, your activity and Google search history will be revealed.
This sounds like a nice security method, but there is one major flaw in this system that you should be aware of. If your browser has saved your Google account password (or if you use a password manager), it will be filled in automatically for you and anyone who tries to access your activity.
As such, the “Verify” step won’t do much if your browser is going to give the person your password. It’s something to keep in mind.
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