Google Privacy Checkup Tool: Harden your Privacy and make your online accounts safer

While the threats on our online accounts are increasing day by day, there are still some special privacy tools which can help us keeping our personal details safe and secure. Today, January 29 is Data Privacy Day and in this post, we will learn about the Google Privacy Checkup Tool. The tool allows you to harden your Privacy settings and make your Google online accounts like YouTube, Search, Ads, Google Plus, Hangouts, Communities, etc., safer and more private.

Google is one of the most commonly used web-portal and much of our personal details and information are stored here. This special tool from Google offers 4-step privacy controls and helps us making our online account safer.

Google Privacy Checkup Tool

See how your profile appears to public

To begin with, Google Privacy Checkup Tool lets you set how your Google plus profile appears to the visitors. Here you can decide which of your details will be visible to public and which will be private. Google Plus has a different tab for all you have on your G+ account. For example, you can choose if public visiting your G+ account can see your photos, videos, reviews or the content you are sharing.

While the threats on our online accounts are increasing day by day, there are still some special privacy tools which can help us keeping our personal details safe and secure. In this post, we will learn about the Google Privacy Checkup Tool.

Google is one of the most commonly used web-portal and much of our personal details and information are stored here. This special tool from Google offers 4-step privacy controls and helps us making our online account safer.

See how your profile appears to public

To begin with, Google Privacy Checkup Tool lets you set how your Google plus profile appears to the visitors. Here you can decide which of your details will be visible to public and which will be private. Google Plus has a different tab for all you have on your G+ account. For example, you can choose if public visiting your G+ account can see your photos, videos, reviews or the content you are sharing. If you don’t want anyone to see your photos, videos, +1s or reviews, turn them off. In short, this tool lets you hide everything from a stranger visiting your profile.

Google Privacy Checkup Tool

You can also decide what other see about you on your Google Plus page. For example, you can decide to show or hide your contact details, education, date of birth, and work history. google privacy control 2

You can decide if or not you want the world to see which Google Communities you are a member of and whatever you post on that communities. google privacy checkup tool 3

From the tab ‘edit your shared endorsements settings’, you can decide if the world can see your endorsements, recommendations and reviews or not. gogle endorsements

Help People Connect You

Here you can set if people with your phone number find and connect with you on Google services like Google Hangouts, or not. Also, let the world find your name, photo and other information that you’ve made visible on Google. You can add your phone number to your Google account

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Manage what you share on YouTube

Under this tab, you can select how much of your YouTube activity is visible to your Google Plus friends or to the public. You can also show or hide your YouTube activities like your saved playlists, subscriptions and liked videos. This Google Privacy Checkup Tool also lets you make your playlist public, private or unlisted. You can adjust or change the privacy settings at any time.google privacy checkup tool 5

Personalize your Google experience

This tab of Google Privacy Checkup Tool lets you choose what all information is shared with Google, for example, your Web & App Activity, your location History, the information about the device you are logged in from, all your voice & audio Activity, and YouTube Search/Watch History. google privacy checkup tool 6

The web activity includes all your searches and your browsing history on all your devices with Chrome. It is always recommended to hide this information from strangers.

Make ads more relevant to you

Click on Manage Your Ads Settings to control the ads delivered to you. You can choose to get the ads according to your interests or not. With Ads based on your interests ON, you get to see the ads based on your prior search queries, the videos you have watched, or the interests you have added. On the other hand, with Ads Based on interests off, you  will see the ads based on your location. google privacy checkup tool 7

To get some really useful ads, you need to add your interests, for example, if you are a gadget lover you can add your interests and you will be delivered with the most relevant advertisements. google

While Google lets you choose the ads on your on preferences, it has no option of disabling the ads completely.

This Google Privacy Checkup Tool not just lets you adjust the privacy settings, it also help you reviewing your security settings and activity. Just click on ‘Get Started’ and you can check if your privacy settings are intact or not. get started

Google Security Check-up includes:

  • Checking your recovery information
  • Checking your connected devices
  • Disabling access for less secure apps
  • Checking your account permissions

Google always keep an eye on all your account activities and send you an alert whenever there is some suspicious activity on your account.

Click here to visit the online tool.

Do also check the Facebook Privacy Checkup tool to have a safe and secure Facebook account and Google Plus Privacy and Security Settings to be safe on your Google Plus profile.

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