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Google just made it infinitely easier to manage your account

by Todd Haselton | June 1, 2015June 1, 2015 7:00 pm PST

Until recently, if you wanted to change security settings for Google, you often had to dig around inside of the settings menus of its various applications. That changed on Monday, when Google introduced a new “My Account” page that lets you tweak all of your settings, whether it’s your private information, account preferences or security settings, all from one page.

“My Account gives you quick access to the settings and tools that help you safeguard your data, protect your privacy, and decide what information is used to make Google services work better for you,” Google said. “It also provides more context to help you understand your options and make the right choices for you.”

The site is split into three main categories: “Sign-in & Security,” “Personal info & Privacy,” and “Account preferences.” You can tweak everything from the portal, including app passwords, 2-step verifications, your recovery email, your location or browser history, change your ad settings and much more. You can even delete your account or remove specific services, and the site also also lets you run security and privacy checkups, so you can make sure that you’re sharing exactly what you want to share, and that your data is as protected as possible.

Google said it decided to create the portal because it learned that more than 90 percent of Internet users want to be able to control their privacy, but that just 9 percent “feel they have “a lot” of control over it.” Now we finally do. Hit the source to check out the page now, you might be surprised at the data Google has on you.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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