Users can now hide their Google search history behind a password

This is being done in a bid to help protect browsing history and search activities of its users from others to see

author_img IANS Published :  25th May 2021 12:14 PM   |   Published :   |  25th May 2021 12:14 PM
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Tech giant Google will now let users password-protect the page that shows their searches. This is being done in a bid to help protect browsing history and search activities of its users from others to see. Whenever people use a Google device or product (Android smartphone or Chrome browser), their activity history is stored and is available for them to review via ‘My Activity; feature.

Now, "if you turn on extra verification, Google will make sure it's really you before you can see or delete your full history on My Activity," the company said in an update. "This can help keep your history safer on shared devices. This setting only applies to My Activity. Your history may still appear in other Google products," the company added.

To strengthen your privacy on shared devices, you can choose to require an extra verification step to view your full history on My Activity.

To activate the verification, go to activity.google.com and click the Manage My Activity verification link.

According to Android Police, once turned on, "the feature will ask you to verify your identity before showing your history".

"What this actually does is simply take you to the regular Google sign-in page, allowing you to either enter your password or connect using your Android device if you've set that up," the report mentioned.

*Edited from an IANS report

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