Google as a provider of many digital applications knows a number of personal data of its users. Starting from the track record of searching videos on YouTube, to the trail of travel on Google Maps. Google stores that data even though the app is never used at all. This is of course quite worrying because it relates to user privacy. Google users who want to secure their personal data can delete the recorded data.
If you don’t want your partner, friends, or family to peek at your Google search history or YouTube views, but don’t want to go incognito, the good news is that you can breathe a sigh of relief because you can protect your search history on Google from prying eyes as you can now hide both of them behind password verification.
Google has added new features to protect your Web pages and Activity, which include things like searches, YouTube watch history, and questions asked to the Google assistant.
You only need to manually activate the password protection system to use it. Here’s how you can do it
how to protect google search history by using a password
First, go to Activity.google.com and click the Manage My Activity verifications link. The page is easy to spot because it will appear with a blue sign that says, “You can add more security to My Activity by enabling additional verification.”
The next step after you click Manage My Activity, you select Require Extra Verification.
Then, select the password that you will enter each time you want to view your Web and Activity information. The password is used to confirm on the main google login screen.
Once activated, you will have to tap on the Verify button and enter your password every time you want to reveal your activity history.
Without a password, anyone can see what you’ve recently typed into Google or watched on YouTube.
You’ll also see an option to ‘Auto clear’ search history on Web pages and Activity, if you really don’t want anyone to see your history. You can delete your Google activity manually or automatically.