Small businesses can run their entire operations straight from the Google platform, and on June 1, the search giant released two new tools designed to make it even easier to control security across Google products.
The two security features are My Account, a central hub for managing Google security settings; and a new website that answers common questions users have about their security on the Google platform.
"Every day, we make choices that affect our privacy and security online," Guemmy Kim, product manager of account controls and settings at Google, said in a blog post. "Most people, however, don't feel they have the right level of control to make these important decisions. We want to change that." [Google for Business: A Small Business Guide]
Here's what these two new security features have to offer and how businesses can use them to keep their information safe and private.
With My Account, Google aims to make it easy for users to control Google security in a single, quickly accessible place. It features all of the settings and tools required to protect users' privacy and help them decide which security options are best for their needs, Google explained.
My Account lets users control which information is shared on the Google products they use. For instance, users may be enabling Web and App Activity when they use Google Search, sharing their Location History on Google Maps to speed up results, or disabling them to prevent Google from saving data. Users can also manage which apps and websites are allowed to connect to their Google accounts.
My Account also features Privacy Checkup and Security Checkup, two step-by-step guides that walk users through each of their privacy and security settings. These two tools aim to make the process simpler and help users make the most out of My Account.
To access My Account, visit myaccount.google.com.
The more business users understand about their security, the better they'll be able to manage it. Google's new website privacy.google.com aims to answer the most common questions people have about their security on the Google platform, including the following:
- What types of information does Google collect, and what does the company do with it?
- How can users control what type of information is shared?
- How does Google show relevant ads without selling personal information?
- How can encryption and spam filtering keep data secure?
- What are the benefits of sharing information?
Privacy.google.com also will feature new tools and share new information to help users better manage their security and enhance their Google experience.