Google search history can be amazing as it helps you remember previous search history you wouldn’t want to memorize and at the same time disadvantageous especially when you are not the one handling your device thereby exposing your search history secrets to other persons. Google now lets you password-protect your Google search history and for today’s guide, I’ll be teaching you how to password-protect your Google Search history.
During the Google I/O event last month, Google rolled out several privacy features which include the Google Search history password-protect feature, a new optional locked folder you can add to your Google Photos account, and also a new quick delete toggle that lets you scrub the last 15 minutes of your Google Search History.
Secrets are known to be common to everyone and nobody wants their secret to be exposed especially when it concerns surfing the web. Before Google introduced this new feature, the only way to hide your search history from others was to use the incognito mode. The disadvantage of using this technique is that after you close the page, the record of the page is totally wiped from your device and if the website you visited, was not memorized or written down it may as well be considered lost forever except you possessed some other means to retrieve them.
Do you know that all your Google activities including your Google searches, Google Assistant Commands, Google Maps Locations, Youtube history, etc are all compiled and by default stored in activity.google.com?
What this simply means is that anyone who has access to a device that has your Google account signed into it and visits that web address can easily have information about all you have searched, asked, and watched.
You’d agree with me that it’s a lot of personal information for someone other than yourself to have access to but not to worry with Google’s new feature, I’ll be teaching you how to password-protect your Google Search history, and here is how to it.
How to Password-Protect Your Google Search History
Adding a password to your Google Search History provides an additional layer of security added to the security we usually use to lock our devices (pins, patterns, fingerprint, etc). The first layer of security (fingerprint, patterns, etc) can be easily bypassed by your spouse, family, and friends which could be as a result of you unlocking your device for them or they already can unlock your device themselves and this can pose as a threat to your privacy because they can easily have access to your Google Search histories.
This won’t be a problem anymore with Google’s new feature once you follow the steps outlined below to learn how to password-protect your Google Search History.
- To turn the feature on, visit the web address “activity.google.com”.
- Log into your Google account if you aren’t already logged in.
- Click on the Manage My Activity Verification
- From the pop-up, toggle on the Require Extra Verification and click on Save.
- You’ll be required to input your Google account password again as a way to confirm that the request is being made by you.
Once you have done this, you’d realize that you have successfully learned how to password-protect your Google Search History. At this point, your search history is now locked at to have access to it you’d have to click on the Verify button and enter your password before you or anyone can have access to your search history.
In as much as this method is secure, it isn’t the most secure method and would be useless before someone who knows your Google account password. At this point, there are only three options left. You can either change your Google password before carrying out the steps above so you are certain that no other person than you can access it, resort to using incognito mode, and you can manually or automatically delete your Google activities.
If you fall into this category and carrying the first option seems a bit too extreme, the second option should be something you already know how to do and as for the last option, I’ll be teaching you how to carry out that option. Google now provides you with the option of automatically deleting anything older than 3 months, 18 months, or 36 months depending on your preference and to do this you’d have to:
- Visit Google’s activity page.
- Navigate to Web & App Activity and select it.
- Select Auto-Delete.
- Finally, set your time preference.
As a closing note, when password-protecting your Google Search History, if you are using a browser like chrome that can save passwords or a password manager remember not to grant them permission to save your password for you otherwise the steps this far would be null and void. This is true because anyone who now tries to access your Google activity after clicking on Verify your browser or password manager will autofill thereby making your efforts thus far to secure it useless.
There you have it, this is my guide on how to password-protect your Google Search History.