Today, Google is introducing a new feature called Account Activity. If you sign up each month they’ll send you a link to a password-protected report with insights into your signed-in use of their services.
Hmm! I guess if you’re skeptical of this it’s a good indication that like me you’re leery of any user data collection. On the other hand you can make use of the service, because no matter what you’re doing online whether it be Google, Yahoo, Safari, or your cell phone activity and so on, your data is being collected. Try typing your name online and you might be surprised, maybe even horrified, at what you’ll find.
Google believes knowing more about your account activity can help you to take steps to protect your Google Account. Your report could reveal sign-ins from countries where you haven’t been, or devices you don’t own. The solution, in these instances, is to change your password immediately and apply for an extra level of security provided by 2-step verification.
You could give Account Activity a try and see how you like it and provide feedback to Google. Given the situations outline by Google product manager Andreas Tuerk I’m certainly going to try it out.
Click on Google to see a sample of the easy to read report and get more information.