Google knows that privacy is a big concern, especially when it comes to voice assistants and smart speakers. To that end, the company has implemented a revamped Security Center, a place to access all of your privacy settings. It also announced a few privacy-focused features, like a Guest mode for Google Assistant, which acts a lot like Incognito mode for browsers.
While guest mode may seem like something to visitors to your home, that’s not the point at all. When you turn on Guest mode in the Google Assistant, it doesn’t offer personalized suggestions or save your history to your Google account. You get a temporary period with no history.
Enabling guest mode is also simple. Just say “Ok Google, turn on guest mode.” When you’re ready for personalized results again, tell them to turn off guest mode. You’ll be able to access Guest Mode on smartphones and Nest Hub devices.
Google also offers other new security features, such as cross-app notifications. Have you ever logged into Gmail and received a suspicious previous login notification? He probably told you about a recent connection that seemed to come from an unusual place.
This is a useful feature, but not if you don’t sign in to the specific service that saw the problem. Starting soon, you won’t need to be in Gmail anymore to see this alert. You can be in any Google app and it will notify you of a suspicious warning.
And if you find the security settings hard to find, Google’s latest change will help, too. You can now search for phrases like “Is my Google Account secure?” to find a summary of your security settings and make changes.
These are small but welcome steps to put you in control of your security and privacy when it comes to Google Accounts. Good product.