Google knows that privacy is a big issue, especially when it comes to voice assistants and smart speakers. To this end, the company introduced a modernized security center, a place for access to all your privacy settings. It also announced some privacy-focused features ̵1; like a guest assistant for Google Assistant, which works a bit like incognito mode for browsers.
While the guest mode may sound like something for visitors to your home, it’s not the point at all. When you enable guest mode in Google Assistant, it does not offer personal suggestions or record your history to your Google Account. You get a temporary period without history.
Activating guest mode is also easy, just say “Hello Google, enable guest mode.” When you are ready for personalized results again, ask it to turn off guest mode. You can access guest mode on smartphones and Nest Hub devices.
Google also has some other new security features for you, such as app notifications. Have you ever signed in to Gmail and received a suspicious previous login message? It probably told about a new login that seemed to come from somewhere unusual.
This is a good feature, but not if you happen to log in to the specific service that saw the problem. Starting soon, you do not need to be in Gmail to see that warning. You can be in any Google app and it will alert you to a suspicious alert.
And if it’s hard to find security settings, Google’s latest change will also help. 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 give you control over your security and privacy when it comes to Google Accounts. Good stuff.