The Internet has become the backbone of the modern community and it is rapidly spreading its roots to the remotest corners of the world. Almost every user connected to The Internet know Google, the search engine giant that serves over 3 billion requests a day and holds the monopoly in the trade. However, Google is much more than just a search engine giant. Google Inc. offers more services than any single Internet-based organisation in the world.
Gmail, YouTube, Chrome, Drive are just to name a few of these service. Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the market and is developed and supported by Google. Apart from these, Google offers many products that help you keep track of your data, improve your search results. Most of the users might not be aware of some of the most useful Google tools that are hidden deep inside the Google’s My Account dashboard.
In this page, we’ve compiled a list of important Google URLs that holds the key to your Internet usage pattern, passwords and location¬†history as well. These results would be accurate if you’ve signed in to your Google account all the way but with smartphones in our hand, almost everyone does that, right? So, let’s see what Google knows about you.
1. Google Dashboard
Google Dashboard offers you with all your personal data linked to Google account at one place. It provides transparency and control over all your online data linked to your accounts. You can view and manage all the data linked to several Google services like Google Search, Gmail, Chrome, YouTube etc… Head on to your¬†Google Dashboard from the link below:
2. Google¬†Smart Lock
Google stores a list of usernames and passwords that you’ve logged in using Google Chrome or Android device. If you distinctly remember, Google Chrome asks you to store the credentials whenever you log in to a website. Google Smart Lock¬†will store all your passwords at one place and are available across all your devices. Honestly, I am not a fan of storing passwords online and neither would I recommend anyone to store credentials online on the grounds of Privacy.
However, some of you might have the habit of storing passwords in Chrome or accidentally click that tiny “save password”¬†button which pops up every now and then. You can see and manage all your passwords from the below URL.
3. Google Ads Settings
Google Ads is¬†one of the major sources of income and Google tries to deliver appropriate ads to its users. Google creates a profile of yourself based on your search results, Google+ account, and other Google services. Using this consolidated data, Google estimates your age, gender, interests and then serve you better ads to you. If you want to know what Google knows about you, click the below link.
This is where you can get the exact list of your web and app activity made using Google and its band of services. You can also track which device you’ve used that are connected to Google, apps used and the whole shebang. You can also check out your voice & audio activity, device information, YouTube search and subscription history all at one place.
You can choose what data gets stored, delete searches or completely turn off the storing of your data from the settings menu.¬†Click the below link to take control of your data and change the settings from the top right corner of the page if you wish to change something.
5. Google Take Out
Google lets you export all your data out of Google and creates a single downloadable archive file. It contains all your data from various Google service you’ve used such as Google Photos, Gmail, Contacts, YouTube videos and subscriptions, Drive files etc… If you ever want to download all your data and store it offline, then head over to the Google Takeout¬†page from the below URL.
6. Legal Help
If you ever found out that your content is appearing on any other website or blog that is using Google products such as Blogger, Adsense, Google+ or YouTube¬†‚Äď you can raise a DCMA complaint with Google against that site to get that content removed. You can also use the Google legal assistant to remove websites that are using your content from Google search results.
7. Location History
Your Android device or some other device connected to Google¬†may be reporting your location data back to the Google servers. Interestingly, Google also reports the velocity of your vehicle to the Google servers so that you get a much accurate ETA to your destinations with live traffic. To view your location history, you can head over to the Google Maps website to see your entire location history. If you need, you can export this data to KML file that can be viewed with Google Earth.
8. Signup without Gmail
Everyone knows how to create a Gmail account, all you need to do is to head over to the Gmail page and create an account with required details. But but what if you need a Google account but don’t want to take up a new Email address. You can create your new Google account by using your existing Gmail ID using the below URL.
9. App Permissions
Most of the users might not stress on the App permissions and other permissions used by web apps, Chrome extensions, Google scripts and mobile apps but you should be aware of what the apps are doing behind your back. You can have a look at what permissions the apps are using, you can check it from the Google’s Permissions page.¬†If the permission says “access to basic account info”, it basically means that it uses your Google account info to display your information.
You can also view a detailed list of permissions for all of your devices from the below link.
10. Account Activity
Account activity dashboard shows you a list of all sign-in activities to your Google account. It gives you the information of all the devices that has been active in the last 25 days. If you found some suspicious device that is currently using your account, you can remove account access from the Google Security dashboard. However, it isn’t possible to revoke account access for browser sessions.
Bonus Tip: For Inactive Google Users
If you don’t know, you need to login to your Google account at least once every nine months to prevent your account from getting locked. Inactive account manager lets you control what happens to your account if you haven’t logged in for a very¬†long time. You can set timeout periods and notification alerts to your mobile number or alternative Email. You can access the Inactive account manager from the below link.
That’s it guys! So, did you find these Google URLs useful? Let us know in the comments section below.