Look, I don’t want to waste your time here. There are more important things going on in the world. But if you use any of Google’s G Suite products, you’ll be glad you read this.
You know how every time you want to create a new Google doc or spreadsheet, you have to go into Google Drive, and then click New, and then click on what kind of file you need, and the whole time you’re just thinking about all the other, better things you could be doing with the six seconds it takes to click those clicks? Good news: You don’t have to do that anymore. Instead, just type in doc.new, or sheet.new, or slide.new, or form.new. And behold! A new file will unfold before you.
Google just updated Google Search to make it easier for you to review and edit what search data Google stores. The Google Search page now features a link below the search bar that will take you directly to a new data privacy hub that let’s you scroll through and delete parts of whole swaths of your search history. It also gives you easy access to “Google-wide” controls, such as tracking activity on Google’s sites and ad personalization.
Just to be clear, these are all controls that we could already access through Google’s account settings menu. The amount of data the company is collecting and our ability to influence it has not changed. However, for people who are newly concerned about data privacy, or simply like to delete our search history frequently, this feature makes the process quicker to perform and easier to understand.
The new security link is currently available on the web and mobile versions of the Google Search page, but in a post on its Keyword blog, Google said it planned to add similar links to the Google app on iOS and Android in “the coming weeks,” and to other apps, starting with Google Maps, in 2019.
Data privacy is on everyone’s minds. While it is not a huge advance in terms of our level of control, making it easy and obvious that protecting your data can and should be a habit is a small step in the right direction.
It has been a very long time since I last posted. The last time was just after my move and I was talking about the new home network. Well, I will keep with my promise and get some more pictures and information about my network. In the meantime, I would like to get my site updated and more content to the public. Time to help my little part of the world and make a difference.