- New security features introduced in Google apps
- Alerts show within all Google apps
- Location control lets you edit your location history
- Google Assistant gets anonymity functionality
Google recently introduced account security alerts within its apps. In an effort to boost security in our devices, Google adds several new features. These include revamped security alerts, improved control over locations, and anonymity for the assistant.
These new functionalities will be added to all Google apps. It will soon roll out to all the supported devices. The warnings in the updated security alerts are ‘highly visible’. And it will be resistant to deceptions. The feature will become available in a few weeks. It will reach most users by early 2021.
Google’s new safety features
Similar to iOS 14, Android users will also be able to hide their locations. The new update will add an option for manually editing one’s ‘Location History’ within the ‘Timeline.’ It will enav]ble users to add or edit places they’ve visited. This would also improve location accuracy for specific tasks.
We’re all fond of the Google Assistant. Google adds a Guest Mode feature to it. This will enable us to keep our commands separate from our Google account. So no need to worry about that embarrassing question or searching for something personal.
Although, it will keep our secrets safe even if the device or account is jeopardized. But one of the drawbacks is that personalized feedback won’t be available on Assistant. These security updates will enable us to quickly respond and limit any data being leaked to hackers.
These updates will be implemented to individual Google accounts. Google apps will directly alert users without bothering them to open a specific app. Also, these alerts are “resistant to spoofing” according to Google. These announcements are a part of its contribution to the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
Google’s Safety Assurance to Users
Google’s Safe Browsing System secures over 4 billion devices using chrome and other browsers. It also blocks about 100 million phishing attacks every day. Google Play protects Android devices against malware. The Play Store’s in-built antimalware system scans some 100 billion apps each day.
In its blog, Google said, “Privacy and security have been core to everything we do since our earliest days as a company. Our teams work every day to make Google products safe no matter what you’re doing—browsing the web, managing your inbox, or seeing family on Google Meet.”
The newsletter adds that Google continues to work on building technologies that can be used to further protect your privacy across all of our products.