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Google will now send users spoof-resistant alerts for Gmail account hacking, security issues

India Today Tech     October 8, 2020

Google has released a couple of security features for Google account holders. The search giant will be rolling out new ways to notify people about critical issues with their Google Accounts such as a possible attack by scammers. In 2015, Google started alerting users via mail if their Google account was accessed by unverified sources or when someone tried to log in.

Talking about the new alert features, Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, Vice President of Product, Privacy, "We'll be introducing a redesigned critical alert and a new way of delivering it. When we detect a serious Google Account security issue, we'll automatically display an alert within the Google app you're using and help you address itóno need to check email or your phone's alerts. The new alerts are resistant to spoofing, so you can always be sure they're coming from us. We'll begin a limited roll out in the coming weeks and plan to expand more broadly early next year."

Google will also make it easy for users to edit their Location History data in Timeline by adding or editing places that they have visited with just a few taps. The search giant will also display your personal security and privacy settings when you ask questions like "Is my Google Account secure?". Basically, if you search about the security of your Google account, Google will display your privacy settings in the search results so you can modify as per your convenience,

Apart from this, Google will also roll out a Guest Mode for Google Assistant, which is basically an incognito mode. If you turn on the Guest Mode, none of your interactions with Assistant will be stored in your account.

"There are times you may not want your Assistant interactions saved to your Google Account. That's why in the coming weeks, we'll be introducing Guest modeóa new way to use your Google Assistant on home devices. With an easy voice command, you can turn on Guest mode, and your Assistant interactions while in this mode won't be saved to your account. You can turn off Guest mode at any time to get the full, personalized Google Assistant experience again. In addition, you always have the ability to go back and delete what you said to the Assistant just using your voice, and we've added even more answers to common questions about security and privacy that the Assistant will answer instantly. In fact, we answer more than 3 million privacy and security questions per month, globally," Chowdhury said in the blog.

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