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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Google rolling Account Activity an insight for usages of all Google services

Google introduces new feature called  'Account Activity', which mean to show users how they uses different Google services. The Account Activity, which will be the part of Google dashboard creates monthly report for all the activity like sing-ins (location, browser, platform), place visited (on Google Latitude), email sent and receive, Google searches etc. The report will be generated for the users who will opt to sign up for this feature. 

The new Account Activity is insight for all the services of Google you use. Considering the sing-in locations and the browser and platform you uses to sign in. Interesting feature is the reports  for the usages of Gmail. Like comparison of email sent and received and the top contact with the previous month. The report of the numbers of the queries made via Google search and the top queries also includes the way which you use the Google to surf the web.

Andreas Tuerk, product manager of Google, explains in the post how it is helpful to know the insight for all Google services as an report. He says-
[M]y most recent Account Activity report told me that I sent 5 percent more email than the previous month and received 3 percent more. An Italian hotel was my top Gmail contact for the month. I conducted 12 percent more Google searches than in the previous month, and my top queries reflected the vacation I was planning: [rome] and [hotel].
He also admitted how this can helps us determine the suspicious activity that other may be have been using our account with the analysis of the report.
Knowing more about your own account activity also can help you take steps to protect your Google Account. For example, if you notice sign-ins from countries where you haven’t been or devices you’ve never owned, you can change your password immediately and sign up for the extra level of security provided by 2-step verification.

This move is perhaps the Google's decision of unification of it privacy policy way back which causes alot of concern over the privacy issues. How the insight might give the user how they are doing with Google but still some issue need to tackle out.

Want to sign in for the new Account Activity check out here. It wouldn't be bad to have it.

Source : Google Blog


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