How to protect your Google Profile by controlling what others see

    Here are a few simple steps to keep some of your personal information private or restricted to people you want to share it with.

    By Vigneshravi

    In today's day and age of information being valued above all other aspects, enough emphasis cannot be made on protecting one's personal data and information to make sure it is not misused. Protecting one's information is getting more and more complicated day by day as most of our information is online.

    How to protect your Google Profile through some simple tweaks


    And while the information is out there for anyone with the right skills to hack into, all is not lost with a few simple steps. Especially by being careful while updating information we can avoid any unpleasant experiences.

    Besides, as many people use Google services like Gmail, Google Drive, Photos, Google+ among other services from Google. While this is the case, using Google's services means that people will likely have an existing Google account.

    And their Google accounts further contain their personal details like Name, Date of Birth, Contact details, Places where they live or work and even where they used to.

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    Now, if you, on the other hand, do not wish to have all this information visible and available to people whom you do not wish to share, you can actually keep them private. Here are a few simple steps to keep some of your personal information private or restricted to people you want to share it with.

    We can walk you through ways on how you can control what you make visible and hide from people to view. Let's get started.

    Google Account

    Once you log-in to your Google account you can find an icon which near the notification icon, clicking it will result in a drop down of services offered. Among these you will also find an icon resembling a shield and reads My Account, click on the icon.

    Personal Information and Privacy

    After updating your details and selecting your desired settings you can also run a Privacy Checkup which is a feature available from Google and you can also complete the checklist.

    As you proceed with updating the information you will also come across an option which asks you whom you would like to share the details with, Public, Private, Your Circles, Extended Circles and Custom.

    Sharing Options

    Sharing Options

    As the names suggest enabling Public sharing will share your selected information publically to everyone. Private sharing will ensure your information is not made available to anyone, similarly sharing it with your Circles will ensure that your details are visible to only people in your circle on your google account. The extended Circle will make your information available to your circle as well as their circles.

    Custom, as the name suggests, is a sharing option which allows you a greater degree of customizing your sharing option allowing you to select individual people and even certain groups or certain circles, be it family, friends, acquaintances or any others with whom you want to share your information.


    Privacy Checkup

    Now that the most important aspect of your Personal details is set to your preference. And after running a successful Privacy Checkup you can move on to other aspects like Account Preferences.

    Account Preferences

    Account preferences, has a few more options to customize your Google Profile and here you can select your language. But you should note changing langue settings here will change your language settings across all your Google apps and functions.

    Further, you can even set the accessibility of your Google Profile, even access your Google Drive storage and make changes to its settings as well. If you do not wish to continue with your Google Profile or account then you can even delete your account from an option provided here.

    Sign-in and Security

    The Sign-in and security option covers a wide range of sign-in and security aspects and shows you where all you have access you Google accounts from and when. Furthermore, it also shows you devices on which you are logged into and recognizes your devices as well and has options to find your devices too.

    Security Checkup

    There is also a Security Checkup available and with a few simple steps you can complete it and ensure better security and safety.


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