13
Jun
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Google has quietly rolled out two new features in account settings that give you a quick overview of everything going on with your account security. The security dashboard shows all your important security settings, and the recent activity page tracks account sign-in history. These features could potentially help users track down suspicious behavior in a snap.

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The security dashboard tells you how long ago you changed your password, what your account recovery options are, how you receive notifications, 2-step verification status, and lists your connected apps. Each of these sections has a link to update or change the setting, and another to find related information.

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The sign-in tracker is a little bit like the Gmail feature we've had forever, but this is for the Google account itself. It shows all the log-in dates and approximate locations (based on IP address). Mine looks a bit odd... there might still be some bugs to work out. If something looks fishy, Google provides a link to change your password right there.

Good stuff all around. If nothing else, you can sleep a little easier now.

[Google Security Dashboard, Google Sign-In Activity via Google Operating System]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Sean Thomas

    nice! They should "quietly roll out" some find my phone features in this interface too.

    • redthunda69

      I hope this is the start of a new cloud-security interface for Android.

    • Michael Pahl

      Google should purchase Cerberus

  • philnolan3d

    If only they would allow us to merge accounts so that I didn't have to check this on three different accounts.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Hope this helps me with the issues I've been having with Google in recent weeks.

    1. Google keeps signing me out of all of its services every 15-20 minutes. Google search tells me I might be signed in from a different device/browser which is causing this issue. (which it shouldn't.). I don't any other browser. I switched off my iPad. Switched off my Nexus. Yet this keeps happening.

    2. There are multiple entries for same app/sites in "authorized apps" section. https://accounts.google.com/b/0/IssuedAuthSubTokens?hl=en . It's a mess.

    Yep, that did fix the problem. De-authorized every single app. Now I'm good.

  • Mathieu Reid

    Anyone else having issues verifying there phone number ?

    • Dani

      their?

  • Marlakey

    They also removed the 25GB option from GDrive. And they gave me 50GB now. Anyone else get this too?

    • Arnoud

      Yep.

  • Dani

    What does PSA mean?

    • Peter Gabriel

      Public Service Announcement

      • Dani

        Thanks!

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