On Monday, Google added a new password feature to its ‘Web and Activity’ page, which shows all your activity from across Google services, including your searches, YouTube watch history, and Google assistant queries.
Starting today, without the verification code you put up, anyone who picks up a device you’re logged into cannot see your activity. This will allow for a more private and secure browsing experience. For those who share a computer, or who sometimes let others who aren’t exactly trustworthy use their device, this could be a very useful toggle.
Furthermore, the ‘My Activity’ page also saves what apps you’ve used on a given day or what places you’ve checked on Maps. Because all of this data is private and sensitive, Google just added an extra layer of security to make sure only you can access it.
According to Google, “if you turn on extra verification Google will make sure it’s really you before you can see or delete your full history on My Activity. This can help keep your history safer on shared devices. This setting only applies to My Activity. Your history may still appear in other Google products.”
To activate this verification, you can go to activity.google.com, and click the Manage My Activity verification link. From there, you can select the Require Extra Verification option, save, and enter your password to confirm that you’re the one trying to make the change.