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Google’s new “About Me” page gives you an easy way to control your privacy

Google has launched a new “About Me” section to help you control your privacy settings easily, and there’s no learning curve.

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Google simplifies its privacy settings for you

Have you ever taken a minute to ponder exactly how many sites have your personal information stored (in varying degrees of accuracy and maturity, to boot)? If you’re one of the three people on the internet who hasn’t, just play along. You’ll thank me later.

Google, as we all know, is maintaining its presence as an internet superpower with ease. Periodic updates and subtle tweaks, especially as of late, have led to about as much growth and success in the online world as you’d expect, and for good reason: Google clearly strives for simplicity, accessibility, and connectivity throughout all of its services. Because of these traits, it should come as no surprise that Google added a comprehensive, fill-in-the-blanks page to update all of your information across the board.

Head over to Google’s new About Me page

If you were in the middle of a panic attack inspired by usernames and passwords, perhaps you’ll want to check out Google’s brand new About Me page before you reach for the paper bag.

This recent addition to the Google+ page affords you the option of altering any and all of your account information, from your screen name to your personal contact information, with the click of a button. Changing your preferred name? Click. Uploading a new profile picture? Click. Want the world to know that you relocated to Iceland to breed alpacas? Weird, but okay—click, and consider it done. The best part of all? You only have to enter your information once for it to apply to every Google service ever.

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Yeah, that’s right. No more signing in and out of YouTube or Gmail on accident because you have the wrong username, or meticulously going through Drive, Photos, and Google+ one at a time to alter your personal information.

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Once again, Google is setting the standard for site functionality and streamlined operation. With just how easy this whole process is now, I’d be incredibly surprised if other sites didn’t start following suit.

What a time to be alive

Of course, if your information is public, you’ll want to moderate how much people can see. Make sure you do a privacy scan as well as double-checking any information you have for its sensitivity before you finalize any profile changes.

And, as always, all hail the mighty Google.

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Jack Lloyd has a BA in Creative Writing from Forest Grove's Pacific University; he spends his writing days using his degree to pursue semicolons, freelance writing and editing, oxford commas, and enough coffee to kill a bear. His infatuation with rain is matched only by his dry sense of humor.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Ryan

    November 27, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Im glad google is doing stuff like this. Facecrack and most other websites should follow suit.

  2. Steve Williamson

    December 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    One thing is for certain and that your privacy settings should not be ignored. Great article!

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