How to Password Protect Google Search History
Google search engine probably knows more about what goes on in our minds than our loved ones. We are so used to Googling whatever comes into our minds that we often forget that our search activity is being stored. Many of us wouldn’t want our search history being viewed by our friends or family. You can always go and delete it, but there are other ways to protect your privacy. In this tutorial, I will show you how to password protect Google search history in Windows 10 Computers.
No matter what device you use, you can view and manage your activity if you are logged into your Google account. Google has a Manage My Activity Verification feature that ensures that your privacy has an extra layer of security. However, by default, this feature is turned Off. Since this feature is Off, it makes it very easy for anyone to view your online activity.
Password Protect Google Search History
Step-1: Open Google Chrome and sign in to your Google Account.
Step-2: On the top right corner, you will see your profile picture icon. Click on it. [If you are on the homepage like in the image below, you will see two profile icons. You can click on either of these.]
Step-3: Select Manage your Google Account.
Step-4: Another tab will open up. In this new tab, on the left side, you will see various options. Select Data & Personalization.
Step-5: When the settings open, scroll down till you see the Activity and Timeline section. Select My Activity.
Step-6: On the top left corner, select Bundle view.
Step-7: Select Manage My Activity Verification.
Step-8: A dialogue box will appear, giving you two options. Select Require extra verification. Then click Save.
Step-9: Now, Google will try and verify if it is really you and ask you to Enter your password.
Step-10: Once you have entered your password, the new changes will be applied. Close all your Google tabs and open Chrome again.
Step-11: Go to History, and on the bottom left corner, you will see the following option. Click on it.
Step-12: Scroll down and click Verify.
Step-13: Enter your password, and you will then be able to see your search history related to Maps, Google Assistant Queries, YouTube watch history, and other app activities.
After following these steps, your search history will be password protected.
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