This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) every year, and in conjunction with this, Google has announced a new security measure.
From now on, you will be alerted through the Google app you are using if there is a serious security issue with your Google account.
Google already uses Android Alerts to issue serious security warnings, such as suspected hacking, and since the feature was introduced in 2015, the company claims that the number of people who take action within an hour of receiving an alert has increased 20 times more than those who receive an email alert.
The new Google app alerts are likely to be more recognizable than ever before, as the alerts will be displayed if you are using the Google app, not just in email or on your smartphone. They also have the added benefit of being difficult to spoof, unlike email.
The feature will begin rolling out to some users in the coming weeks and will be widely available in early 2021.
Two other privacy-related features were also announced: the first is a guest mode for Google Assistant.
Google Assistant keeps track of the voice commands it receives tied to a Google account, but sometimes you don't want it to be recorded, depending on the content. In such cases, if you enable guest mode for an easy voice command, it will no longer be recorded tied to your account.
In short, the feature is the equivalent of secret mode in the browser. Guest mode will be available in the coming weeks.
The other is the ability to edit your location history; your Google account will automatically record the places you've visited if you have location history enabled, so you can see them later, but soon you'll be able to edit or add locations with a few taps.
These features, when introduced, won't directly solve the security problem, but it may be a way to make users aware of it.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.