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Google Dashboard Allows You To See All Your Google Account Information

November 5, 2009
Jay

As massive companies like Amazon continue to expand, more small and mid-sized businesses are trying their hand at ecommerce and otherwise working to increase their digital presence. A number of different online tools come into play here, from social media networks to hosting sites. You likely utilize at least Gmail or another common Google service to manage your companies’ many workings. 
If you use Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs, Picasa, Google Reader, or any of the many products Google provides, you can view all your information in one place. How? By logging into your Google Dashboard with your Google account login, you will see a summary of all of your accounts with Google. It’s pretty interesting to see how many Google applications you may have and not even realize! Of course, Google Dashboard is secure, and you can manage settings for all of your accounts in this area as well.

What Is Google Dashboard?

Let’s back up for a minute. What is Google Dashboard, and why should you care about it? 
In short, Google Dashboard is an internet program that shows you an easy-to-read summary of all of the data Google collects on you. The main purpose of this program is to amalgamate that data so you can manage it, as well as manage all of your Google service accounts in one location. That means you’ll see data on your Gmail inbox, for example, or the number of contacts synced up with your Google Contacts.  
Here are just some of the many services you might see on your Dashboard:

  • Gmail
  • Drive
  • YouTube
  • Blogger
  • Books
  • Calendar
  • Chrome
  • Contacts
  • Photos
  • Tasks

While your Dashboard provides an easy way to access all of your accounts from one place, it’s also useful for looking back at your search history and other activity. Depending on your settings, you’ll be able to see your previous Google searches, YouTube watch history, and even previous location history. And if, for some reason, you would like to download all of that data, Google Dashboard has a handy link for that right at the top of the page. 

How to Open Google Dashboard

We know not everyone has as much experience navigating the internet as we do, so let’s break down exactly how you open and use your Google Dashboard. 

  • Sign into your Google account using your username and password
  • In the top right corner of your browser, click your profile image and select “Google Account”
  • On the left side of the page, select “Data & personalization”
  • Scroll down and click “Go to Google Dashboard”

Once you’re logged in, you can access all of the data associated with your Google account, downloading, deleting, and restricting as you see fit. 

Privacy Concerns

Google, like most large companies that handle personal data, has and is still facing privacy concerns. People wonder what kind of data these search engines are collecting, and just how long that data will stick around. Take a look at your current Google Dashboard. If you weren’t already aware of it, you might be shocked at just how much information on your online activities is compiled here. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—in fact, you may find it quite helpful to be able to look back on some of your data. But in other cases, you might not want certain data available. 
As businesses take their dealings online, privacy is of increasing importance. Luckily, you can customize the data that all of these services have access to by changing your privacy settings. Your Dashboard conveniently offers links to each service that will allow you to strengthen your privacy settings. Google also lists additional ways to control your data at the bottom of your Dashboard.
It may be summer now, but the sentiment remains: take some time to look through your Google Dashboard and identify any services you no longer use. It’s never a bad idea to tidy up your internet presence. If you come across a service that you have no use for, consider disconnecting your account and making sure that your valuable personal data is no longer floating around out there. 

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