Use Google's new panel in security settings to keep your account safe

The settings aren't new, but the wizard-like presentation is a new addition. It walks you through five important security settings for your Google account.

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Just how secure is your Google account? For example, have you set up two-step verification? Do you know which apps you've allowed to access your account? Is your recovery information up to date in case you get locked out of your account? These questions are important for any Google user; even more so should Google reside at the center of your digital universe.

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Thankfully, Google has just made it easier to check five critical security settings so you can be sure your account is secure. Head to the security settings page for your account and you'll see that a new panel has been added, titled "Secure your Account." Click the blue "Get started" button and you'll be walked through these five settings:

  1. Recovery information
  2. Recent activity
  3. Account permissions
  4. App passwords
  5. Two-Step Verification

The settings themselves aren't new additions to Google's security offerings. What is new is the wizard that walks you through each of the above settings. You can update and edit each setting, and the wizard then collapses it and moves you to the next. Given the clear and simple presentation, I'd wager this new security panel has encouraged many Google users to update their accounts, making them more secure.

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(Via the Google Operating System blog)