Every month the Account Activity Report will collect and summarize data across your account, like sent emails or top searches.
Google users can sign up for
its new Account Activity feature that sends them a link to a password-protected
report with insights into their signed-in use of Google services and summarizes
the data associated with each product they use when signed in to their accounts.
Google said the feature is
designed to offer users transparency and control, and also provides links to
change a users personal settings. Account Activity Reports show users what's
going on in their accounts each month: how much email they have sent and
received, whom they are emailing most often, how often they have searched on
Google, from which countries they have logged in and how often their YouTube
videos have been viewed.
The company noted that data
deletion at the data source, for example, in users Web history, will have no impact
on issued reports. However, reports can be deleted at any time, the company
noted in a blog post.
Knowing more about your own
account activity also can help you take steps to protect your Google Account,
wrote Google product manager Andreas Tuerk. For example, if you notice
sign-ins from countries where you havent been or devices youve never owned,
you can change your password immediately and sign up for the extra level of
security provided by two-step verification.
The Account Activity Report
also tells users what browsers theyve used, authentication changes such as
alternate email addresses that have been added or removed, application-specific
passwords that have been added, and the number of connected sites, apps and services
that have been added. In the Google Latitude section, the feature offers
information on visited places, recent trips and a breakdown of how users spend
their time each week. Under the Web history section, Account Activity logs
information of searches, top queries and the breakdown of search types (such as
Web or images).
Illustrating how the feature
works, Tuerk wrote in the post that his most recent Account Activity report
told him that he sent 5 percent more email than in the previous month and
received 3 percent more.
An Italian hotel was my top
Gmail contact for the month. I conducted 12 percent more Google searches than
in the previous month, and my top queries reflected the vacation I was
planning: [rome] and [hotel], he said. Over the next few months, we plan to
incorporate more Google services. Meanwhile, we hope this feature helps you
better understand and manage your information on Google.