Signing in and out

Signing in to your Google Account is simple – just click on the Sign in button at the top right-hand corner of any Google service to check your Gmail, upload a video to YouTube or just to get more relevant search results.

But when using public computers like in a cybercafe or library, remember that you may still be signed in to any services that you've been using even after you close the browser. So when using a public computer, make sure that you sign out by clicking your account photo or email address at the top right-hand corner and selecting Sign out.

If you use public computers often, use 2-step verification to help keep your account safe, and be extra careful to sign out of your accounts and shut down your browser when you have finished using the web.

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Google Accounts

Make your Google Account even more secure

You can add an extra layer of security to your Google Account by enabling 2-step verification. If you have 2-step verification turned on, Google will send a passcode to your mobile phone when someone tries to sign in to your account from an unfamiliar computer. This means that if someone steals or guesses your password, the potential attacker still can’t sign in to your account because they don’t have your phone. Now you can protect yourself with something that you know (your password) and something that you have (your phone).

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Access your settings by clicking your name or picture in the right-hand corner then clicking Account.

At the top, click Security. In the Password box, click Setup next to “2-Step verification”.

You will then see a step-by-step guide which will help you through the setup process.

You’ll then be taken back to 2-step verification settings. Review your settings and add backup phone numbers.

You’ve finished! Next time you sign in, you’ll receive an SMS with a verification code.

Chrome

Browse the web in private

You can use Incognito Mode in the Chrome browser on your computer, tablet or phone to browse the web privately. In Incognito Mode, the pages that you visit and files that you download aren’t recorded in Chrome’s browsing or download history.

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Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar → Click New Incognito Window.

A new window will open with the incognito icon in the corner. To exit, simply close the window.

Google Accounts

Your Google Account, your way

On your Account settings page, you can see services and information associated with your Google Account and change your security and privacy settings.

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Access settings by clicking your name or picture in the right corner, then clicking Account.

Google Accounts

Get an alert if your name appears on the web

Me on the Web can help you understand and manage what people see when they search for you on Google. It helps you set up Google Alerts so that you can monitor if information about you appears online, and it automatically suggests some search terms that you may want to keep an eye on.

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Sign in to your Google Account and navigate to the “Me on the Web” section.

Click Manage my Web Alerts, and then click the red button to create an alert.

Your name will show up in the text field. Click the text field to view more suggested alerts.

Click Add to add an alert. Click the pencil icon to make edits and the bin icon to delete.

In the “How often” drop-down, choose the frequency of alerts.

Google Accounts

Manage the data stored in your Google Account

Google Dashboard shows you what's stored in your Google Account and provides an overview of some of your recent account activity. From one central location, you can easily view your data and activity and access your settings for services such as Blogger, Calendar, Docs, Google+ and more.

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Visit Dashboard to see a summary of the data associated with your Google Account and manage your personal settings.

From here, see and manage data stored in your Google Account.

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