New Google Account Activity shows detailed stats on your Web use

In a bid to increase transparency and regain trust from Google users, Google introduced today "Account Activity." Account Activity is a monthly report that'll let users see useful statistics on how they spend their time on Google's services — all neatly complied in an easy to digest form.

What kinds of insightful data can you expect to see? Things like where you signed in, what types of platforms you use, the number of emails you send and receive, how many searches you make and such will all be included in the report.

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It might seem like data only a statistician would care for, but it's not.

Knowing more about your own account activity also can help you take steps to protect your Google Account. For example, if you notice sign-ins from countries where you haven't been or devices you've never owned, you can change your password immediately and sign up for the extra level of security provided by 2-step verification

The security feature is similar to Facebook's "Active Sessions" feature built into its Privacy settings that lets users see if unauthorized devices are logged into their accounts.

Google's Account Activity is like that, but on steroids. It's like a command center for tracking all of your Google services activity. If you find yourself spending way too much time replying to emails or reading DVICE, you might want to book yourself a vacation for some serious R&R.

You can sign up for your monthly Account Activity report here.

Google Blog, via Physorg

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