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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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.