You’ll need to guard your privacy online, otherwise you may find your details are passed around like a parcel at a party and all kinds of people are privy to your personal information
. Fortunately, Google has a comprehensive section in place where you can review and manage all your profile and privacy settings across the entire range of Google products. You can access this from your Accounts screen by clicking on the ‘Profile and privacy’ link in the left-hand column and, once in, scroll down and review and change your settings. These settings include how much of your personal information is on public display, who you share content with online, and much more besides. If you want to learn more about the various privacy settings for the Google products then you can scroll down to the bottom of the main ‘Profile and privacy’ page and choose to visit the Privacy Centre, where everything will be explained to help you understand and manage your settings more effectively.
How to manage and change your settings
1: Profile and privacy page
From your main Accounts screen
, under the ‘Security’ section in the left-hand column you will see a link called ‘Profile and privacy’. Click on this to be taken through to a screen that allows you to manage your privacy settings across all of your Google services.
2: Edit profile info
Under Google Profiles is the option to ‘Edit visibility on profile’. Click on this and a floating window will appear in which you can cycle through the options listed along the top and edit details of your work, education, places, contact info etc, as well as who is privy to this information.
3: Manage your circles
Circles are groups of people with whom you share content. The names of your circles and who you add to them are visible only to you, but you can set whether the list of the people in them is visible in your public profile. Click ‘Manage circles’ and organise your contacts accordingly.
4: Google+ settings
If you use Google+ regularly, it is worth clicking on the ‘Google+’ link in the left column and reviewing your settings. For example, by default the option to allow your circles to be able to download your photos is ticked, so you may wish to address this and various other privacy settings here.