Google announced a new feature called Account Activity that gives users a full report with insights on their signed-in use of Google’s services.
Account Activity is an opt-in service. Once you choose to use it, Google will generate a report on your activity and send it to your email. It’s a cool way to track your usage of Google products–like how many emails you send and receive, your top searches, and more.
Andreas Tuerk, a product manager for the company, gave examples of how he used Account Activity on the Google Blog:
“For example, my most recent Account Activity report told me that I sent 5 percent more email than 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].”
For better or worse, Google has began a strategy that merges all of its services together (most recently including the new Google Play hub). Since Google is so ubiquitous on the web, Account Activity could be a fun and Interesting way to keep analytics on your surfing behavior and app usage.
And Tuerk also said this knowledge could be helpful in keeping your account safe.
“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.”