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Android Device Manager, all you need to know
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Tip 16/21: Android Device Manager: Locate, Lock, Erase.
Yesterday we talked about how important securing your Google account is, and took measures to ensure your account isn't compromised. But what happens if your phone or tablet is stolen?

There are a few things you can do but first note as Google strongly recommends - “If you believe your device has been stolen, contact law enforcement. Don't attempt to retrieve the device yourself”.

Things you should you do if you can't find your device:

(In order for the following things to work - your device must be connected to the internet, and you need to enable your device's manager settings as described below).

Locate

If you can't find your phone don't panic right away, start by trying to locate it. Perhaps you just left it in the car or have it lying down somewhere at home on silent?

So the first thing you should do is try to understand where your device actually is. And this can be easily done by using the Locate Device command in the Android Device Manager website.

Head over to google.com/android/devicemanager (or download the app: http://bit.ly/1xSqF1M) select one of your devices and click on the locate device icon (top right corner).

This will generate a circle on top of Google Maps showing where your device is located within an approximate 25 meters radius.

Ring

If you recognize (based on the map location) that your device is at home or located nearby, you can click on the Ring button in order to activate a 5 minutes ring at full volume (even if your device is set to silent or vibrate).

But, if you're unfamiliar with the location of your device - think twice before doing this. Because if it has been stolen, and you activate the ring - you might actually be helping the theft by letting him know that you're onto him.

If that’s the case, you should consider one of the following options.

Lock

If you think your phone has been stolen, locking the device is probably the first thing you should do since this will help prevent your personal data from being compromised.

When you click on the Lock icon in the device manager what happen is that your device's lock screen is replaced with a new password that you set via the device manager website or app.

After you enable the lock option, the only way to open your device is by inserting the correct password into the lock screen.

Erase

If you're certain your device cannot be retrieved, and you want to delete all the data on your device - click on the Erase icon.

This will perform a factory reset on your device and delete all your apps, photos, music, and settings.

Things you should do now, before it’s too late!

(1) In order for this to work, you have to first enable the device location manager on your device. Head over to the Google Settings, select Android Device Manager and enable both Remotely locate this device & Allow remote lock and erase.

(2) After activating the settings on your device you should ensure everything's working properly by heading over to google.com/android/devicemanager and making sure it appears on the list of devices and that it is transmiting it's location.

What happens if your device is offline or powered off?

► If your device is offline, Android Device Manager won't be able to ring, lock, or erase the device until there’s a mobile data or Wi-Fi connection. When you select any of the options, the action will be performed once the device is back online.

► Device Manager won't work for devices that are powered off.


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Tip 15/21: Secure your Google Account, now.
As we've seen throughout the series - Google has lot's of information about you. Don’t you think it’s a good idea to do everything you can to protect that data and keep it safe?

Your Photos are stored on #GooglePlus , Documents & Files on #GoogleDrive , Emails & Contacts on #Gmail , Schedule on #GoogleCalendar , Addresses on #GoogleMaps , Bookmarks & Passwords on #Chrome , Search History & Trends on #GoogleSearch ... You get the picture.

Surely, you don't want this information to fall into the wrong hands.

This tip is very important and I suggest taking it seriously. If you don't have time at the moment, bookmark it and come back to it later when you have time.

Things you can and should do right now to secure your account:

(1) Set a strong password.
Obvious, but at times not taken seriously enough.

► Bad Password: YourName123 (makes sense).
► Good Password: iWjl45q88-bp (makes no sense).

(2) Set up 2 step verification.
Boost your account's security by enabling 2 step verification. 

What is it & How does it work?

It’s a simple yet very powerful concept. Two step verification means that after you correctly submit your password, you reach a secondary screen which another code you're asked to enter.

The verification code is sent (for free) within 5 seconds to your phone, via sms or voice call. You then need to insert that 6 digits code into the password box in order to login to your account.

Why is this good?

Imagine someone is trying to hack into your account and managed to to get hold of your password, which you'll be surprised to hear - isn't that difficult (more at the end of the post).

If you've enabled two step verifications for your account, the evil hacker will have a slight problem after successfully typing in your password. He'll need to type in the 6 digits code as well, which he can only get if he managed to get hold of your phone as well.

And it gets even better! Once the guy tries to hack into your account with the password - your phone (which is hopefully in your pocket) will get a sms message with a 6 digits code! And if you weren't the one who requested the code, it means someone else did, which means someone is trying to hack into your account.

Doesn’t it become irritating to insert two codes each time?

Not at all! If you're logging in to your account from a private computer, you can check the “Trusted Computer” box which will then allow you to log in with your password alone - just as you did before.

What if you don't have your phone or don't have reception?
Good question, but there’s a simple answer for that as well.

Backup codes.
Google allows you to print backup codes which are meant exactly for these types of situations. Each backup code is 8 digits long and can be used only once before being deactivated. You can print up to 10 codes each time, and generate new ones at any stage.

Recovery phone.
If you set up a recovery phone for your account, you can ask Google to send the code to that phone instead.

Trusted computers.
If you're without your phone or recovery codes, you can access your account via a trusted computer (since that computer won't ask you for the verification code).

Note before advancing to the next stage

After you enable the two step verification for your account you’ll be logged out of your Google acount in on all of your devices, and will also be asked to insert an App specific code for apps connected to your Google acount (more about this here: bit. ly/1qh35XS). 

Ok got it. How do I enable 2 step verification for my account? 

Follow this simple tutorial by Google: bit. ly/1qh3o5e

*Google Apps users, in order for this to work for you and your colleagues, you need to enable this feature at the top domain level (ask if you have questions about this).

More things you should do right now.

(3) Review your connected apps.
Check which apps have permission to access your account and disconnect any apps that you're unfamiliar with: bit. ly/1mGAoWs

(4) Check your account activity dashboard.
If at anytime you have a feeling someone managed to hack into your account, log into your activity dashboard and search for suspicious behaviors:  bit. ly/1qh3BVXo

Bonus tips (as promised above)

It’s surprising how simple it is for someone with access to your computer, to find your hidden passwords.

Chrome Passwords to Text

If you've allowed Chrome to remember a password for a specific website (i.e. Gmail), your password can be easily revealed. I admit this is a bit geeky, but it's actually really simple to do.

Head over to Gmail (or any other website that saved your password) and once the password (black dots) appear in the password box, highlight the password,  right click it and select "Inspect Element". 

Then in the pop up window, change the highlighted input field from “password” to “text”, i.e. from <input type=”password”> to <input type=”text”>. This will immediately convert the dotted hidden password to text and reveal your password.

Chrome save passwords

An even more simple thing to do would be to insert “chrome://settings/passwords” into the URL address bar in Chrome.

This will open up a list which contains all the password you've ever saved to chrome, and a simple click on the blue “show” button will reveal the password for that specific site. You can even search for a website in the list. Yes, it’s that easy!

Why am I sharing this you ask?

To show you how simple it can be for someone with bad intentions to find your password, and to urge you to take action and set up the 2 step verification for your account.

I mean think about it.. If I know about these two things (which I just happened to stumbled across at labnol .org), what could people who know a thing or two about hacking do to find your password?


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The Google+ Partner Playbook: http://bit.ly/1fOm3oo

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The Google Plus Partner Playbook: http://bit.ly/1fOm3oo

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Wow, Featured by +Denis Labelle as his G+ user of the week!
Does it get any better than this?

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My Google+ User of the Week: +Daniel Futerman 
Author of "21 Awesome Google Tips"
. danielfuterman.com/21-awesome-google-tips-and-tricks
. 21 tips, one Google+ post: http://goo.gl/UI7Zuu
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Yep +Denis Labelle :) This page has gone through all kinds of changes since I originally launched it.. Started from sharing templates and then went on to sharing g+ tips.. 

But nowadays I'm so busy with the mix between work and the Google tips series that I simply don't have time to do much more than reshare my own posts here ;)

I hope that once I'm finished with the series I'll get back to posting new content here and also trying to figure out what the future holds for this page.
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All your Google Account Data in One Place.
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Tip 10/21: Google Dashboard, All Your Account Data in One Place.
By now you surely understand that Google has lot’s of information about you, but do you know how much 'a lot' actually is?

The Google Dashboard allocates all the data from your Google account and displays it in one central place, providing you with a bird’s eye view of all your activity across the Google products you use.

It’s a great place to learn more about how you've been using Google and control the settings of each one of the products you use.

Here’s what you'll find in the Google dashboard:

Account details (Name, email, connected apps)
Adsense (products, account type)
Alerts (see tip #6)
Analytics (number of profiles, account id)
Android (devices, backups)
Audio History (yes, Google keeps your voice searches too.)
Blogger (your blogs, blogs you follow)
Books (purchased, reviewed, browsing history)
Calendar (account activity, time zone, more)
Chrome Sync (bookmarks, passwords, extensions, settings)
Cloud Print (connected printers, jobs in que, printing history)
Contacts (number of contacts, most contacted)
Docs (number of docs, recently opened, edited, trashed)
Feedburner (number of feeds, brand domains)
Gmail (conversations , recent attachments, recent email)
Google Photos (albums, photos, face tags, public, unlisted)
Location History (see tip #8)
Play Music (songs, albums, recent activity)
Play Store (installed apps, recent apps)
Profile (name, url, email, birthday - links to Google+)
Search History (status, searches, top queries, search types)
SearchWiki (no idea.)
Sites (your Google sites, shared with you)
Talk (number of contacts)
Tasks (current and complete tasks)
Voice (history, voice mail, forwarding phone)
Wallet / Checkout (purchases, payment options)
Webmaster Tools (sites, sitemaps, recent activity, messages)
YouTube (views, searches, playlists, votes, search history)

Things you should note:

► You can opt in to receive monthly reminders to check your activity.

► The dashboard is per account which means if you have more than one Google account you'll have separate dashboards for each account.

► The dashboard changes based on whether or not you have a Google+ profile.

It’s all part of your the Data Tools:

The Google Dashboard is part of your Google “Data Tools”. Here’s a quick overview of things you can do there (click the Data Tools link in the top left to access).

► Access the dashboard.
► Download account data.
► Delete all account data (I wouldn't do this if I were you).
► Search for You on the web.

Overwhelmed by all of this data? How will you be using you Google dashboard from now on? Will you opt in to receive monthly reminders to check your activity?


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What's Trending, Right Now.
Learn how to use Google Trends to Power Up Your Business.

Discover, Analyze, Optimize - Tip 14/21: bit.ly/GoogleTip14

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What's Hot? Leverage the power of Google Trends

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Tip 14/21: Google Trends - Discover, Analyze and Optimize.
Remember how back in tip #1 we talked about people performing over 100 billion Google searches each month (bit.ly/GoogleTip1)? In today’s tip we’ll see how Google Trends collects all that search data, analyzes it, and presents it to us users in a beautiful and meaningful way.

Google Trends can be used in several different ways and for multiple things, so I divided this tip into three main sections - discover, analyze & optimize. Let’s get started.

(1) Discover

The first and most obvious use for Google trends is discovering trending topics. I like comparing this to an online newspaper where you go to read your daily news.

When you first arrive at google.com/trends you’re presented with tons of interesting information about things that are trending right now around the world, and this as well is divided into two main parts - trending now and top charts.

Trending Now - http://bit.ly/1pV5fRn

As the name implies, this sections presents real time data of currently trending topics that jumped significantly in search traffic. You can filter the results by country and by categories - all, business, politics, cities, entertainment, lifestyle, nature, science, shopping, fashion, sports, travel & leisure.

Top Charts - http://bit.ly/1pV5R9q

Top Charts highlights topics with high search volume during certain periods of time. These charts are also sorted by categories, but here they are sorted by topics as well - actors, books, business people, cars, games, movies, music, people, politics and a many others.

Google Zeitgeist - http://bit.ly/1pV62la

At each year’s end Google releases a video accompanied by data about the most searched topics of the year. “Zeitgeist” by the way, means “the spirit of the times”. You can view Google Zeitgeis as far back as 2004: http://bit.ly/1pV75BK

(2,3) Analyze & Optimize

The second use of Google Trends is for analyzing data. Whether you’re a blogger, salesperson, business owner or anything else involving reaching out to people, you should definitely use Google trends to analyze and understand what your audience & clients (or potential clients) and interested in - http://bit.ly/1pV7xQy

Bloggers - Best keywords & search terms for driving more traffic. 

Have a blog about Tennis? Insert “Tennis” into the search query and filter the result to “past 7 days”. Scroll down to the Related Searches and select Rising in the Queries tab. This will present top rising search queries for Tennis in the past 7 days.

You can then use that data to get ideas about blog posts you can write (i.e. Wimbledon, Federer), in order to help drive potential readers to your blog. This practice get’s even more powerful by combining Google’s keywords planner (http://bit.ly/1pV7RP8) together with Google trends.

Businesses - Analyze which products your business should sell.

Own a tennis equipment store? Insert “Tennis” into the search query, filter the Category Results to Shopping and set the time filter from 2004 to present. Then scroll down to the Queries tab and view the Top Queries. 

Once you get an idea of the top product categories, you can refine your search even further by clicking on a specific result (i.e Tennis Shoes) to find which products within that category are most commonly searched for. 

And once you know what the top products are - you can compare between multiple products (i.e. Nike Tennis Shoes vs. Adidas Tennis Shoes) to get a better understanding of what people are looking for. This get’s even better with the ability to filter results by country & region which is great for local businesses!

More - Analyze & compare phrases.

Running a tennis academy? Insert both Tennis Instructor & Tennis Coach to the search topics, then compare the two graphs to understand which of the two phrases has more search volume. When describing your business services on your website, use the more commonly searched phrases.

Applying it to your own needs 

The above examples demonstrate only a few ways of how you can use Google Trends to analyze data and use it to optimize your business for better results. You can apply the ideas above by replacing the example queries with queries relevant to you. 

Other awesome things you can do with Google Trends:

Subscribe to hot Trends

This is a new features which allows you to subscribe to trends and get a weekly summary of trending topics based on your interest. It's similar in a way to Google Alerts (tip #5 - bit.ly/GoogleTip5 ), but here you'll be getting weekly emails of top trends opposes to alerts on new search results on Google. 

Visualize trending topics in full screen

One of the coolest features on Google Trends :) Head over to this link bit.ly/1msWtpL then lean back and watch as Google presents the top search trends in a super minimalist but beautiful way.

Embed trending topics

You can easily embed hot trends charts or graphs from the explore section into your own website. Click on the embed icons, customize the code and copy it into your website. 

Bonus Tip 1 - YouTube Trends!

Did you know that also YouTube has a hot trends chart? It’s really cool and works in a very similar way to the Google search trends. You can filter results by country, city or category to watch videos that are trending at specific locations: http://bit.ly/1gKtX1h

Bonus Tip 2 - World Cup Trends!

In honor of the 2014 FIFA world cup, Google created a beautifully designed website featuring top trending world cup topics and statistics based on matches, teams and locations: http://bit.ly/1hOyCS2

By the way since we talked so much about Tennis in this tip, I’ve got to ask.. Did you watch the Wimbledon Men’s Final yesterday?! Wasn’t that amazing!

Familiar with other awesome Google Trends tips? Please share in the comments below!

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Everything you need to know about Google Calendar!

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Tip 13/21: Google Calendar - All In One.
Share calendars, manage events, join g+ hangouts, add national holidays, add tasks, access offline, set meeting across time zones, show weather, add maps, Google now integration….

Maintaining an organized calendar is extremely important for productivity, time management, organization and so much more. Google Calendar does the best job at syncing it all together and presenting it to you in the most logical way.

Sync multiple calendars into one account

Instead of having many calendars spread out between different accounts, platforms & locations - sync them all to one calendar. If you have more than one Google account, decide which you’d like to set as your default calendar and then set your other accounts to sync into the main one.

If you work at a company and want to share a calendar with your colleagues, you can do that as well. If you’d like to have a family calendar set up between all your family members, it’s easy to do. 

Setting it up

Google calendar allows you to easily share your own calendar with others, or add their calendar to yours. To share a calendar with others, navigate to the My calendars tab on the left hand side of the screen, click on the arrow and then "Share".

In the next screen you'll be able to share your calendar with specific people (via email), to the public, or to everyone in your organization (if you’re using Google apps for business).

To add someone else's calendar, you can either ask them to invite you, or sent them a share request. To send a share request head over to the Other calendars tab and click on Add a friend’s calendar.

Add public calendars

You can easily sync public calendar with your own. Head back to Other calenders and click on “browse interesting calendars”. You can find calendars for national Holidays, sporting events or teams, Sunrise and Sunset and much more. 

As an example - the calendars I have set up at the moment are: Personal, Work, Events, Holidays, Birthdays & World Cup 2104.

Creating new events (keyboard shortcut: 'c')

Creating new events is very simple and straightforward, but I’d like to highlight a few handy features:

► Select meeting time zone (will convert to your local time).
► Google syncs events with Google Maps & Google Now.
► Set email reminders or pop up notifications.
► Create a one time or recurring event.
► Invite guests to modify, invite others or see guest list.
► Add attachments (activate via the Labs, more below).
► “Find a time” allows you to sync between your calendar and a colleagues to find a free meeting spot.

Cool calendar settings (keyboard shortcut: 's')

► Dim past and future recurring events.
► Change calendar date range (2 days up to 4 weeks).
► Change time and date formats.
► Add different time zones.
► Display weather.

Google+ integration

► Add Google+ hangouts to any event by clicking on “add a video call”. Everyone you invited will be able to join via their calendar.
► Respond to Google+ event invitations via Google calendar.
► Get reminder for events & hangouts you've created or events you've been invited to by people in your circles.

Google Now integration

Google now syncs perfectly with your calendar and provides helpful cards such as “time to destination” and “event reminders” exactly when you need them.

Gmail Integration

If you receive an email which contains text with a date and time (i.e. “Tomorrow at 8 pm”), Gmail will underline that text and allow you to click on it and add it to your calendar.
 
Advanced search with filters (keyboard shortcut '/')

You can use search filters to find an event by clicking on the arrow next to the blue search icon. This will open up the advanced search window allowing you to search by location, people, dates or by specific calendars.

Creating Tasks

► Create tasks and organize them by lists.
► Set due dates for tasks.
► Sync tasks with other apps (any.do for example).

To be honest I don’t use calendar tasks anymore because the interface isn't that good and there are better task management applications on the market.

Enabling lab features

The "Labs" are where you find all the fun stuff and the features which aren't activated by default.

My personal favorite is “add attachments” to events. This is great if you know you’re going somewhere and need to have a specific file with you. Instead of taking the risk of forgetting it, you can attach it to the event the minute you create it.

Other cool lab features you can enable:

» Hide morning and night hours.
» Set Background image.
» Add World clock.
» Add Year view.

A few more general features worth mentioning:

» View your daily agenda.
» Add colors (work - blue, personal - green and so on).
» Set up offline calendar (great if you’re using a laptop).
» Quick Add “Brazil - Germany Tuesday 4 PM” (arrow next to create).

Do you use Google calendar for other things? Do you know about more awesome Calendar tips? Share them below!


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Create YouTube Playlists Now!

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Tip 11/21: YouTube Playlists, Mixes and More.
Over 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute (Yes, Minute)! With so much content, how are we suppose to find and arrange the things we like in a way that makes sense? 

The short answer is create playlists. The long answer is create playlists, but it depends if you're a viewer or content provider.

If You're a Viewer:

Playlists are the best way for you to organize and arrange the content you love in a meaningful and sensible way.

Watched a video and really enjoyed it? Don't let it disappear back into the YouTube sphere! Take a second and add it to a playlist.

The easy way to add videos to a playlist is by either liking the video which adds it to your “liked videos” playlist, or by hitting the clock icon to have it added to your “watch later” playlist.

But why not take this concept a step further? Instead of just adding all those videos to your “watch later” playlist, add them to a specific predefined playlist.

The Google+ Metaphor

Think about it like this - on Google+ you organize the people you follow by adding them to predefined circles right? And you don’t add everyone you follow to only one circle do you?

It's not entirely the same, but it's very similar. On YouTube you can organize the content you like by adding it to predefined playlists instead of just adding them all to one huge “watch later” playlist.

Ideas for playlists you can create:

► Music (my favorite - explained below).
► Work related.
► Just for fun.
► How to / Tutorials
► And more! Be creative ;)

Benefits of creating playlists:

► You can share playlists with the public.
► Easily access and find the content you love.
► Use as music playlists similar to Spotify or Rdio.

As an example - my wife has several music playlists set up and arranged by categories (favorites, new, uplifting and so on)!

If You're a Creator:

If you're running a YouTube channel your goal should be arranging those videos in a way that will make sense for your audience.

Ask yourself - “If I would have reached this channel for the first time, would it be easy for me to understand what's going on?” “Can people easily navigate through my channel and find the content they're looking for?”

Examples of playlists you can create:

► Weekly episodes (great for those who host weekly shows) 
► Music (arrange videos by albums, top songs)
► Hangouts on air (run HOA’s on Google+? Add them here)
► “Best of” (add your most popular videos)
► Recent uploads (automatically generated by YouTube)

Check out my YouTube channel as an example: youtube.com/amigotube

Playlist Options:

► Autoplay (plays videos without stopping in between)
► Shuffle (shuffles the videos in the playlist)
► Edit (add / remove songs, change playback order)

Default YouTube playlists:

► Watch later (videos added by clicking the clock icon)
► Liked videos (all videos you ever liked)
► Liked playlists (all playlists you ever liked)

Extra notes:

► You can set playlist to be public or private.
► You can share and embed playlists!
► You can search for playlists by typing a query into the search box and then filtering the results by “playlists” alone.

What are “YouTube Mixes”?

YouTube mixes are automatically generated playlists based on your search query. Since Coldplay is my favorite band, let’s use them as an example.

If you search YouTube for “Coldplay” you'll be presented with a “Coldplay YouTube Mix” right next to the video results (it looks like this: bit.ly/ColdplayMix).

YouTube mixes generally contain either songs from only the artist you searched for, or songs from the artist and similar songs from other bands (see this blog post for more: bit.ly/YouTubeMixes)

Bonus Tip - Share YouTube videos at exact time!

You know how sometime you want to share a YouTube video but the first 5 minutes are irelevant? What you'd usually say is something like “skip to minute 5:35 for the main point”.

But instead, why not share the video so it’s starts at exactly that time? It’s so simple!

Click the share link and the checkbox saying “Start at:” Specific Time. To change the starting point either scroll to that point in the video or insert the timecode manually, then copy the link and share!


How will you be using playlists from now on? What are some great examples of playlist you are using right now?


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Tip 9/21: Google Location History - Where You've Been & When.
Ever asked yourself where you've been last Tuesday but simply couldn't remember? Chances are that if you ask Google, you'll get the answer (and more).

Remember how we've talked about Google knowing everything you've ever search for and when? Well, that's not all. Google also knows almost everywhere you've been and when!

And if you think that a lot of data, wait till you see tomorrow's tip.

How does it work?

You know how you carry around your phone in your pocket all day? Or check your email at work? Or even just use your tablet to read the news on the train?

As long as you have an internet connection and are logged into your #Google account (using either Google Search, Google+ or Google Maps), you’re letting Google know where you are. And as long as Google knows where you are, they will store your location data for all kinds of things (considering you haven't disable the feature).

Why do they do it?

Apart from showing you where you've been and when (explained below), Google uses your location data for many other things:

Better search results based on your location.

Google Now:
» Traffic alerts ("25 minutes to home").
» Location based suggestions ("top attractions nearby").
» Weather reporting.
» Traveling (time, currency conversion, words you should know).

Better map suggestions:
If you search for a street name on Google maps it will suggest the closest option to your location.

And of course - Google Adsense:
If you're at home and search for Pizza - don't be surprised to see ads for Pizza places nearby ;)

Your History location Dashboard

The history location dashboard is where you'll find all the places you've been (considering you had location reporting enabled at the time). In the dashboard you can view:

► Location history for a specific date .
► Your last 30 days locations.
► The distances you've traveled.
► Playback animation of your traveled locations.
► Delete history from specific dates.
► Delete history from all time.

Your location dashboard: maps.google. com/locationhistory

Worried about privacy? You can I opt out.

Note that if you opt out of location history some of Google’s most handy features (such as the examples above) will be disabled.

Google location history is set per device (Android or iOS), meaning you need to turn it on or off for each device and each Google app that reports location. You can also opt out via the settings gear in the dashboard (click on the gear icon and then "Pause"). I've added links to various Google support pages on the blog post.

Gmail uses location history for a different reason.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the page in Gmail, you'll notice a small link (in the right corner) saying: "Last account activity: 6 minutes ago." If you click on "Details" a pop up window will appear with recent account activity based on IP address (location).

Google uses this data to spot unusual activity on your account and determine whether or not your account has been compromised. If Google spots suspicious activity they will prompt you with an email alert to take action.


Please let me know if I missed anything important!


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Sizes and Free Templates for the Google+ Cover photo and Profile Image.
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Google Plus For You, by Daniel Futerman

The new size of the Google+ cover photo is:
Smallest size: 480x270 pixels
Largest Size: 2120x1192 pixels

Download a free template for the google+ cover photo!

Steps:
  1. Go here to Download the google+ cover photo template
  2. Open it
  3. Insert your photo and adjust the size
  4. Save
  5. Upload to your google+ as your cover photo
Its that simple!

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