Safer Internet Day: Google Fi gets location sharing, more

For Safer Internet Day 2022, Google is preview a handful of new features across multiple products, including Assistant, Fi, and account security, and a host of related initiatives.

On the “Give you control” tentpole, the “Hey Google, turn on guest mode” command will be launched in nine new languages ​​over the next few months:

Danish, Indonesian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Swedish, Thai, Mandarin (Taiwan) and Hindi

This joins the existing seven: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese and Korean.

Enabling this mode, which was first launched last year on smart displays and speakers, means most Assistant activity isn’t saved to your Google Account, while inputs calendar, contacts, and other personal results will not be displayed. It comes with a different clock face.

In the meantime, Google Fi will soon allow you to share your location with family members directly from the companion app:

Your family members can choose to share their location for a set period of time, until the setting is turned off, or not at all.

Next month, Google will launch “Enhanced Account-Level Safe Browsing.” After the Chrome version, it can be activated during a security check – which people have done 1.5 billion times in 2021 – or in account settings to get Google’s “most extensive security protection against the threats you encounter on the web and against your Google Account”.

In addition to sharing more 2-Step Verification stats today, Google also detailed how it’s working again to expand 2SV adoption, especially ahead of the 2022 US midterm elections. . Google today too highlighted safety features of Meet for education users.

Finally, Google is donating $5 million and partnering with Khan Academy to create “free online courses that will help teach people how to stay safe online.”

We will contribute $5 million so Khan Academy can create accessible, easy-to-understand, and actionable online security content for its 18 million monthly users worldwide.

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