The safer way to search

Over the past 20 years, billions of people have trusted Google Search with their questions. Every day we work to earn that trust by providing reliable information and protecting your privacy with built-in security technology.

Search is private by design

We secure your data with industry-leading technology and by encrypting every search. We build controls so you can choose the privacy settings that are right for you. And we never sell your personal information.

Data security

To keep your data secure, we’ve built some of the most advanced security infrastructure in the world. This infrastructure keeps your data private and secure while in transit between your device and our data centers. If you save your Search history to your Google Account, the data you create moves between your device, Google services, and our data centers. We protect this data with multiple layers of security, including leading encryption technology like HTTPS and encryption at rest.

Data responsibility

We have a responsibility to protect and respect your data. That’s why we never sell your personal information - period.

Easy-to-use controls

Easy-to-use controls

Search offers privacy controls so you can decide what you save to your Google Account. You can also turn on auto-delete to automatically delete your data on an ongoing basis.

Privacy protection for your Search history

If you share a device, you may want to make sure others who use it can’t go into My Activity and look at the Search history saved there. You can now choose to require extra verification for My Activity. With this setting, you’ll need to provide additional information — like your password or two-factor authentication — before your full history can be viewed.

Google protects you while you search

Google Search is the safer way to search. Every day Search blocks 40 billion spammy sites from search results so you can search safely, and proactively protects you by encrypting all of your searches. Search also gives you tools to learn more about your results and take control of your Search experience.

Search proactively blocks webspam from results

Search proactively blocks webspam from results

Search helps protect you from malicious websites where personal information or your identity might get stolen. Every day we detect and block 40 billion pages of spam from search results - including sites that contain malware or were deceptively created to steal your personal information.

Safe Browsing

Safe Browsing

Google Safe Browsing protects over four billion devices and, when enabled in Chrome, displays warning messages letting you know that the site you are trying to enter might be unsafe. These warnings help protect you and your personal information from potential malware and phishing scams.

All searches are secured with encryption

All searches on Google.com and in the Google app are encrypted by default, keeping your information safe from anyone trying to intercept this data.

Learn more about a result before you click

Learn more about a result before you click

When you search on Google, you may come across a result from a source you aren’t familiar with. For these situations, Google provides a tool that helps you learn more about your Search results.

SafeSearch

SafeSearch

When SafeSearch is on, it helps filter out explicit content in Google's search results for all your queries across images, videos, and websites. While SafeSearch isn’t 100% accurate, it’s designed to help block explicit results, like pornography, from your Google search results.

It’s easy to delete Search history from your account - or choose not to save it at all

It’s easy for you to control how you want your Search history to be saved to your Google Account — including if you don’t want it saved at all.

Delete your Search history in My Activity

Delete your Search history in My Activity

When you search on Google with Web & App Activity turned on, Google saves activity like your Search history to your Google Account. We use your saved activity across Google services to give you more personalized experiences, like app and content recommendations. You can go to My Activity to delete some or all of the Search history saved to your Google Account and manage settings like what activity Google saves and when Google auto-deletes your saved activity.

Keep in mind that even if your Search history isn’t saved to your Google Account, or you delete it from My Activity, your browser might still store it. Check your browser’s instructions for directions on how to delete your browser history.

Use auto-delete controls

Use auto-delete controls

You can choose to have Google automatically and continuously delete your Search history, along with other Web & App Activity, from your account after three, 18 or 36 months. For new accounts, the default auto-delete option for Web & App Activity is 18 months, but you can always choose to update your settings if you’d like.

Delete recent history

Delete recent history

You can quickly delete the last 15 minutes of saved Search history from your account with the single tap of a button: this feature is available in the Google app for iOS, and is coming to the Google app for Android soon.

A Google app with the security and privacy features you need

The Google app for iOS comes with advanced privacy and security features like Incognito mode and a password manager. Controls are easy to use and always a tap away from the homescreen.

Incognito mode

Incognito mode

The Google app for iOS comes with Incognito mode. It’s always a tap away from the homescreen.

Enable Face ID for Incognito mode

If you share a device, you probably want to keep searches made in Incognito mode private from others who have access to the device. You can enable Face ID for Incognito mode to make your searches more secure.

Privacy settings are a click away

Privacy settings are a click away

Privacy controls are easy to find and use. Just tap your profile picture to access your account menu and delete recent Search history from your Google Account with just one click.

Password manager

The Google app for iOS comes with a password manager that suggests and saves strong passwords and provides them when you need them.

Our tools for kids & families help make Search safer for everyone

One of the most important parts of being a kid is asking questions. That’s why we provide tools like content filters and supervision controls to help Google Search be a place the whole family can confidently search for new information.

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