When it comes to keeping up-to-date with the world around you, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better website than Google News.
Ever heard the catchphrase “Google It”?
Or the other statement: “Look it up on your Google machine”.
Well, that’s exactly what Google News is all about.
Log into the website at:
You will be bombarded with all the latest info and gossip out there – from business and technology, to entertainment and news – Google News has it all.
How to sign into Google News
To sign into Google News you must first create a Google Account.
You only need ONE Google account to access all Google platforms.
So, for example, if you have a Gmail address you have an account with Google.
- Sign into Google using your Gmail details.
- If you don’t have an existing Google account, copy and paste the following link into your browser:
- The following page will appear.
- At the top of the page, you will see your name and email address.
- Tap the “Enter your password” button and enter your password.
- If you have forgotten your password, tap the “Forgot password?” button and then tap “Next”.
If you need to create an account:
- Copy and paste the www.google.com link into your browser.
- Tap the Sign in button at the top-right corner of the page.
- Tap Create an Account.
- When the Sign-Up form appears, follow the instructions by entering your login details.
- The Create your profile page will appear.
- Your account has now been created.
- The Google welcome page will appear on your screen.
How to retrieve your Google login details
- Copy and paste the com/accounts/recovery link into your browser.
- Tap the Forgotten password? option.
- Enter the name of the account you wish to recover.
- Google may request confirmation of your account and/or ask you to sign in from your own computer or one you recently used.
- Tap Continue.
- Let Google know if you have forgotten your password.
- Tap the Verify Your Identity link.
- Now complete and submit the form.
Why you have to sign up for Google News
Google News keeps you updated 24/7 with all the latest information, garnered from more than 25 000 websites.
Launched in 2002, Google News was the brainchild of the research scientist, Krishna Bharat.
When you open Google News, the news items on display feature a brief description with a link that takes you to a view of the article in full detail.
However, anything shared on the Google platform gives Google a license to distribute and use your content, including its third parties.
This license will continue, even after you stop using Google services.
Remember, you have ONE Google account to access all its platforms.
What you get from Google News
You can keep updated by requesting alerts via e-mail by subscribing to Google Alerts.
You will receive e-mails every time news articles matching your requests come online.
When you do a Google search, the Create alert button is displayed at the bottom right-hand side of the page.
When you open Google News, a drop-down menu on the left-hand side of the page gives you links to various topics.
These include top stories, business, entertainment, science, technology, sport and health.
Google News is a worldwide platform and is available in 35 languages. These include Cantonese, Latvian, Malayalam and Telugu.
Mobile, Android, iPhone and smartphone
Google News is available for tablets and Android smartphones running Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” or later versions.
It also supports iPhones and iPads running i0S 8 or later versions.
Security and privacy issues
Google has several measures in place to secure your account (read more about that in Keep your login details safe).
Changing your password on a regular basis is one of the most basic, yet effective ways to safeguard your account.
Change your password immediately if you detect any suspicious activity on your account.
Cool stuff to do on Google News
In the drop-down menu of Google News’ homepage are categories tailored to meet individual user topics of interest.
For example, there is News Near You.
That’s a nifty site if you are searching for more localised news content.
Then there is Suggested for you.
This website displays articles that may interest you, based on your surfing patterns.
How does Google News make money?
Google News is part of the Google stable.
Its main source of income is the sale of advertisements.
This revenue source is in excess of $75 million a year.
Takeaways about Google News
Indian research scientist, Krishna Bharat, spearheaded the Google News development team.
He created Google News to keep himself up-to-date with developments in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Keep your login details safe
As previously stated, you have one password and email address for all Google platforms.
- Use a unique password for your Google login and NEVER, EVER, use the same password on another website.
- If you have already done so, change your password NOW on your Google website.
- NEVER follow email links from untrustworthy websites.
- NEVER send your password by email, or share that information with someone else.
- Google will NEVER ask you to disclose your password or to share sensitive information.