Google has rolled out several new features focused on safety and security online. One of these features affects Google’s search results through its SafeSearch options. These options help to keep the younger crowds safe while browsing the internet by censoring some of the results by hiding them or blurring out images.
The feature itself isn’t new and SafeSearch is automatically turned on for any user signed in that is under the age of 18. However, the company is now setting the option to default for anyone who hasn’t customized their SafeSearch settings.
This helps to encourage a safer experience for all users, regardless of it they are signed into their Google account or not (since Google would have no way of knowing the user’s age). Of course, this extends beyond age as each person has their own sensitivity levels as well. Not everyone wants to accidentally get NSFW images in their results. Especially, if they are visiting their parents, are currently in church, or are at work.
The option to disable this feature is always there within settings. It’s best to make sure that you are signed into your Google account so you know the setting will stick if you adjust it.
It’s a smart move on part of the search engine to implement it as a default and kind of surprising that this wasn’t the default setting already. Regardless, it is a small step forward in a positive direction and a safer experience for all users.