Feb 10th, 2015

Safer Internet Day large

In case you almost missed it, today is officially Safer Internet Day and who better to celebrate this joyous occasion than Google, the world’s largest internet search company. Announced on their official Google Drive blog, Google is offering up a free permanent bonus in Google Drive storage, simply in exchange for making your Google account a little safer.

Google Checkup checklist

All you have to do is complete Google’s quick, 2-minute safety check and once completed, you’ll get a free 2GB bump of additional Drive storage for the rest of your life. Simple as that. Here’s what the checkup looks to address on your G0ogle account:

  • Ensures your account recovery information is current
  • If we detect suspicious activity in your account, we use your recovery info to get in touch and make sure no one but you gains access.
  • Lets you review recent sign-in activity
  • Reviewing this lets you validate the sign-ins are coming from you and not someone who shouldn’t be using your credentials.
  • Confirms the apps and devices that access some account information
  • This step lets you monitor this list and remove apps and devices that don’t need access to your account any more.

If you can’t get to the safety check right now, you have until next Tuesday, February 17th to complete it. Keep in mind the storage bump wont be deposited right away, with Google mentioning it’ll be deposited automatically to everyone around February 28th (they’ll be sending out emails so you don’t miss it). Unfortunately, it looks like Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education are excluded from this offer.

Google recommends completing a safety check every time you get a new phone or laptop to ensure your online safety is up to speed. A link to Google’s safety check can be found below.

[Google Safety Check]