• Five easy tips to help you stay safe online

    Date:5 February 2019 Author: Brendon Petersen Tags:, ,

    On Safer Internet Day, Google has released a few tips and features you should know about that will help keep you and your data secure:

     

    Start by taking a Security Checkup 

    Two minutes is all it takes to secure your account at g.co/securitycheckup. You can think of the Security Checkup as your own personal security advisor, taking you through specific recommendations to help keep your Google account safe. A green checkmark means you’re good to go, and a yellow or red exclamation point means there’s at least one issue for you to take care of. The Security Checkup will keep evolving as new threats arise, so you can rely on it to provide you with up-to-date security advice.

    Security Checkup

    Safe Browsing warning

    Look out for automatic warnings

    Spotting phishing scams or dangerous websites can be a challenge, even for savvy web users. Our automated systems detect and warn you about sites with malware, or attempts to phish you. Just keep an eye out for our warnings and follow the instructions—we’ve got you covered.

    2 Factor Authentication

    Protect your Google account with two-factor authentication

    Secure your email inbox by activating 2-step verification. With this feature, you’ll need a password and a verification code that’s sent to your mobile phone to be able to get into your inbox. Enroll in 2-step verificationnow to add an extra layer of security your account.

    Google Play Protect

    Download apps on Google Play for peace of mind on your Android 

    If you’re an Android user, the safest place to download apps is from the Google Play store. Google Play Protect checks apps and your device around the clock to keep out malicious programs and makes sure you have the latest in mobile security protection. In 2017 alone, we took down more than 700,000 apps that violated Google Play policies, 70 percent more than the apps taken down in 2016. Google Play Protect is the ideal security blanket for your mobile device, so can you consider yourself and your data covered.

    Google Play Protect is also there to help you if you ever misplace your phone. Visit android.com/find to locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices—phones, tablets, and even watches.

    YouTube flaggers

    You too can help keep YouTube safe 

    YouTube has always allowed people like you and me to report content we think is inappropriate. Once you’ve flagged a video, it’s submitted for review to YouTube staff who then carefully look at the content to determine whether there’s a violation of YouTube’s Community Guidelines to see if it should be removed. You can also flag individual comments under any video for abuse or spam.

     

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