Today is Safer Internet Day. It is a day dedicated to reminding people to be safer and more responsible when using online technology. Until today, I hadn’t heard of it, but it is actually celebrating its 12th anniversary.
This year, Google is participating in the online security awareness event by offering 2GB of additional storage in Google Drive simply by performing a two-minute Security Checkup. This promotion goes until Feb. 17.
The Security Checkup confirms your account recovery information so if there is suspicious activity and Google locks your account, you will be notified through the proper secondary channels.
You will also be able to see and validate your recent sign-in activity. If you see that a sign-in took place from an unknown computer or location, you can alert Google to that activity and they will check into it.
The checkup will also ask you to confirm the apps and devices that you’ve given permission to access your information. I log into dozens of apps every day using my Google ID. Because I test apps, I regularly give permission to an app and then delete it a week later. This helps clear out old permissions.
After you complete the checkup, you will be eligible for the free storage upgrade. Google will bump your capacity on our around Feb. 28. It will not happen right away. You will receive an email notification when Google upgrades your account.
Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education users are not eligible for the storage upgrade.
While the upgrade is a fantastic gift from Google, it is more important that we perform such security checks across all of our accounts and devices. Google’s promotion simply motivates us to take action.
Since today is Safer Internet Day, let’s all do something extra to secure our online identity. Then, do it more often in the future.