Google India Rolls Out Campaign To Protect Data, Devices

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 05, 2018


Google India announced its public safety initiative ‘#SecurityCheckKiya” to create awareness around internet safety and restate its endeavor to protect young and first-time users from cyber threats, according to an ANI report.

The internet search giant is approaching people to take three easy but important steps to safeguard themselves from account hijacking, protect their Android mobile devices from malicious apps and secure all their personal data if their device is lost.

With a large base of unsuspecting first time Internet users now coming online through easy access modes but lacking technical literacy, Indian users are increasingly vulnerable to bad actors and abuse on the web, the company said in a statement.

Taking these three simple actions can ensure internet safety and safeguard their online experience.

“Just like in the physical world where we are careful about the information we share with strangers, safeguard our house by keeping doors locked, and think twice before accepting things from unknown people, users in India should take precautions while engaging with the online world. While security is built into all of Google services, keeping the web safe for everyone is a shared responsibility. We want everyone to become good Digital Citizens, which essentially means being a responsible and respectful user of the Internet,” ANI quoted Director, Trust and Safety - Google India, Sunita Mohanty as saying.

“Through our initiative, we want to nudge internet users to take action to safeguard themselves, because the first step to a safer internet starts with them. We are asking users to get started on their journey by securing their data and devices, by asking them #SecurityCheckKiya,” she added.

Google will make this information available on its homepage, to encourage users to take the first step of Security Check on Safer Internet Day which is on February 6.

To protect Android devices from spurious apps, users can scan and check Android device for any dubious agents through Google Play Protect.

Google Play Protect scans all apps for malware prior and after the installation and is automatically enabled on the device.

To safeguard personal data if an Android device is lost, users can download “Find My Device” app, with which users can locate a lost Android device.