Google's Safety Tips To Online Users

by Press Release    Feb 11, 2016

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With more number of businesses in India coming online as well as the government pushing the ‘Digital India’ campaign, there is a need for greater security and safety in the online space. In view of this, Google India announced its support to a ‘Safer Internet Day’. In its commitment to providing its consumers a safer internet experience, the company rolled out some new features and resources designed to protect users online.

From initiatives like simplifying security settings to making trustworthy messages easier to spot in Gmail, Google will be taking several initiatives to drive awareness about online safety among Indian internet users.

Google also noted in its report that Indian Internet users are increasingly becoming conscious of their online safety. Significantly, smartphone users who are rapidly growing in numbers have become cautious about losing their smartphone device and about how to retrieve it. In the past year, there have been 591% more searches for ‘How to track a lost phone’, the company said.

Users have also become wary of hackers accessing their Gmail accounts, if search trends on Google are anything to go by. There were also more online searches for the two-step verification process, an additional layer of security that requires users to key in a six-digit code sent as a text message to a registered phone.

Two-step authentication can be also be completed via an application called Authenticator that generates a unique code each time a user signs in to their Google account. Google noted that there have been 97% more searches for the two-step verification process in the past year. The study found, there were 20% more searches for the keyword, ‘Change Password’.

“With an increase in the number of users coming online and the rise in the penetration of smartphone users in India, we at Google are committed to offering users a safe Internet experience,” Sunita Mohanty, director of trust and safety division at Google India said in a statement.

Google is adding 5 million new users a month. It expects 500 million Indians to come online by 2018-19. “It’s more important now than ever before to ensure the data and profiles of these users is safe online,” added Mohanty.

To mark ‘Safer Internet Day’, Google is giving away 2GB of additional storage space to users who complete a security check-up (at g.co/accountcheckup) of their Google accounts by 11 February. This storage can be used across Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos.

In its initiative to spread awareness and encourage the users to utilise the existing tools to ensure a safer Internet experience, Google is offering its users 2GB of extra Google Drive storage on completion of the security check-up by February 11th. This storage can be used across Google Drive, Gmail, and Photos.

Last year, through the Web Rangers program, Google targeted 5,000 schools around India to train school kids to help spread awareness about safe surfing practices among their peers. This year, Google is expanding the reach of the program to 10,000 schools and 1,000 universities all around India.

Google in collaboration with the Data Security Council of India will also run a special information security awareness program, safeguarding the interest of small and medium sized enterprises. 

5 ways users can stay secure online

·         Use a strong, unique password made up of a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.

·         Don’t reuse the same password for important accounts

·         Set up two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security, in addition to your password

·         Check your account recovery information and add a phone number or other contact info.  This enables us to help you in case you get locked out

·         Do a Security Checkup to make sure your Google account’s security settings are up to date: g.co/accountcheckup