Check Your Google Security, Get 2GB of Free Storage on Safer Internet Day

Since the theme of today's Safer Internet Day is, "Play your part for a better Internet," Google is offering 2 GB of free cloud-based storage space on Drive to users who do brief security checkups of their Google accounts. Safer Internet Day, which is being observed by more than 100 countries worldwide, began in 2004 as an initiative aimed at improving online safety for young people, but its messages can apply to anyone.

The White House today is also putting the spotlight on online safety by announcing its decision to implement a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP). The plan includes creating a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, a government IT modernization effort and a call for individuals to improve their online security by enabling multi-factor authentication.

Multi-factor authentication, "adds an enormous amount of security" beyond that provided by a password alone, said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), told us. In conjunction with the White House's announcement today, the NCSA said it will expand its education efforts to promote greater public awareness of what individuals can do to improve cybersecurity.

Second Year of Google Offer

Safer Internet Day originated with Europe's Insafe network of organizations focused on protecting safe and responsible online access for children and young people. It now has support from a large number of international companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter.

This is the second year that Google has offered the reward of free cloud-based storage to users who check the security settings of their accounts. The company walks users through a series of steps to check recovery information, review connected devices, disable low-security apps and verify account permissions. Once those steps are completed, 2 GB of additional Google Drive storage are added to users' accounts.

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