Today is apparently Safer Internet Day, and Google has taken it upon themselves to offer 2GB of free Drive storage for taking a couple minutes out of your day to ensure that your Google account is as locked down as it should be. As we’ve seen time and time again, most security breaches come by way of compromised login credentials. Google wants to be sure that you’re taking the appropriate steps to prevent unauthorized access to your account.
Google outlines the three main steps that they want to confirm before just handing out your free GB’s:
- Ensures your account recovery information is current. If we detect suspicious activity in your account, we use your recovery info to get in touch and make sure no one but you gains access.
- Lets you review recent sign-in activity. Reviewing this lets you validate the sign-ins are coming from you and not someone who shouldn’t be using your credentials.
- Confirms the apps and devices that access some account information. This step lets you monitor this list and remove apps and devices that don’t need access to your account any more.
Now, if you’ve got two-factor authentication turned on (which you really, really should…get on that!) you’ll have two more sections to go through. Reviewing your application specific passwords, and ensuring that your two-factor settings are up to date. If you haven’t turned on two-factor authentication for your Google account, there’s really no time like the present. Keep an eye on Techaeris, as I have a feeling that we should have a quick how-to guide on setting up two-factor authentication in the near future. Seriously, turn on two-factor authentication.
Google has extended this offer until February 17th, so hurry over to the source link below before then to snag your free Drive storage. Google plans to deliver these free GB’s sometime around February 28th, and you will be e-mailed once the storage has been added, so don’t panic if you complete the Security Checkup and don’t immediately see your free data.
NOTE: Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education users are not eligible for the bonus storage, but that’s no reason for not taking the Security Checkup!Source: Google Drive Blog