In case you are unaware, today is Safer Internet Day. A global initiative, Safer Internet Day is “a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users.”
According to Google Canada, a recent survey has 20% of Canadians giving themselves a failing grade when it comes to online security. In addition, 30% admitted they don’t use 2-Factor authentication and 20% didn’t even know what that meant. A third of respondents stated that they had encountered a phishing scheme in the past while 17% admitted they didn’t know what phishing was. Finally, 40% of people responding to the survey admitted that they rarely — or never — change the passwords on frequently used accounts.
Thankfully, Google has offered up some security tips to help you stay safe online and help prevent avoidable security risks. Check them out below:
- Keep your software up-to-date: Visit the settings in your app store and enable auto-updates. When you receive notification to update your software, do so as soon as possible.
- Use unique passwords: While a strong password should be hard to guess by others, and at least eight characters long, the most helpful thing you can do for your accounts is to create unique passwords for each. Using the same password across multiple accounts is like using the same key to multiple houses: it increases your security risk. Use a password manager to keep track of all your passwords.
- Set up a recovery phone number or email address: To make sure you can get back into your personal accounts if you ever get logged out, add recovery information like a phone number or email address so you can quickly regain access.
- Protect your accounts with 2-Step Verification: 2-Step Verification helps keep out anyone who shouldn’t have access to your account by requiring you to use a secondary factor on top of your username and password to log
in toyour account. To set up 2-Step Verification on your Google Account, visit security.google.com and click “2-Step Verification.” (NOTE: you can also check our How To on setting this up)
- Take the Google Security Checkup: This is easy to do (g.co/
securitycheckup) and analyzes your Google Account security status and provides you with personalized and actionable guidance to address any issues it recognizes as potentially dangerous.