To celebrate Safer Internet Day, Google is offering you a bit of extra motivation to check and make sure your Google accounts are secure. If you check your security settings on your Google accounts, the company will give you 2GB of free extra storage in your Google Drive. Not bad for a few minutes of your time.
I just went through the process and it’s pretty straightforward (or as a Google spokesperson told me, “my mom could understand this – and that’s often not true with online security!”). While working your way through the wizard, you’ll check your recovery information, recent activity, account permissions and passwords, as well as your two-factor authentication settings.
You’ll likely find that everything is on the up-and-up with your account, but you could find that you need to change a phone number, or maybe revoke the access that an unused app has to your info. I found a couple of apps, and a device that I hadn’t used in months still listed on my Google account.
After you’re finished, you’ll see a summary page, and then sometime before the end of February you’ll see the extra 2GB of elbow room appear on your Google Drive.
By the way, this offer doesn’t apply to Google Apps for Work or Google Apps for Education users. Sorry!
For more information about the Google Security Checkup, visit the Google Drive Blog.