In honor of Safer Internet Day 2016,Â an effort by ConnectSafely.org, Google will give you 2GB of free storage space on Google drive if you secure your Google account. ConnectSafely.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy, and security.
Log in to your Google account and you will get prompted to complete a security checkup. This includes providing a phone number and alternate e-mail address from your Gmail account in case your account is breached or you forget your password.
The checkup will also show a list of devices used to access your account, and you can report any that are unfamiliar or look suspicious. It will also display a list of all apps and websites that have access to your account. You can remove anything unfamiliar here, as well.
The security check takes about two minutes to complete, Googleâ€™s team says theyâ€™ve timed it. Once completed, you will see the additional 2 GB of storage in your Google Drive.
ConnectSafely.org is hosting a live stream today from Universal Studios in Hollywood, of young people discussing ways to combat and reject online hate and cyberbullying. The group is also asking online users to take a family pledge for smart use of technology.