Safer Internet Day: How Google helps you stay secure online

posted Feb 5, 2013, 8:39 PM by Unknown user
Posted on the Official Google Blog by Alma Whitten, Director of Privacy, Product and Engineering 

Editor's note: Staying safe on the internet means being smart whenever you're online -- at home, at work and on your mobile device. The tips shared below are intended to help you protect yourself and your family. For more information about what Google does to protect...enterprise customers' data, check out [the] trust series on this blog and [the] security white paper

Technology can sometimes be complicated, but you shouldn’t have to be a computer scientist or security expert to stay safe online. Protecting...users is one of [Google's] top priorities. Whether it’s creating easy-to-use tools to help you manage your information online or fighting the bad guys behind the scenes, [Google is] constantly investing to make [it] the best service you can rely on, with security and privacy features that are on 24-7 and working for you. 

Last year, [Google] launched Good to Know, [their] biggest-ever campaign focused on making the web a safer, more comfortable place. Today, on Safer Internet Day, [Google is] updating Good to Know to include more tips and advice to help you protect yourself and your family from identity theft, scams and online fraud. You can also learn how to make your computer or mobile device more secure, and get more out of the web — from searching more effectively to making calls from your computer. And you can find out more about how Google works to make you, your device and the whole web safer. 

For example, [Google encrypts] the Gmail and Google Search traffic between your computer and Google -- this protects your Google activity from being snooped on by others. [Google] also [makes] this protection, known as session-wide SSL encryption, the default when you’re signed into Google Drive. Because outdated software makes your computer more vulnerable to security problems, [Google] built the Chrome browser to auto-update to the latest version every time you start it. It gives you up-to-date security protection without making you do any extra work. 

Even if you don’t use Google, [they] work hard to make the web safer for you. Every day [they] identify more than 10,000 unsafe websites — and...inform users and other web companies what [they've] found. [They] show warnings on up to 14 million Google Search results and 300,000 downloads, telling...users that there might be something suspicious going on behind a particular website or link. [They] share that data with other online companies so they can warn their users. 

[Google knows] staying safe online is important to you — and it is important to [them] too. That's why [they've] had independent third parties perform inspections and audits for the data protections in Google Apps. 

Please take some time today to make your passwords stronger and turn on 2-step verification to protect your Google Account. Talk with friends and family about Internet safety. And visit [the] new Good to Know site to find more tips and resources to help you stay safe online.

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