Safer Internet Day: Want to secure data, stay safe online? Do this; check these Google tips
The world is celebrating Safer Internet Day on February 5, 2019 and tech giant Google has some tips for its users!
The world is celebrating Safer Internet Day on February 5, 2019 and tech giant Google has some tips for its users! The search engine giant has asked its users to secure their smartphones using a unique password and keeping a tab on the permissions given to apps, among other measures. These recommendations come as part of Google's latest campaign ‘#SecurityCheckKiya’ that urges users to take control of their data. In order to keep their smartphones safe, Google urges users to take three steps:
1. Download from Play Store
For Android users, downloading apps only from Google Play Store is one of the best ways to stay safe. It said that all Android devices come with Google Play Protect service along with the Google Play store. The service protects smartphones by scanning over 50 billion apps every single day and identifying potentially harmful apps.
The tech giant has also asked the users to keep their screen locked with a unique password to ensure that their personal data remains safe.
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2. Limited access
All third-party apps need access to location, contacts, camera, microphone, and storage to work properly. While some of these apps need specific access to work properly, others demand access without any visible use. Google urges its users to provide limited access to third party apps. Android users can check the access granted by heading to 'App Permissions' in 'Settings'.
3. Regular 'Health Check-up'
Last but not the least, Google wants all the users to do a sort of ‘health check-up’ of all their Google Accounts like Gmail, Docs and Drive. The company wants users to do a security check of their accounts today. For this, desktop users can head to Google Account > Run Security Check. Meanwhile, mobile users can tap Menu icon > Settings > tap ID > Manage Your Google Account > Run Security Check.