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Google offers reward to users who perform security check-up

1 year 11 months 1 week ago February 11, 2015 Feb 11, 2015 Wednesday, February 11 2015 February 11, 2015 2:44 PM in News
Source: WBRZ / ABC News
By: Brock Sues

With cybersecurity consistently making headlines in recent months, Google is taking the chance to offer a reward to its account holders that ensure their personal accounts meet today's increasingly important security standards.

Google members have until Feb. 17 to go into their Google account settings to complete a short security check-up. In exchange for their time, users will receive 2 GB of free storage space on Google Drive, the company's cloud based storage platform. The incentive was announced by the corporation as part of their observation of annual Safer Internet Day, which fell on Tuesday this year.

A member of News 2's Web Team completed the security check-up in around 4 minutes after changing some settings. Matt Kallman, a security expert at Google, says the check-up should average around two to three minutes to complete. The check-up offers a handy run-down of where and when the user's Google account has been logged into, which is very useful for determining if someone has unauthorized access to private user login data.

Google account security has become increasingly important for many web users as the company's range of services expands to cover important day-to-day web activities like e-mail (Gmail), video sharing (YouTube) and online storage (Google Drive) where security is key.

To login to your Google account and perform the security check-up, click here. Users who complete the task prior to the deadline will have the additional 2 GB of cloud storage space added to their account at the end of the month.

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