Items tagged with security checkup

We all love freebies around here, especially when you barely have to lift a finger to get said freebie. Such is the case today thanks to a promotion that Google is running in honor of Safer Internet Day 2016. All you have to do is login to your Google account and go through the Security Checkup interview process, after which you’ll be given an extra 2GB of Drive cloud storage. As was the case last year around this time, the Security Checkup will ask you to perform a variety of checks to ensure that your account is protected from malicious activity. First, you’ll be required to set a recovery phone number and email address if you’re ever accidentally locked out of your account. Next, you’ll be... Read more...
What city were you born in? What’s your best friend’s name? What’s your mother’s maiden name? We’re all filled out these annoying security questions when setting up online account profiles, but Google has issued a new study that examines the problem with such questions when it related to account security. It should come as no surprise that Google found that “secret questions generally offer a security level that is far lower than user-chosen passwords” and that “secret questions are neither secure nor reliable enough to be used as a standalone account recovery mechanism.” The reasons for this should be incredibly obvious. Given how socially-connected most of us have become over the past few years,... Read more...
While it’s not quite the 100GB of free One Drive cloud storage space that Microsoft is giving away if you sign up for Bing Rewards, Google is giving away freebies of its own to commemorate Safer Internet Day. In an effort to ensure that users are protected against hackers and other cyber threats, Google is asking its users to complete its Security Checkup by February 17. The Security Checkup prompts you to verify your account recovery options (email, phone), gives you a listing of recent sign-ins on your account to help you spot any suspicious activity, and allows you to confirm or remove app that have access to your Google account information. In return for completing the Security Checkup, which... Read more...