In honor of "Safer Internet Day," Google is offering 2 GB of free Drive storage for completing a Security Checkup.
On Tuesday, Google is giving Drive customers a chance to upgrade their storage for free. To get the free 2 GB boost, users will have to complete a short security checkup. This survey will take just a few minutes, letting users review things like their two-step verification settings, which apps have access to their Google account, and account recovery information. Once completed, users will be rewarded with an additional 2 GB of permanent Drive space. "Nicely done, you're all set. Thanks for helping us look out for your security. We'll let you know if we ever see anything fishy, and you should feel free to run this checklist again whenever you want," said Google on the last page of the security checkup. "To help celebrate Safer Internet Day 2016, we added 2 GB of free Drive storage to your Google account because you completed the Security Checkup." Google offered this promotion last year as well but will not deny users the Drive storage boost for completing the checkup a second time. Users who completed last year's and this year's checkup now have 4 GB of extra Drive storage.
International Safer Internet Day was organized by internet companies and children's advocates in response to the massive surge in cyberbullying. Larry Magid, who helped organize a Los Angeles event that showcases online harassment from teens and others, said that while Safer Internet Day celebrates the positive side of the web, "the only reason we need a Safer Internet Day is that there are things that happen online that hurt people." The LA-based event will also feature a brainstorming session to figure out ways to create a kinder internet. Nearly 300 students are expected to attend the event, with more tuning in via Webcast.
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