Whether it’s defending yourself from identity thieves or removing bad software from your family’s computer, it’s important to know how to stay safe online. Over the course of the past few months, we’ve explored the simple steps you can take to help keep yourself, your family and the web safer. And in celebration of October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, for the past 30 days we’ve posted a daily tip on how to #staysafe online.
Even though our favorite month of the year is about to end, it’s good to know how to stay safe all year round. Here are the top five most popular tips from the month:
- Add 2-step verification to keep the bad guys out of your Google account.
- Use a password to secure your router.
- Avoid malware—review permissions and ratings before installing a new app.
- Think before you share.
- Learn how to locate and remote wipe your mobile device in case it’s lost or stolen.
Security and privacy are important and Google provides tools to help you protect yourself and your information. For example, 2-Step Verification adds another layer of security to your Google Account. Google+ Circles and YouTube settings help you control what you share and keep your information private if you want to keep it to yourself. Verify Apps helps protect your phone from malware, and Android Device Manager will ring your phone and locate it on a map to help you find your device if you lose it (and remotely delete your information from the device if you can’t get it back).
For more information on how to stay safe and improve your online security and privacy, visit our Good to Know site, which has more information and details about Google’s tools and helpful advice on staying safe.
Posted by Diana Smetters, Software Engineer