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Google is offering Free Extra 2GB Of Drive Space Just For Completing Security Checkup

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Want 2 GB of extra space in your Google Drive account? Today, Google will give it to you for free, just for doing something you should be doing anyway: Reviewing your security.

It’s Safer Internet Day  today and while you are probably not celebrating the occasion with an overpriced prix fixe dinner and roses, it’s not a bad time to remember that hacks don’t only happen to big media organizations. To give you a bit of extra motivation to check on your security settings in Google, the company is giving away 2GB of permanent Drive space to anybody who goes through its Security Checkup within the next week.

Google's Security Checkup—a promotion that's running until Feb 17 as part of "Safer Internet Day"—runs you through your recovery settings, app access, recent logins, and other shit you should check periodically. And at the end, you'll get 2 GB for your trouble (effective at the end of the month). Yeah sure, you should be doing this anyway, but it's always nice to get a little reward for finishing your chores.

I just went through the process and it’s pretty straightforward (or as a Google spokesperson told me, “my mom could understand this – and that’s often not true with online security!”). While working your way through the wizard, you’ll check your recovery information, recent activity, account permissions and passwords, as well as your two-factor authentication settings.

Chances are, everything will look pretty clean, but I ended up revoking access to my accounts from a couple of applications I hadn’t used for more than a year, for example.





Once you’re done, you’ll see a summary page and then — at some point before the end of the month — you’ll see your 2GB of extra space pop up in your Google Drive account (unless you are a Google Apps for Work or Google Apps for Education user — then you’re not eligible for the extra space). It’s not exactly a terabyte of free storage, but it’s a nice little bonus and it’s permanent.

 

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