Review your account security and get 2GB of free extra Google Drive storage
posted by Mihai A. / Feb 08, 2016, 10:36 AM
To celebrate "Safer Internet Day 2016", which is today, Google is now offering 2GB of extra free Drive storage to those willing to review their security settings. In theory, you don't have to make any actual changes to your security settings, as the extra free storage can be obtained by just clicking on three "Done" buttons. However, we recommend that you make use of this opportunity and actually take a moment to reconsider your Google account security settings.
The first step that users can take to improve the security of their account is to review the backup email and phone number, which will be used to recover your password in case you forget it. Furthermore, you should also review your security question.
The second step that Google wants you to make before it extends your free storage quota by 2GB is to review your connected device. If Google lists a device that you do not recognize, just tap the "Something is wrong" button and you'll be asked to come up with a new password in order to block unauthorized access.
The third and final hurdle is to review the app permissions. Each app that you've granted permission to access data from your Google account will be listed along with the corresponding permission. If you spot an app that gets more info than you think it should, just revoke its permission. Once you complete these three steps, your free Google Drive quota will be raised to 17GB. The extra GB will never expire.
In closing, we'd like to mention that you should consider setting up two-step verification on your device, especially if you're working with sensitive data on your account. With two-step verification set up, Google will send you a text message with a single-use code each time you log in. This verification code works alongside the password (hence the name of the two-step verification system), meaning that even if a potential attacker steals your password, he still won't be able to access your account.
Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 14, 2015
Worked great I now have 19 gig of free space ... Did this the last time it was offered .
posted on Feb 08, 2016, 10:47 AM 4
Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012
Tried going through my security settings twice and still only got 15gb
posted on Feb 08, 2016, 10:53 AM 1
Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 2015
Account still says 17GB. But when I click to buy more space, it shows a total of 19GB. I will wait.
posted on Feb 08, 2016, 11:37 AM 1
2GB, don't waste my time. Call me when it's something worthwhile like 10GB.
posted on Feb 08, 2016, 11:51 AM 1
Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012
Same here, it didn't upgrade the storage size. Anyway, thank you PA for the info.
posted on Feb 08, 2016, 12:25 PM 1
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