Review your account security and get 2GB of free extra Google Drive storage

Review your account security and get 2GB of free extra Google Drive storage
Google Drive is already offering a rather generous 15GB of free storage space by default, but if you're willing to spend a few minutes to review your account security, Google will throw in 2GB of extra free storage.

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.

source: Google

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22 Comments

1. willy.4

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 .

5. KParks23

Posts: 729; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Thanks for answering my question 19gb here I come lol

8. bartek010

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

2 free GB every year. Great deal ;)

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nice! Updated to 19GB as well. Thanks PA, just what i needed.

2. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Got it.. Second time in an year.. Now at 19GB.. :)

3. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Tried going through my security settings twice and still only got 15gb

21. Elie.S

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Go into upgrade storage, it will show you the updated version of your storage, I think it takes time to be updated in the interface. :)

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My drive app still shows 17GB so i think it take time to reflect this changes. To confirm;https://www.google.com/settings/storage

4. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Thanks PA.

6. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Thanks PA and Google for the second 2GB

7. xocomaox

Posts: 201; 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.

9. bartek010

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

the same

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

2GB, don't waste my time. Call me when it's something worthwhile like 10GB.

20. Elie.S

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

2 years more, and your overall will be close to the 10GB ... Don't be a selfish person that wants to rule the world over night. Regards :)

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

2GB, don't waste my time. Call me when it's something worthwhile like 10GB.

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thanks for the tip.

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Same here, it didn't upgrade the storage size. Anyway, thank you PA for the info.

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

Go into upgrade storage, it will show as increased. It probably takes time to show changes.

16. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Thanks for the tip.

17. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Another 2GB added plus the 2GB from last year.

18. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

aw man this is gravy.

19. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Thank You PA now I have 217 GB.

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