This may be the easiest giveaway yet. Albeit a lot less than Microsoft’s Microsoft’s Free Bing Rewards program where you get 100 GB Microsoft OneDrive free for (2) years (Deer, 2015, February 10), it comes with no long-term strong attached.
Google, as part of their “Safer Internet Day” is doling out dollops of 2 GB just for completing a Security Check (Chowdhry, 2015) of your Google Account. Google announced it in a Google Drive Blogspot post! Once you complete the Security checkup, by Saturday February 28th 2015, you’ll get the 2GB (Cozma, 2015), added to your Account.
Again, very similar to the Microsoft’s offer. Google back in June 2014 gave us 15 GB Free Cloud storage (Deer, 2013, May 16) and I’ve been hooked ever since!
How to get 2 GB Extra on your Google Drive Cloud – Make Google’s Security Checkup Website a part of your routine
To receive this bounty, all you have to do is saunter over to the Google’s Security Checkup Website. Once you’re logged and, Google will begin checking the following in your account:
- Recovery information
- Recent activity
- App access on your smartphone and Tablet
- Account permissions
Google’s checkup of your recovery information makes sure you have option in case you’re locked out of your account due to hacking or just plain forgetfulness. This includes options such as alternative email, phone number and security questions, all in a bid to verify you so that you can regain access.
Google’s recent activity checkup checks to see if you have any suspicious access to your account from devices that you do not know. Spot anything out of the ordinary and you can remove it by clicking “Remove access.” on the “Devices & Activity” page.
Google’s next checkup is related to Apps and their level of access to your personal Data. Some of them are not secure and interestingly, I recently did an article on a trio of apps that Avast Antivirus pointed out (Deer, 2015, February 4), including the Durak card game that have Adware, spamming you with ads and redirects as well as potentially stealing your personal data.
This one is very important, so take your time.
Finally, Google carries you though your permission for usage of your Google Credentials to access other websites, Apps and Services. These services may have access to your personal data and there’s no telling what they can do or access in your account. A quick press of the Remove button beside each items means you can quickly remove anything that strikes you as suspicious.
Once you’ve successfully jumped through all the hoops, at the very end you’ll see a screen with several checkboxes (Google Drive. 2015, February 10), ticked to confirm that you’re eligible for the 2 GB reward.
Google will email you when you get the 2 GB added to your account. Still, not a reason to procrastinate on Security; visit your Google’s security checkup website to make sure your information is safe and secure, no matter what device you use.
Here’s the link:
- Chowdhry, A. (2015, February 11). Google Drive Is Offering 2GB Of Free Storage For Doing A Quick Security Checkup. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2015/02/11/google-drive-is-offering-2gb-of-free-storage-for-doing-a-quick-security-checkup/
- Cozma, N. (2015, February 11). How to get 2GB free on Google Drive. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-get-2gb-free-on-google-drive/
- Deer, L (2015, February 10). How to get 100 GB Free Microsoft OneDrive and win Gift Cards and Giveaways. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/how-to-get-free-100-gb-microsoft-onedrive/
- Deer, L. (2013, May 16). Google Drive, the Dropbox clone, now upps the ante to 15GB of Free Storage during Google IO. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/google-drive-15gb-of-free-storage/
- Deer, L. (2015, February 4). Google Play Store Apps with AdWare is Russian IQ Test Poker History Lesson in Google Android. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/google-play-store-apps-with-adware-threat-to-android-security/
- Google Drive. (2015, February 10). A quick checkup and a simple thanks. Retrieved from http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2015/02/safer-internet-day-2015.html