Many of us have probably taken our online security and privacy for granted, but due to various incidents in recent years, tech companies have come up with ways to make it safer for their users and remind them of how they can control their online experience. . Safer Internet Day is an annual “special day” where safe online practices are highlighted and Google reminds us of all the ways they have done and we can make “every day safer” online.
Over the years, Google has brought in some products and functionalities to help us feel more secure. Safe browsing “protects more than four million devices,” while Gmail consistently blocks more than 100 million phishing attempts a day. Google Play Protect also helps us by scanning more than 100 billion apps every day to protect us from malware and other problems. Google has also brought Security Checkup as a constant reminder to protect your account, while Password Checkup helps us keep our passwords safe.
They are also introducing new things this time. Google Fi VPN for Android devices is no longer in beta. This means that MVNO users can stream, browse, and download content online over a private, encrypted connection if they choose. They are also launching a new initiative called Cybersecurity for State Leaders that will educate lawmakers and their staff to equip them with tools to protect against digital attacks.
google maps it also reminds you of the ways you can control your experience in the app. In case you don’t already know, you can change your display name on Maps and manage and customize your profile. You can also easily report questionable content you find and also share your location in real time with trusted contacts, especially if you are in an unfamiliar place where you could get lost. And of course if you don’t want Google to save some of the places you go to but you still use Maps, you can always use incognito mode.
While these online safety reminders may not be the most exciting thing to read and do in your apps, it’s always a good idea to regularly check your privacy and security settings. Many people only worry when they have become victims of nefarious forces online, but don’t let them get to that point.