Monday, March 11, 2013

Google - A guide to staying safe and secure online

Identity theft is a form of stealing someone's identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person's identity, typically in order to access resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person's name. The victim of identity theft (here meaning the person whose identity has been assumed by the identity thief) can suffer adverse consequences if they are held accountable for the perpetrator's actions. Identity theft occurs when someone uses another's personally identifying information, like their name, identifying number, or credit card number, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. - Wikipedia

Google known for its readiness and commitment towards security of customer data has micro sites dedicated towards educating its users about this threat. Google has a micro site called Good to Know where you can learn to stay safe and secure online. The site has various tools for security, safety and privacy, securing using passwords, how to prevent identity thefts, keeping you family safe online, keeping you devices clean. It even makes you tech savvy. Know Your Web micro site will teach you a lot more like how to upload videos on Youtube, basics of Internet DNS, IP to name a few and the list is very big for me to mention here.

Don't forget the basics. Always
  • Make sure you are using strong, unique passwords for each of your important online accounts;
  • Make sure your account recovery options are up-to-date to help services contact you if there is a problem with your account; and 
  • Turn on 2-step verification for your Google Account.