Tips and information for more security on the Internet

Online security comes into even sharper focus in times of pandemic. The number of spam and phishing emails related to Covid-19 has risen sharply in the past year. Tadek Pietraszek from Google Switzerland gives tips on safe surfing at home on the occasion of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday.

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1. do not reuse passwords

66 percent of all Internet users use the same password in multiple services. However, it is safest to create a separate password for each service. The different passwords can be saved in the Google account, for example, and stored under G.co/passwords be managed at any time.

 

2. choose a secure password

Passwords protect our most sensitive data. Accordingly, it is important that they are as secure as possible. Instead of using your date of birth or the name of your pet, it's best to use a password that you can remember in one sentence. For example, the first letters of "Google gives you 9 tips for Safer Internet Day 2021"? can be put together to create a secure password: Ggd9TzSID2021 is definitely not guessable. Alternatively, you can have the Google password manager suggest a secure password. The Google password check can then be used to test the strength and security of the passwords.

 

3. do the safety check

With the Security check from Google can be used to check which devices are connected to one's account, which third-party applications have access to the Google account or whether a security risk has been detected in the last few days.

 

4. activate confirmation in two steps

With the Confirmation in two steps can be used to secure your own account in addition to the password.

 

5. software always up to date

Whether software or apps - they all only offer the most secure protection if they are up to date. That's why it's important to perform software updates regularly.

 

6. remain vigilant against phishing attacks!

How well do I know about phishing emails? Would I recognize a spam mail? At Phishingquiz.withgoogle.com, Beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com and Stopthinkconnect.ch, knowledge can be tested in a fun way:

 

7. activate the incognito mode

Incognito mode can be activated in services like Google Maps, Google Chrome and YouTube. This should always be used when you do not want your activities - such as the places you search for or navigate to - to be stored in your Google account.

 

8. delete web and app activities automatically

With the help of the saved activities, for example on Google Maps or in Google Search, usage is personalized. However, one can check under G.co/privacycheckup define how long they should be stored and set up the option for automatic deletion individually. Incidentally, since last year Google has been deleting the data by default after 18 months.

 

9. do the privacy check

Every year, more than 200 million people complete the Privacy Check. Part of the check are proactive recommendations from Google, including instructions and tips on how to adjust important privacy settings.

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* Tadek Pietraszek is chief developer for account security at Google Switzerland.

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