February 5, today, is celebrated as “Safer Internet Day” and to mark the occasion, Google has launched a special initiative to create awareness amongst its wide user base. Targeting the young users and their parents, Google is urging caution to keep their data secure online. Speaking to Gadgets Now, Sunita Mohanty, director, Trust and Safety, Google India, said that on an average users are spending 200 hours in a month on the Internet and it is vital for them to understand the safety aspects of the web. “Over the years, we have created many tools and are looking to improve them. More importantly, we want users to be in control.” Starting today, Google will run a campaign on its various platforms to encourage people to be more aware about security and privacy on the Internet. For instance, on Google’s homepage, there will be a checkup in 8 languages, including Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil and others.
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According to Mohanty, it is essential that just like in the offline world, people need to do a “health checkup” in the online world. Google wants its users to secure their account and has a feature called Security Checkup. This will not only help users stay safer while using Google services but also strengthen the security of their account. Google will send reminders, add a screen lock to mobile phones and also urge users to review third-party access for Google account data.
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The second aspect is to keep their phones secure and as always Google wants users to download apps only from Play Store. Android smartphones also come with a Play Protect feature which scans around 50 billion apps every day. What Play Protect also does is that identifies potentially harmful apps and warns users to remove them if they have downloaded them. There are several other features that Google has introduced for young users availing its services. Apart from that there have been initiatives to create awareness about keeping their account and data safe for users in tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
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