The new Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California.
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By Lisa Eadicicco
February 9, 2016

Google is giving Drive users a small bump in storage space on Tuesday in celebration of Safer Internet Day, which is meant to promote awareness around responsible use of online technology. Google Drive members who complete a quick security checkup will get 2GB of storage added to their account.

That may not sound like a lot, but consider that files such as a photo taken with a smartphone or a text document in Google Docs usually only occupy a few hundred kilobytes of space in Drive, which is a fraction of a gigabyte. A basic Google Drive account comes with 15GB of storage space.

Google’s security checkup is worth taking regardless of this perk, especially for those who frequently log in to Google on multiple devices or connect apps to their Google account. Google also offered the same deal last year on Safer Internet Day.

Here’s how to take the checkup:

  • Navigate to Google’s security settings website here.
  • Log into your Google account if you haven’t already done so.
  • Follow the prompts from Google to complete the checkup. Users will have the opportunity to change their recovery information (phone number, secondary email address, security question), review recent security changes that have been made (i.e. password changes, added security questions, etc.), view connected devices, and see account permissions throughout the process.

[The Verge]

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