Google’s free Drive and Gmail storage is awesome, but it’s never enough. If you’re hoping to get more space for your stuffs, well, you can grab an extra 2 GB storage capacity on your Google Drive for free today. All you need to do is to carry out a Google account security checkup. This promotion is part of Safer Internet Day 2016.
If this sounds familiar to you, it’s because Google had the exact same promotion last year. No, I’m not republishing old news. The deal is back again this year. For those of you who managed to grab the free 2 GB from last year, you still claim the additional 2 GB again this year. See how I now have 19 GB on my free account?
Here’s what you need to do. Head over to Google’s account Security Checkup page and follow the steps. At the end of it, you’ll be rewarded with 2 GB of storage added to your account.
Briefly, you’ll be asked to check several items:
- Your account recovery information. This includes your phone number, alternate email address and security question.
- List of your connected devices. These are devices logged in to your account. If something looks unfamiliar to you, you should change your password immediately.
- Verify apps that have permission to use your account. This is a list of apps, websites, and devices that are connected toy our account. Make sure they are all familiar to you, otherwise you should remove their permissions immediately.
- Check app-specific passwords. This is used with apps that cannot do 2-step verification. Again, if anything looks unfamiliar, or access that isn’t needed anymore, remove them immediately.
- Check 2-Step Verification. This is 2FA, second factor authentication, or whatever you prefer to call it. Apart from the Google Authenticator app, you can also receive codes via backup phones or use a pre-prepared list of backup codes.
Free is good. But let’s not all forget about the reason behind this promotion — Safer Internet Day.