31 Photos - Oct 30, 2013
Photo: Make sure you know how to locate your phone and erase your data remotely if it’s lost or stolen. Services like Android Device Manager can quickly locate your phone on a map, or ring it at maximum volume so you can find it (even if it’s been silenced). If your phone has been stolen or can’t be recovered, you can quickly and securely erase all of the data on your device so it stays out of the wrong hands. http://g.co/gvhu #staysafePhoto: Want to keep your stuff safe on the web? Don’t share your passwords. Like the key to your house or the combination to your locker, strong passwords safeguard your information online. There are a lot of great things to share. A password is not one of them. http://g.co/8kfw 

#staysafePhoto: Want to make your Google account safer? 2-step verification adds an extra layer of security by protecting your Google account with both your password and your phone. Keep the bad guys out—even if they steal your password. http://g.co/z26j 

#staysafePhoto: Want to make the web better for everyone? Many sites, including YouTube and Google+, allow you to flag inappropriate content. At YouTube, staff review flagged videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Videos that violate our Community Guidelines (http://g.co/xmz7) are removed. http://g.co/3zzd 

#staysafePhoto: Did you know the most used password is “password”? Strong passwords that are hard to guess make it harder for others to access your stuff online. Create a password only you know. Use at least eight characters and mix letters, numbers and symbols. http://g.co/8kfw #staysafePhoto: Help keep your information safe in the event your smartphone or tablet is lost or stolen. Set your mobile devices so that the screen locks automatically. Just like locking your car or front door, putting a screen lock on your devices helps keep your stuff secure. http://g.co/b3s9 #staysafePhoto: You lock your home and car. How about your WiFi? Make sure to password protect your home WiFi network so others can’t access it. Securing your WiFi is an easy way to make sure that stuff you want locked down stays locked down. http://g.co/mra2 #staysafePhoto: Think before you share. What you share online—any text message, picture, email or status update—has the potential to be seen beyond where you intended it to. #staysafePhoto: Avoid malware, or software that is made to disable your computer or devices. To defend yourself, keep your browser and operating system up to date, as old versions of software may leave your computer vulnerable to hackers and other cyber criminals. Most operating systems and software will notify you when it’s time to upgrade. Update them as soon as you can - you can even save time by enabling auto-update. #staysafe goo.gl/9N9hIQPhoto: Forgetting your password is like losing your keys—you can end up locked out of your own account. Make it easy for you—and no one else—to get into your Google Account if your password is lost or stolen. Adding a recovery email address and phone number to your Google Account is like leaving a virtual key under the mat. #staysafe goo.gl/KqC7rFPhoto: Many of us like trying new apps. But take a moment to check out the ratings and permissions before installing that app. Does that calculator app really need to know your location or send an SMS on your behalf? If it’s asking for more permissions than it needs, the app could be malware. When in doubt, check out the ratings, read the comments and consider downloading another app. http://goo.gl/ITfpve #staysafePhoto: Be wary of that email that asks for your social security number or that text message that refers you to a webpage asking for credit card number. Most reputable business won’t ask for your personal information by email or text; Gmail or Google will never ask you to provide this information in an email. Learn more about how detect fraudsters and protect yourself: http://g.co/qnmc #staysafePhoto: Think you’re getting an awesome new program or a cool app? You might be downloading something more sinister as well. Some programs bundle malicious software, also known as malware, as part of their installation process. This software can include potentially annoying or harmful programs like spyware and scammy advertising software—so make sure to get your software from trusted sources. Check out the reputation of the store and the software before you download an app, and on mobile only download apps from trusted sources like Google Play or your phone’s app store or the developer’s own site. http://g.co/sw6y #staysafePhoto: Some sites and services, like your web browser, show you a warning if you want to visit a webpage or service that seems suspicious and might have malware. For example, Google shows warnings on 12-14 million search queries per day. Don’t ignore these warnings; malicious software is often designed not to be seen, so you won't know if your computer becomes infected. Sites that are normally safe can sometimes be under a temporary attack. It’s safest to wait for the malware warning to be removed before visiting the website. http://g.co/xz2j #staysafePhoto: The web is full of great information, but you shouldn’t believe everything you find online. Unfortunately some people seem to—in a 2012 study (http://goo.gl/awsdWa) of 12- to 15-year-olds in the U.K., 31 percent said if they search for something, all the results must contain true information. Be a skeptic and an online sleuth—look for clues like the web address and author information to judge whether you think the information is credible. http://goo.gl/5dx3c7 #staysafePhoto: Do you have your own WiFi network at home? Make sure you use a password to secure your router. If your router comes with a default password, change it. And make your router password different from your network password. If bad guys access your router they could change your settings, snoop on your online activity and even lock you out. #staysafe goo.gl/12OblNPhoto: Is your computer running a little slow, or are strange screens popping up? Your device might be infected with malware. If your computer has been infected, one way to clean it is to scan it with at least one, and ideally a few, high-quality antivirus products. http://g.co/sw6y #staysafePhoto: Want to stay safe on the web? Avoid scams. No, you probably haven’t won the lottery. Or a $1000 gift card. Or a new tablet. Beware of strangers bearing gifts—it’s probably more of a trick than a treat. http://g.co/yq7y 

#staysafePhoto: Want to keep bad guys out of your online accounts? Use a different password for every important online account you have. If bad guys steal your password from one site they won’t be able to access your accounts on other sites. http://g.co/8kfw #staysafePhoto: Do you use a public or shared computer—say, at a library, Internet cafe or a friend’s house? Closing your browser window doesn’t sign you out of your accounts. Always find and use the log out button of your accounts when you’re done using a public or shared computer. http://g.co/q9wz #staysafePhoto: Protect yourself from fraud and online identity theft. Don’t reply if you see a suspicious email, instant message or webpage asking for personal or financial information. And never enter your password if you’ve arrived at a site by following a link in an email or chat that you don’t trust. It’s safer to go directly to the site by typing in the address. #staysafe
goo.gl/uD96R0Photo: Help keep others safe online by reporting scams, spam or phishing attempts. Companies like Google use these reports to get smarter about detecting and preventing spam and scams. Most email providers make it easy to report suspicious emails and phishing scams. To report phishing in Gmail, click the drop-down arrow next to “Reply” and select “Report phishing.” http://g.co/zc27 #staysafePhoto: October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. All month long, we’ll be sharing tips to keep you safe online.

Want to know if a website is safe? Look for the “S”—especially when entering passwords and credit card numbers. Web addresses that start with https:// are safer than those that start with http://. The “S” stands for secure and it means your connection is encrypted. http://g.co/fhns 

#staysafe #ncsamPhoto: Avoid sending sensitive information over email. Use a secure checkout system if you need to share your credit card information, social security number or other sensitive information: http://goo.gl/F8Sxif #staysafePhoto: Browsers help you visit webpages and use your favorite apps and services on the web. Because browsers are often your gateway to the web, it’s important to use a secure browser and keep it up to date. The best modern browsers have built-in security protections and privacy features and will automatically update themselves to make sure you’re always on the latest and most secure version. To find out what kind of browser you’re using, visit www.whatbrowser.org. #staysafePhoto: When you upload a video, by default it’s set as a “Public” video, which means that anybody can view it. You can easily change the privacy settings while you’re uploading the video in the “Privacy Settings” section. Or, if you’ve already uploaded the video, you can change the privacy settings by following some easy steps. http://g.co/8gbv #staysafePhoto: Get to know your email settings and account activity. For example, many email providers let you forward your email to a secondary address—so check your settings to make sure your email is being directed properly (and not being sent to an unfamiliar address). With Gmail, you can also review a list of IP addresses from which your Gmail has been accessed, and see if your account is currently open in another location. Just visit the Security dashboard at https://security.google.com and click on “Recent Activity.” #staysafePhoto: If your mobile device is lost, stolen, damaged or just decides to stop working, you don’t have to lose everything that was on that device. Back up your data. You can upload a copy of your photos, contacts and other files to a backup app or cloud service. Many services will automatically keep you backed up. Once you get a new device, you can pick back up right where you left off. http://g.co/tggy #staysafePhoto: We all share different things with different people—you may share your vacation pictures with your family and your concert photos with your closest friends. Many sites and apps have settings that enable you to choose what you share and with whom. Get to know and use these settings so your photos, invitations, posts, profiles and more are only shared with the people you want. http://g.co/njbp #staysafePhoto: Need to check your bank account statement or medical records online? Check them from your own devices and own accounts. When you do sensitive online tasks from a shared computer or account, you risk leaving your most sensitive information vulnerable to prying eyes. There could be malware on the device or you could forget to sign out of the shared account. http://g.co/q9wz #staysafePhoto: