google security checkup

Update, February 8, 2016: For Safer Internet Day 2016, Google is giving away another 2GB of free storage for your Drive, Gmail, and Photos. Just head over to this link and go through the quick checklist to take advantage of this win-win offer. You get additional storage (that does not expire) and you make sure your security is up to notch.

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Original post, February 10, 2015: Today is Safer Internet Day, so Google is giving everyone 2 GB of extra Drive storage to do something that everyone should be doing anyway: secure their Google accounts.

As Target, Sony Pictures, and a bunch of Hollywood A-listers can attest, online security is not something you want to take lightly. Last year, we’ve seen hacking incidents on an epic scale, and 2015 will probably be no different. And, while it’s corporate hacks that usually make the headlines, regular users need to be just as careful about how they secure their digital lives.

Google has a bevy of security measures in place, including two-factor authentication, app authorization, and various ways to regain access to your account. But not all users know about these features or care enough to set them up. So Google is bribing users with 2 GB of free storage space for Drive.

All you need to do to get the free storage is go through this simple Security Checkup to see if the following security features are properly set up:

  • Recovery information
  • Recent activity
  • Account permissions
  • App passwords
  • 2-step verification

Once you go through everything and you see the green checkmarks, you automatically qualify for the 2GB of free storage. Google will allocate the extra space around and let you know through an email.

Again, there’s no reason not to set up these simple security measures. Two-step verification in particular will shield you from any unwanted access to your Google account. Go through the Security Checkup here.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • SubzeroSC

    Two step verification is a must for any sort of account this days. If you don’t have it enabled do yourself a favor and do it now.

    • MasterMuffin


      • SubzeroSC

        Agree to disagree.

        • MasterMuffin

          See you when my account(s) get hacked :)

          • Guest

            Obvious troll is obvious

      • Boutchoo

        I recently got my Gmail account “Hi-jacked”, he got access to my Origin PC Account and played my games, he also got access to my Google Drive with my personal photos.
        My password is 19 characters long with special characters, Capital letters and numbers but still got inside of it. Now that I enabled Two-step verification, I feel safe to approve or not when someone connects from a new IP.
        It takes about a minute to configure and can save a lot of time in the long run.

    • wrkerr

      I agree. I had my Google account hacked a couple years ago. I turned on 2-step verification after that, and have had no problems since. I wish more services utilized it.

    • Guillermo Barreiro


    • Alex Ohannes

      Depending on your routine, it may not be doing yourself a favor. Just ask Jayce.

      • SubzeroSC

        Could you share more details why is that, which phones Android iOS Window Phone ? Thanks.

        • Alex Ohannes

          I use Google services in many places throughout the week, and I do not currently have an activated smartphone. Also, I have some legacy devices (E.G. Palm Pixi) that I want Google services to work with.

          • shadowdude777

            You can print out and carry backup codes in your wallet. You can also generate a 1-time password for legacy devices that don’t support 2-factor auth.

          • Alex Ohannes

            Wow, I’ve never heard about that. Maybe I’ll certainly consider trying it again.

          • moew

            I am not a cat.

          • Alex Ohannes

            I believe you. You know why? You can’t even spell “meow”. A REAL cat would have spelled it correctly.

    • jetsettingmobilefree

      The only downfall to this is if your in an area without reception/ phone/ or travel and dont use your usual sim while overseas, it would make it a pain to have had, overseas accessing emails is usually when you need it most too

      • alex

        I think if you install the Google Authenticator app on your mobile device it will generate the one time passcodes even without internet access.

    • Lindle

      Only for important accounts, which is just my Gmail right now……. I don’t care about Social Media and I don’t save credit card information on Steam or anyway.

    • RiTCHiE

      yea 2way is a must! And how can i pass on anything free :)

  • abcd

    I did it but didnt get any notification or email about getting 2gb free data on drive. used indian local ip and even though hola vpn as if i am in america. still didnt get any update in drive or email notification.

    • Simon

      Have you read the article?

      • Dr NoBu

        Nahhh….nobody cares what the article says… The most important thing i want my voice to be heard….hear my voice, hear my problem, hear me…the article is irrelevant…

    • RGS

      “Google will allocate the extra space around February 28 and let you know through an email.”

      • Strazdas

        well thats a really shitty way of forcing us to keep those settings. i dont want “app passwords”

        • RGS

          What Google wants you to do is to review your settings. So you can keep or change your settings. If you don’t like app passwords, then you can remove them.

          • Strazdas

            But then i would not fit the checklist of set up features and as such no be eligible.

          • RGS

            If you don’t already use app passwords, I don’t think it will even turn up. If you do, just delete them. I deleted my security question. Reviewing your settings makes you eligible.

          • T.J.

            You only need to review your settings. You don’t need to set them one way or another.

  • Guillermo Barreiro

    I have it, and all the other stuff, like delete my account after 18 months of been not active,

    • SnakeSplitskin

      It’s true. all you have to do is review your security settings. You don’t need to have 2-step verification. I just reviewed my settings and got the 2gb of space. You’ll see the 2gb of space confirmation message on the screen right after you’ve clicked a button to save your current settings.

  • likurges

    yeah, just give more information abour you to google because the more the better isn’t it?

    • Lindle

      Uhhhhhh…… what new thing do you provide.
      Phone number? Email? you likely have these in your account already anyway

    • Влатко Стојанов

      Haha, this guy

  • It’s cool their doing this again. How long does it take for the extra space to show up?

    • T.J.

      February 28th.

      • When I go to upgrade storage it shows I have 19GB but not on my desktop icon or on the website. At least it shows somewhere.

  • Kamel

    Meh, I won’t bother for 2GB

  • Woomera

    thanks for sharing this.