Google India announces public safety initiative for data protection

Feb 07, 2018, 13:17 IST | Gaurav Sarkar

With cyber criminals looking at every opportunity to strike anyone with a mobile device and an internet connection, ensuring the safety of one's phone has become paramount, especially for first-time user

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With cyber criminals looking at every opportunity to strike anyone with a mobile device and an internet connection, ensuring the safety of one's phone has become paramount, especially for first-time users.

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To this end, Google India on Monday announced its public safety initiative called #SecurityCheckKiya, asking people to take simple, yet vital actions to safeguard their Android devices from malicious apps as well as secure their personal data if they lose their device. The initiative has been undertaken keeping in mind a large base of unsuspecting first-time internet users. Speaking about it, Sunita Mohanty, Google India's director for trust and safety, said, "Just like in the physical world, where we are careful about the information we share with strangers, users in India should take precautions while engaging with the online world. While security is built into all Google services, keeping the web safe for everyone is a shared responsibility."

"Through our initiative, we want to nudge internet users to take action to safeguard themselves, because the first step toward a safer internet starts with them. We are asking users to get started on their journey by securing their data and devices, by asking them #SecurityCheckKiya," she added.

Take note of Google's guide to web safety 
Step 1: For all Android Devices and Gmail users
On desktop: Go to my account > sign-in and security > run security check.
On mobile: Visit your Gmail app, tap > settings > tap on your ID > my account> sign-in and security > run security check.

Step 2: For all Android mobile devices
Open your device's Google Play Store app.
Tap Menu > look for the Play Protect icon.
Alternatively, you can also go to your phone settings > security and location > Google Play Protect.

Step 3: Locate a lost device
Download Find My Device app: Visit android.com/find to locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices — phones, tablets, and even watches.

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