Google Offers Reward to Users Who Go Through Security Checklist

What the search engine giant is giving people who practice good online security.

ByALYSSA NEWCOMB
February 11, 2015, 1:59 PM
PHOTO: A sign is posted on the exterior of Google headquarters on Jan. 30, 2014 in Mountain View, Calif.
A sign is posted on the exterior of Google headquarters on Jan. 30, 2014 in Mountain View, Calif.
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— -- Google is rewarding its account holders for staying safe online.

We go to the dentist for a check-up, get the oil changed on our cars for regular maintenance, so Google simply wants users to think of the privacy check-up as another periodical step they can take to make sure they're practicing good online hygiene.

Google members who go to account settings and complete a brief security check-up by Feb. 17 will receive 2 GB of free storage space on Google Drive, the company's cloud storage service. Google announced the incentive in connection with the annual Safer Internet Day this week.

Matt Kallman, security expert at Google, said it was a good opportunity for account holders to check in on their digital lives.

"If you have a Google account, it takes two or three minutes," he told ABC News. "It will let you look at your recent activity. If there is anything suspicious you will know who is using your account."

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