Google offering extra free 2GB of data storage until Feb. 11 if you do Security Checkup

Free 2GB of Google storage is yours, for about 2 minutes of your time to lock down your account security

Google giving away extra 2GB of data storage until Feb. 11
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Google is rewarding users of its services this week with 2 free GB of storage on Google Drive if they take a couple minutes to check on the security of their accounts.

The offer is good through Feb. 11, and kicked off in the name of a made-up thing called Safer Internet Day that apparently started in Europe more than 10 years ago and is celebrated on Feb. 9.

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To earn your extra 2GB of Google Drive storage (you already get 15GB for free, and need to pay by subscription service if you want more to store stuff in Docs, Gmail, etc.), you need to do a Security Checkup of your Google accounts, such as by confirming your recovery information (i.e., a backup email address, a phone number, a security question). You'll also be asked to take a look at Android, iOS, Windows and other devices associated with your account to make sure no strangers are mixed in there. In addition, you need to vet account permissions, such as which third-party apps can access your accounts.

I did this myself and it really did only take a couple of minutes.

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