09 February 2023

Safer Internet Day

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You may have missed it, but February 7th was the international 'Safer Internet Day'. An extra reason to pay attention to how to use the internet more safely, and to protect confidential information and privacy.
To prevent unwanted interference in elections and help protect democracies, Google has formed partnerships with the International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES) and Defending Digital Campaigns (DDC). It is also giving 100,000 Titan security keys free of charge to high-risk individuals this year.
Cyber attacks and data leaks are the most damaging for 'ordinary' users. You can use a password tool like Google Password Manager to protect your personal information. In addition, Google uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to protect Gmail users: almost 15 billion unwanted messages are blocked every day, which is more than 99.9% of spam, phishing and malware!

New security measures, such as biometrics

A new spam protection in Google Drive will be rolled out in the coming weeks. There will be a new view in Drive for content that has been automatically or manually classified as spam. This is similar to the spam folder in Gmail, making it easier to monitor and protect unwanted content.
Google is also working on security in other areas. Google Password Manager allows you to securely enter your password in Chrome and Android. For computers that support this functionality, the ability to use biometric authentication (your fingerprint or face) before entering, copying or editing your saved password is added, without having to enter your password each time.
Soon it will also be possible to set up a Face ID to protect your privacy, so that if someone has your phone or computer, they cannot view it to access your data.
Virtual card numbers are created for credit card holders. These are unique numbers for online transactions, so real card numbers aren't shared with merchants, so payment information remains secure (currently only available to Capital One and American Express cardholders).

The most important thing however...

But most importantly, remain critical and suspicious of users you don't know, or people who ask you to click on a link. After all, human curiosity is the weakest link in the chain of security…

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