MANILA -- Google on Thursday offered 6 tips for the billions of people who use the Internet to make their online presence safe from hacking and fraud.
By strengthening their online defenses, internet users can be sure that their online information is secure, Google said. The world marked Safer Internet Day on Wednesday.
Here are 6 ways to a safer online experience, according to Google:
1. Keep software up to date across devices, including mobile and desktop.
2. Use a unique password for every account. Think of it as having a different key to your front door, office and car. Passwords should be at least 8 characters long. Consider using a password manager.
3. Take the Security Checkup on your Google account to spot possible unauthorized log-ins and access to your data.
4. Add a recovery phone number or email address to help you regain access to your account in case you can't sign in and keep these details updated. Some services use the recovery email to alert users on suspicious activity such as unauthorized logins.
5. Use 2-Step Verification to add another layer of security before accessing your account. This could come in the form of a code that is sent to a trusted device or a physical security key.
6. For parents, teach your children about Internet safety. Google's Family Link allows users to manage their children's account settings and block certain apps and websites.