Keep the bad guys out

You don’t have to be a tech expert to help keep your information safe. Learn about the steps you can take to protect yourself online – like picking strong passwords and installing antivirus software – as well as the ways we fight to secure your information and devices.

  • Avoid scams

    Lots of the people you meet online are great, but a few bad apples can spoil the bunch. Follow these three simple tips to avoid scammers and stay safe on the web.

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  • How we help protect you from scams and personal fraud

    Just like in the offline world, there are con artists and fraudsters on the Internet. Learn more about what Google does to help keep you from getting scammed.

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  • Prevent identity theft

    You wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked, so why leave your online identity unsecured? By avoiding a few common criminal tricks, you can protect yourself from online fraud and identity theft.

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  • How we help you combat identity theft

    Find out more about how Google helps fight identity theft.

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  • Keep your device clean

    Find out some common signs that your device might be infected with malware—malicious software designed to harm your device or network—and how you can protect yourself.

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  • How we help you keep your computer and device clean

    Check out how Google helps protect your computer and device from malware.

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Safety tools

Discover Google safety features designed to help keep you safe online.

Google Accounts

Make your Google Account even more secure

You can add an extra layer of security to your Google Account by enabling 2-step verification. If you have 2-step verification turned on, Google will send a passcode to your mobile phone when someone tries to sign into your account from an unfamiliar computer. This means that if someone steals or guesses your password, the potential attacker still can’t sign in to your account because they don’t have your phone. Now you can protect yourself with something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone).

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Access your settings by clicking your name or picture in the right corner then clicking Account.

At the top, click Security. In the Password box, click Setup next to “2-Step verification.”

You will then see a step-by-step guide which will help you through the setup process.

You’ll then be taken back to 2-step verification settings. Review your settings and add backup phone numbers.

You’re done! Next time you sign in, you’ll receive an SMS with a verification code.

Chrome

Browse the web without saving certain information

When you want to browse the Web in private, enable Incognito Mode in the Chrome browser on your computer, tablet, or phone. In Incognito Mode, the pages you visit and files you download aren’t recorded in Chrome’s browsing or download history.

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Click the Chrome menu → File menu on the browser toolbar.

Select New incognito window.

A new window will open with the incognito icon in the corner. To exit, simply close the window.

Google Accounts

Your Google Account, your way

On your Account settings page, you can see services and information associated with your Google Account and change your security and privacy settings.

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Access settings by clicking your name or picture in the right corner, then clicking Account.

Google Accounts

Be alerted if your name appears on the web

Me on the Web can help you understand and manage what people see when they search for you on Google. It helps you set up Google Alerts so you can monitor if information about you appears online, and it automatically suggests some search terms you may want to keep an eye on.

Learn more

Sign in to your Google Account and navigate to the “Me on the Web” section.

Click Manage my Web Alerts, and then click the red button to create an alert.

Your name will show up in the text field. Click the text field to view more suggested alerts.

Click Add to add an alert. Click the pencil icon to make edits, and the trash can icon to delete.

In the “How often” drop-down, choose the frequency of alerts, and in the “Send to” drop-down, choose where to send the alerts.

Google Accounts

Manage the data stored in your Google Account

Google Dashboard allows you to see and manage data stored in your Google Account. From here, it is simple for you to review your activity across many of your Google services, and make sure only you have been using your account.

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Visit Dashboard to see a summary of the data associated with your Google Account and manage your personal settings.

From here, see and manage data stored in your Google Account.

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