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Google Drive Offers More Free Storage for Security Update

Feb. 11, 2015
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Update your security settings and get 2GB of free cloud storage on Google Drive. Sounds like a win-win, right?

Google launched the offer Tuesday in honor of Safer Internet Day, an annual observance sponsored by a European nonprofit group to encourage safer and more responsible technology use, particularly among children.

“It takes just a couple of minutes and, unlike other checkups, it won’t leave you feeling guilty about not flossing,” Alex Vogenthaler, the group product manager for Google Drive, wrote in a blog post.

The Google offer is good through Tuesday, Feb. 17. The update asks users to review security information they’ve already provided and to take a look at some of the apps that have access to their accounts.

It also allows the user to review recent sign-ins to their account and verify that they all look legitimate.

At the end of the update, users will see three green checkmarks that confirm they’ve completed it and are eligible for the 2GB storage bump, which is permanent. Google says the extra storage will be granted automatically at the end of February, and users will receive an email telling them that they’ve gotten it.

Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education users are not eligible for the free storage upgrade, but can still use the update to review settings. Those users already have 30GB of free storage, while most users get 15GB for free and can pay for additional space.

Storage offer from Microsoft

Meanwhile, Microsoft has its own free-storage offer for folks it hopes will use Google search rival, Bing. Members of Bing Rewards, which, as its name suggests, offers prizes for people who use the search engine regularly, can sign up to get 100GB of free storage on Microsoft’s OneDrive for two years.

After signing up, users can go to their Bing Rewards dashboard and find the offer. There are no real requirements for Bing usage to qualify other than signing up — though Microsoft no doubt is hoping users who get the free storage for two years will be willing to pay for it when the time expires.