Get off to a safe start
The Internet offers so many opportunities to explore, create and collaborate. And to make the most of the web, it’s important to keep yourself safe and secure. Whether you’re a new Internet user or an expert, the advice and tools here can help you navigate the web safely and securely.
Secure your passwords
Learn more about how to create strong passwords and keep your information safe.
Signing in and out
Signing into your Google Account is simple and useful—but know when it is important to sign out as well.
Managing multiple accounts
Many devices now support multiple online accounts. Learn more about how to control which account you use, and when.
Check your Gmail settings
If you use Gmail, you can follow these steps to help make sure your account stays safe.
Use secure networks
Be extra careful whenever you go online using a network you don’t know, and learn about setting up your home router and WiFi network securely.
Lock your screen or device
You wouldn’t go out for the day and leave your front door wide open, right? Find out why you should also lock your screen or device.
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.
Discover the Top 5 Google online safety features designed to help you keep your family safe online.
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).
Browse the web in private
When you want to browse the web in private, use 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.
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.
Get an alert 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.
Manage the data stored in your Google Account
Google Dashboard shows you what's stored in your Google Account and provides an overview of some of your recent account activity. From one central location, you can easily view your data and activity and access your settings for services such as Blogger, Calendar, Docs, Google+ and more.