Keep your data secure
It’s important to teach your family good online safety habits so they can stay safe as they explore and use the web. Our expert partners have come up with a few simple tips to help you and your family do just that.
Advice from our partners
- Be careful where you click. Fake or malicious websites (or legitimate ones that have been hacked by criminals) can jeopardize your device and the data on it. Sometimes called “drive-by downloads,” these sites can install malicious software onto your device if you visit them or perhaps click on the sites’ links. Often they look legitimate, offer something too good to be true or contain some type of inappropriate or illegal content, such as sexually explicit material, gambling or free movies or music.
- Don’t get caught by phishers. Phishing is when you get an email or a social media message that looks like it’s coming from a legitimate place such as a bank or social networking site. If you click on a link in the message, you're taken to a website that looks legitimate but could be run by criminals trying to trick you to sign in with your username and password so they can capture that information. Your best bet is not to click on the link but rather type the web address (such as mybank.com) into your browser window and go to the site that way.
- Be smart about passwords. Having strong passwords and changing them periodically is fundamental to your and everybody's security. Don't use the same password on all sites. If you need help remembering lots of passwords that are changed often, you can use password management software to remember and enter your passwords for you. There are easy ways to do all this, as we explain in Tips for Strong, Secure Passwords.
- Keep security software current and automate the updates: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
- When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete it.
- Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
Discover the Top 5 Google safety features designed to help you keep your family safe online.
Get family-friendly results from Search
By enabling SafeSearch, you can filter out most of the mature content that you or your family may prefer to avoid. If an inappropriate result does sneak through, you can report it to Google. We're always working to improve our content filters, and this kind of feedback can help us make SafeSearch better for everyone.
Set a filter to keep inappropriate content out
If you’d prefer to not to see mature or age-restricted content as you browse YouTube, scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and enable Safety Mode. Safety Mode helps filter out potentially objectionable content from search, related videos, playlists, shows, and films.
Limit access to just approved apps and games
Want to share your tablet without sharing all your stuff? On Android tablets running 4.3 and higher, you can create restricted profiles that limit the access that other users have to features and content on your tablet.
Use app ratings to choose age-appropriate apps
Just like at the movies, you can decide which Google Play apps are appropriate for your family by looking at the ratings: everyone, low maturity, medium maturity, or high maturity. You can filter apps by level, and also lock the filtering level with a simple PIN code (keeping other users from accidentally disabling the filter).