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Introducing train ticket booking on Google Pay, powered by IRCTC

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Users can now buy train tickets directly on Google Pay, at no additional cost

Search, book and cancel train tickets, with ease and convenience, right within the app

Starting today, train ticket booking for Indian Railways, powered by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), is now available on Google Pay!


We’ve been constantly striving to bring Indian users helpful ways to make money transactions simpler, and this is another way to make the lives of our users easier through Google Pay.  

Now, all users in India with the latest Google Pay app using Android and iOS devices will be able to:


Search, book, cancel - All from Google Pay
You will be able to search and browse train options, and book or cancel tickets with your IRCTC account, at no additional cost, within a fast, intuitive and reliable user experience.


See availability and duration
You can easily see details like seat availability, journey duration, and travel times between your stations of choice, so it is easy to compare and choose between options.


Buy tickets at no additional cost
Book your train tickets on Google Pay, without any extra charges, as we launch. So go ahead, update your app to check it out now!
Search, Select and Book right within Google Pay


We have already seen hugely encouraging user response for cab and bus ticket booking options on Google Pay with abhiBus, Goibibo, RedBus, Uber* and Yatra. Now with IRCTC on Google Pay, your travel is made simpler even on trains.  


In the last year and a half since we launched Google Pay (then known as Tez), we’ve worked to develop new features to make payments simple for our Indian users. We are thrilled that millions of Indians are adopting Google Pay month on month from all over the country, in towns and villages to recharge their mobile plans, pay bills, pay for movies, book cabs, buy bus tickets and more.


We will continue innovating on Google Pay to help you get to where you need to go by bus, by cab, or by train, and make everyday payment transactions a simple process for you.
Enjoy your ride!


Posted by Ambarish Kenghe, Director, Product Management, Google Pay

*only available on Android

Coming to India: Express, a faster way to back up with Google Photos

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Since introducing Google Photos, we’ve aspired to be the home for all of your photos, helping you bring together a lifetime of memories in one place. To safely store your memories, we’ve offered two backup options: Original Quality and High Quality. However, in India specifically, we heard from people using the app that their backup experience was at times longer and stalled because they might not always have frequent access to WiFi. In fact, we learned that over a third of people using Google Photos in India have some photos that hadn’t been backed up in over a month.


We want to make sure we’re building experiences in our app that meet the unique needs for people no matter where they are, so last December, we began offering a new backup option in Google Photos called Express backup to a small percentage of people using Google Photos on Android in India. Express provides faster backup at a reduced resolution, making it easier to ensure memories are saved even when you might have poor or infrequent WiFi connectivity.



Over the past week, we’ve started rolling out Express backup to more users in India and by the end of the week, Android users on the latest version of Google Photos should start seeing it as an option for backup. In addition to Express, you will still have the option to choose from the existing backup options: Original Quality and High Quality. And, in addition to rolling out Express as an additional backup option in India, we’re also introducing a new Data Cap option for backup. This gives users more granular daily controls for using cellular data to back up. People can select from a range of daily caps, starting at 5MB.


We’re starting to bring Express backup to dozens of other countries, rolling out slowly so we can listen to feedback and continue to improve the backup experience around the world.

Posted by Raja Ayyagari, Product Manager, Google Photos

Introducing YouTube Music in India

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From classics like Tujhe Dekha Toh, to global sensations like Kolaveri Di, to recent rap song Apna Time Aayega, and landmark videos like Despacito, Lahore, Rangamma Mangamma, more than 1 billion music fans come to YouTube each month to be part of music culture and discover new music. It’s also where over 2 million artists come to share their voices and art with the world. YouTube is where artists and fans connect: creating and discovering a world of music.

We are introducing YouTube Music, our made-for-music app with the magic of YouTube: making the world of music easier to explore and more personalized than ever to users in India. The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over. Whether you want to listen, watch or discover, it’s all here.



YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music: official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube’s tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you may not be able to find anywhere else - all simply organized and personalized. For the first time, all the ways music moves you can be found in one place.
While fans can enjoy the new ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free, we’re also launching YouTube Music Premium, a paid membership that allows you to play a YouTube music video in the background while you toggle between apps, write a text message or lock your phone while you’re going for a run, along with offline downloads and an ad-free experience for ₹99* a month.
If you are a subscriber to Google Play Music, there’s good news: You get a YouTube Music Premium membership as part of your subscription each month. And if you use Google Play Music, nothing will change -- you’ll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always.
Here are six reasons why we think you will like it:
1/It’s ALL here! Not just music videos, but official songs, albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers and hard-to-find music that one can find only on YouTube.
2/ Recommendations built for you. A home screen that dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on the music played before and what the listener is doing. So if you are in the gym workin’ out or escaping during your daily commute, the right music is right there on the YouTube Music app.
3/ Thousands of playlists across any genre, mood, activity, or language. Try “Bollywood Hotlist”, “Featuring Drake”, “Upbeat Hindi Retro”, “Cosmic Indie Pop”, “Kollywood Hotlist” or “Tollywood Hotlist” to discover new music.
4/ Smart search so we’ll find the song, even if you can’t remember what it’s called. “That rap song with flute”?  We got you. You can also search by lyrics (even if they’re wrong). It’s “Starbucks lovers,” right?
5/ The hottest videos. YouTube Music will keep you updated on what’s hot! The hottest videos in the world are right there, on their dedicated Hotlist screen. Today in India, it features Luka Chuppi, Petta - Marana Mass Official Video, Thassadiyya Full Video Song.
6/ Download your favorite tracks. For paid members your Offline Mixtape automatically downloads up to 100 songs you love on your mobile device, in case you forgot to do it yourself. And yes, paid members can also download songs, videos, albums or playlists too. Visit the Library tab to find it easily, along with your other downloaded albums, songs, and playlists. Adjust number of songs to download and more in your download settings.
To extend the features of YouTube Music Premium beyond the music app, we’re also introducing YouTube Premium, YouTube Premium includes ad-free, background and offline play across all of YouTube, as well as access to YouTube Originals including Cobra Kai, BTS: Burn The Stage. But because it includes our brand new YouTube Music service, the price will be 129 rupees for all new members.
Samsung Galaxy S10 customers have a reason to celebrate too! Samsung Galaxy S10 users can enjoy 4 months of free, uninterrupted access to YouTube Premium, which includes access to YouTube Music*.
By T.Jay Fowler, Director of Product Management, Music Products, YouTube

Note: *Standard eligibility applies: Offer only available to customers who are not current YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium or Google Play Music subscribers. At the end of the trial period, users will be automatically charged the standard subscription price unless cancelled before the end of the trial. Offer must be redeemed by March 31, 2020.

Introducing Class II of Launchpad Accelerator India

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In December 2018, we opened applications for Class II of Launchpad Accelerator India and are thrilled to announce the start of the new class.
The second batch of the Launchpad Accelerator India announced
Similar to Class I, these 10 incredible startups will get access to the best of Google -- including mentorship from Google teams and industry experts, free support, cloud credits, and more. These startups will undergo an intensive 1-week mentorship bootcamp in March, followed by more engagements in April and May.  


At the bootcamp, they will meet with mentors both from Google and subject matter experts from the industry to set their goals for the upcoming three months. During the course of the program, the startups will receive insights and support on advanced technologies such as ML, in-depth design sprints for specifically identified challenges, guidance on focused tech projects, networking opportunities at industry events, and much more.


The first class kicks off today in Bangalore.


Meet the 10 startups of Class II:


(1) Opentalk Pvt Ltd: An app to talk to new people around the world, become a better speaker and make new friends
(2) THB: Helping healthcare providers organize and standardize healthcare information to drive clinical and commercial analytical applications and use cases
(3) Perceptiviti Data Solutions: An AI platform for insurance claim flagging, payment integrity, and fraud and abuse management
(4) DheeYantra: A cognitive conversational AI for Indian vernacular languages
(5) Kaleidofin: Customized financial solutions that combine multiple financial products such as savings, credit, and insurance in intuitive ways, to help customers achieve their real-life goals
(6) FinancePeer: A P2P lending company that connects lenders with borrowers online
(7) SmartCoin: An app for providing credit access to the vastly underserved lower- and middle-income segments through advanced AI/ML models
(8) HRBOT: Using AI and video analytics to find employable candidates in tier 2 and tier 3 cities, remotely.
(9) Savera.ai: A service that remotely maps your roof and helps you make an informed decision about having a solar panel, followed by chatbot-based support to help you learn about solar tech while enabling connections to local service providers
(10) Adiuvo Diagnostics: A rapid wound infection assessment and management device

By Paul Ravindranath, Program Manager, Launchpad Accelerator India

Explore millennia of human inventions in one exhibition

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New inventions have fueled fantasies and shaped human society — from the first stone tools to robotic arms, the steam engine to jet propulsion, pieces of paper to the internet, hieroglyphics to emoji. Take the telescope, for example. Today, the Hubble Space Telescope orbits 340 miles above the Earth, capturing crisp images of 10,000 galaxies that are up to 13 billion years old. The idea for the telescope was born in 1608 from Dutch spectacle-maker Hans Lippershey's idea, and Galileo Galileo later improved the design, then pointed it at the sky. Several decades and conceptual explorations later, Govind Swarup built two of the world’s largest radio-telescopes near Ooty and Pune.


Today, we’re celebrating the objects and ideas dreamt up and created by inventors, scientists and dreamers. Thanks to over 110 institutions, including National Council of Science Museums and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research from India, as well as dedicated curators and archivists from 23 countries around the world, you can explore a millennia of human progress in Once Upon a Try, now available on Google Arts & Culture. With over 400 interactive collections, it’s the largest online exhibition about inventions, discoveries, and innovations ever created.



Watch a documentary about Govind Swarup’s inspiring journey of building the largest radio-telescopes in India

See a collection of  100 digitised notes from Albert Einstein via Académie des sciences




Chewang Norphel, the man single-handedly combating climate change with artificial glaciers, a story by Unsung Foundation

Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian woman to go to space, via NASA




Join the journey of chess becoming a global game with Salar Jung Museum

Revisit the story of the first electronic computer developed and commissioned in India with Tata Institute of Fundamental Research




Explore the origins of Ayurveda, the Indian contributions to the field of medicine with National Council of Science Museums

Explore CERN’s 27 km long Large Hadron Collider in a virtual tour

In addition to the exhibition, you can download a “Big Bang” augmented reality app, which we developed in collaboration with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. In the app, you’ll embark on an epic 360-degree journey through the birth and evolution of the universe. With Tilda Swinton as your guide, witness the formation of the very first stars and watch planet Earth take shape in the palm of your hand. Using Google’s machine learning, you can also explore NASA's vast archive of 127,000 historic images with a new tool called NASA's Visual Universe. See the history of discoveries and missions, or search for a term to learn more about the space agency. You can also tour Space Shuttle Discovery — based in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum — in 360 degrees, with the astronauts who once called it home as your hosts.




Within the Once Upon a Try exhibition, you can dive into virtual walkthroughs to tour the sites of great discoveries, from the deep underground of CERN to the high-in-the-sky International Space Station. Zoom into 200,000 artifacts in high definition, like the first map of the Americas and Saturn and its 62 moons. Get the lowdown on big inventions (from zero to emoji to the toilet) or hear five inspirational scientists talk about superpowers — like shapeshifting — that are being created through science. Meet the Einsteins and Curies, or learn more about champions behind-the-scenes — like Chewang Norphel, the man single-handedly combating climate change with artificial glaciers, or Rajnish Jain, who found a method to harness electricity from pine needles, or Mary Anning, the pioneering female paleontologist who discovered the pterodactyl.
Woven through the exhibition are tales of lucky accidents, epic fails and even people who died for their projects — like Röntgen’s fluke discovery of x-rays, Isaac Peral’s ingenious electric submarine that never launched and Marie Curie’s quest to find polonium, which led to her own death from radioactive poisoning. Despite these setbacks, human endeavour is a never-ending journey — and you can imagine that only a few things are as exhilarating as that “eureka” moment when everything falls into place. Get all the tips you need to become and inventor, and learn why it’s important to embrace failure through the stories of pioneers like Ada Lovelace, Mae Jemison and Chien-Shiung Wu.


We hope this tribute to human discovery inspires a new generation of creators to be curious, to seek what lies beyond the known and to try something new. Explore “Once Upon a Try” on Google Arts & Culture or via our iOS or Android app and join the conversation on #OnceUponaTry.

Simon Rein, Program Manager Google Arts & Culture

Introducing ‘Bolo’: a new speech based reading-tutor app that helps children learn to read

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Suman, 12, a fifth grade student from a small village in Uttar Pradesh, loves to tell and listen to stories, but struggles to read a first grade textbook by herself. Unfortunately, she isn’t alone. As per the annual ASER 2018 report, of all students enrolled in grade 5 in rural India, only about half of them can confidently read a grade 2 level textbook. Such lack in reading literacy can significantly impact further education, and ultimately children's ability to realize their full potential.


We believe technology has the power to help transform teaching and learning, and have been actively directing our products, programs and philanthropy to ensure that all students are able to benefit from it. Today, we are further strengthening our efforts by introducing Bolo, an Android app from Google that parents can download to help children improve their reading skills.
Designed for primary grade students, Bolo, powered by Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology, comes with a built-in fun and helpful reading buddy, “Diya”. Diya  encourages, aids, explains and corrects the child, as they read aloud -- anytime, anywhere.


Bolo helps your children:
  • Read all by themselves: Just like a personalized reading tutor, the app assists them at every step, giving both positive and corrective feedback.
  • Choose from a large variety of engaging stories: All the reading material on the app is completely free and the initial catalogue from Storyweaver.org.in includes 50 stories in Hindi & 40 in English; with more being added by other partners soon.
  • Enjoy as they learn: Children can also play interesting word games and earn in-app rewards and badges, helping reading become both fun and a daily habit.
  • Improve at their own pace: Multiple children can use the same app, and track their progress separately. Over time the difficulty level of recommended stories adjusts to their reading skills.
  • Understand English better: Diya can not only read out the text to your child, but also explain the meaning of English text in Hindi.
  • Read without distractions (and without data too): The app works even when offline, so children can just focus on reading and is completely ads free.
  • Stay safe and secure: The app has been designed with children's safety and security in mind and all personal information always stays on device.
From lots of stories, to constructive feedback from reading-buddy “Diya”, and jumble word games, Bolo helps children learn to read in a fun and engaging way


With the help of ASER Centre, we have been piloting Bolo across 200 villages in Uttar Pradesh, India, over the past few months. Early results are very encouraging, and we found that 64% of children showed an improvement in reading proficiency in just 3 months. You can read more about the pilot results here.


Today, we are excited to introduce Bolo to all children and their parents across India, under an open beta program. Additionally, over the next 6 months we will be working closely with four of our nonprofit partners  -- Pratham Education Foundation,  Room to Read, Saajha and Kaivalya Education Foundation - a Piramal Initiative,  who have extensive experience of working in this space and will be able to take Bolo to more children, and further expand our efforts across India. We hope to learn a great deal more with today’s launch and will continue to make it better as we move ahead.


Working together with parents, teachers and the broader education ecosystem, we hope Bolo will contribute in shaping the future of India’s young learners & readers.


Available on the Google Play Store, in India, Bolo will be accessible for all Android smartphones, running Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and higher.  In its current form, the app is designed and optimised for native Hindi speakers, but will evolve over time for other languages. Find out more about Bolo on https://bolo.withgoogle.com.

By Nitin Kashyap, Product Manager & Zohair Hyder, Engineering lead for Bolo, Google India

Google News Initiative: Introducing pan-India training series for journalists covering the upcoming elections

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The Google News Initiative, in partnership with DataLeads and Internews, are thrilled to open registration for PollCheck: Covering India’s Election, a training series to support journalists covering India’s election. We are hosting these trainings in 30 cities across the country in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Bangla, Kannada, Gujarati, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi.


In partnership with DataLeads and Internews, the Google News Initiative will offer training on online verification and fact-checking, journalist digital safety and security, YouTube for elections coverage and data visualization for elections.


Since 2016, Google has trained more than 13,000 journalists in India, across 200+ newsrooms and in 40 cities. Last year, we launched the Google News Initiative India Training Network, focused on online verification and fact-checking. In six months, the Network onboarded 241 trainers in seven languages, who trained 5260 journalists across 40+ cities in India, benefitting 200+ newsrooms and universities. We plan to train another 10,000 journalists in 2019.




The PollCheck training series is for working journalists and freelancers. Journalism students are encouraged to register, and will be given slots on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive an email confirmation with location details.


For more information and to register, please click on the city below.


What: Google News Initiative “PollCheck: Covering India’s Election”
When: 9AM-4:30PM


Location:
Agartala, Tripura  | Sat, Mar 16  | English
Ahmedabad, Gujarat  | Sat, Mar 9  | Gujarati/English (bilingual)
Aizawl, Mizoram  | Sat, Mar 9  | English
Bengaluru, Karnataka  | Fri, Mar 8  | English/Kannada (bilingual)
Bhopal , Madhya Pradesh  | Sun, Mar 17  | Hindi/ English (bilingual)
Bhubaneswar, Odisha  | Sat, Mar 9  | Odia/English (bilingual)
Chandigarh, Punjab/Haryana  | Sat, Mar 9  | English
Chennai, Tamil Nadu  | Mon, Mar 11  | Tamil/English (bilingual)
Dehradun, Uttarakhand  | Sat, Mar 30  | English
Delhi NCR, Delhi  | Tue, Feb 26  | English track + Hindi track
Gangtok, Sikkim  | Sat, Mar 2  | English
Guwahati, Assam | Sat, Mar 9  | English
Hyderabad, Telangana/Andhra Pradesh  | Wed, Mar 13  | Telugu/ English (bilingual)
Imphal, Manipur  | Sat, Mar 23  | English
Indore, Madhya Pradesh  | Sat, Mar 16  | English
Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh  | Sat, Apr 6  | English
Jaipur, Rajasthan  | Fri, Mar 15  | Hindi
Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir | Sat, Mar 9 | English
Kochi, Kerala  | Sat, Mar 2  | English/Malayalam (bilingual)
Kohima, Nagaland  | Sat, Mar 2  | English
Kolkata, West Bengal  | Wed, Mar 6  | English/Bangla (bilingual)
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh  | Mon, Mar 4  | Hindi
Mumbai, Maharashtra  | Fri, Mar 15  | English/Marathi (bilingual)
Panaji, Goa  | Sat, Mar 23  | English
Patna, Bihar  |  Fri, Mar 1  | Hindi
Pune, Maharashtra  | Sat, Mar 16  | English/Marathi (bilingual)
Raipur, Chhattisgarh  | Sat, Mar 16  | Hindi
Ranchi, Jharkhand  | Tue, Mar 12  | Hindi
Shillong, Meghalaya  | Sat, Mar 16  | English
Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh  | Sat, Mar 23  | English/Telugu (bilingual)

By Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab Lead, Asia-Pacific

Kicking off Cloud Study Jams in India

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India is one of the largest and fastest growing cloud services market in Asia Pacific. According to Gartner, India’s IT spending is projected to total $89.2 billion in 2019. The IT buying pattern in India signals the increased use of cloud services by organizations.” This has led to an increase in demand to learn about Google Cloud, Machine Learning and Kubernetes.


To cater to this growing demand, in May 2018, we welcomed our first Google Cloud Developer Community (GCDC) in India, and now we are 11 communities strong - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Pune with more than 10000 members. These communities host frequent meetups to discuss topics like Kubernetes, Google App Engine, Data Science, Machine Learning on Google Cloud. These communities are growing rapidly in terms of membership and frequency of technical meet-ups.


To provide developers an opportunity to stay ahead of the curve, we are happy to introduce Cloud Study Jams in India. Study Jams are community-run study groups for developers. This is a great opportunity to bring members of the community together to learn something in person.  These trainings give developers a specific skill they can use for personal development or career advancement.
With a Cloud Study Jam, developers will learn the fundamental tools and capabilities of Google Cloud. Developers can choose to learn any of the recommended tracks like: Machine Learning, Kubernetes, and Data Science.
As a developer in the study jam, you stand to get free access to:
1. Free access to Qwiklabs Quest (worth $55)
2. Google Cloud Badge from Qwiklabs on completion of codelabs
3. Hands-on experience on Google Cloud Platform
4. Upgrade your skills in Machine Learning, Cloud or Kubernetes


The Cloud Study Jams are now live and you can click here to find a community that is hosting a study jam near you. If you don’t find a study jam near you, follow us on @GoogleDevsIN for the latest updates.
These study jams will run from Feb till June 2019.


Get hands-on with Cloud Study Jams, register now https://events.withgoogle.com/india-cloud-studyjam/
By Biswajeet Malik, Program Manager, Developer Relations India

Protecting your data, no matter where you go on the web

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We’re always working to make sure your data is protected, whether you’re using Google products or checking out your favorite websites and apps.


Today, we’re introducing two new updates that will help keep your data secure, beyond just Google’s sites and apps: Password Checkup, a Chrome extension that helps protect your accounts from third party data breaches, and a new feature called Cross Account Protection.


Password Checkup


We help keep your Google Account safe by proactively detecting and responding to security threats. For example, we already automatically reset the password on your Google Account if it may have been exposed in a third party data breach—a security measure that reduces the risk of your account getting hacked by a factor of ten.


But we want to provide you with the same data breach protections for your accounts, beyond just Google apps and sites. This is where the new Password Checkup Chrome extension can help. If we detect that a username and password on a site you use is one of over 4 billion credentials that we know have been compromised, the extension will trigger an automatic warning and suggest that you change your password.


Or simply click here


We built Password Checkup so that no one, including Google, can learn your account details. To do this, we developed privacy-protecting techniques with the help of cryptography researchers at both Google and Stanford University. For a more technical description of these innovations, check out our security blog post.


This is our first version of the Password Checkup, and we’ll be refining in the coming months. You can take advantage of these new protections right away by installing the extension.


Cross Account Protection


In the rare case that an attacker is able to find a way into your Google Account, we’ve built useful tools to help you quickly get back to safety. Unfortunately, these protections haven’t extended to the apps that you sign into with Google Sign In.


Cross Account Protection helps address this challenge. When apps and sites have implemented it, we’re able to send information about security events—like an account hijacking, for instance—to them so they can protect you, too.


We’ve designed the security events to be extremely limited to protect your privacy:
>>We only share the fact that the security event happened.
>>We only share basic information about the event, like whether your account was hijacked, or if we forced you to log back in because of suspicious activity.
>>We only share information with apps where you have logged in with Google.


We created Cross Account Protection by working closely with other major technology companies, like Adobe, and the standards community at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and OpenID Foundation to make this easy for all apps to implement.




For app developers using Firebase or Google Cloud Identity for Customers & Partners, it is included by default. We’re getting this effort off the ground now, and developers can get started today to improve security for everyone.  


With technologies like Password Checkup and Cross Account Protection, we're continuing to improve the security of our users across the internet, not just on Google. We'll never stop improving our defenses to keep you safe online.

By Kurt Thomas, Security and Anti-Abuse Research Scientist and Adam Dawes, Senior Product Manager, Developer Tools for Identity

Three simple steps to stay safe online

Secure your phone, secure your Google account and take control of your data
& don’t forget to ask your friends #SecurityCheckKiya

Across Google, we build products with strong security protections at their core to continuously and automatically detect and protect you and your data from a wide range of threats. This Safer Internet Day 🔐, we want to remind users about the simple actions they can take to further strengthen their online security.
Secure Your Phone
If you’re an Android user, the safest place to download apps is from the Google Play store. Built into every device with Google Play, Google Play Protect protects your phone 24/7. It scans over 50 billion apps every single day, identifying potentially harmful apps and keeping them off your device or removing them. While Google Play Protect is the ideal security blanket for your mobile device, there are steps you too can take to help ensure your device is safe. Keep your screen locked with a unique password [pattern/ pin]. And if you add your Google account on your device, you’ll be able to find it if it’s lost or stolen. Simply visit android.com/find to locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices—phones, tablets, and even watches.


Users should --
Keep screens locked with a unique password [pattern/ pin].


Add Google account on devices, to be able to find it, if lost or stolen.
Download Find My Device App -- The Find My Device app from Google helps you to easily locate a lost Android device, and keeps your device and information secure.


Visit android.com/find to locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices—phones, tablets, and even watches.


Secure Your Data
We know that keeping your information safe and private is important to you, which is why we’ve baked security and privacy features into all our products. For example, we notify you when you’ve granted access to third-party sites or apps, but it’s really important for you to understand the information that you share with these apps or sites. A quick check on your phone tells you exactly what access  -- including Calendar, Camera, Contacts, Location, Microphone, etc. — you have shared with third party apps. So while you sip your morning coffee tomorrow, spend a minute to skim through app permissions on your phone, and choose the right settings for you.


Android users can --
On Phone, go to Settings > Apps & Notifications > Advanced > App Permissions


Secure Your Account
Just like in the physical world where you go for a regular health check-up, did you know you could do a health checkup of your Google Account? It gives you personalized and actionable security recommendations that help you strengthen the security of your Google Account. Taking the Security Checkup doesn’t just help you stay safer while using Google services, it also includes helpful tips to keep you safer across the web, such as by reminding you to add a screen lock to your mobile phone, reviewing third-party access to your Google Account data, and showing you what sites and apps you may have signed into using your Google Account.


Users can --
On desktop, go to Google Account > Run Security Check

On mobile, visit your Gmail App, tap Menu icon > Settings > tap ID > Manage Your Google Account > Run Security Check


Or simply visit g.co/securitycheckup to take the Security Checkup.


So this Safer Internet Day, don’t forget to ask yourself and your loved ones #SecurityCheckKiya [Have you done the Security Checkup yet?]


By Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust & Safety, India