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Step 2: Identify data vulnerabilities.
a. As you can see by the video, data in the Google datacenters are well protected, however, when using
Google, not all your data is located in the Google datacenter. Where else can you find your data when
using the Google search engine?
b. Can you take steps to protect data when using the Google search engine? What are a few measures you
can use to protect your data?
Part 2: Improving your Google Account Security
The greatest threat when using web-based services like Google is protecting your personal account
information (username and password). To make things worse, these accounts are commonly shared and
used to authenticate you to other web-based services, like Facebook, Amazon, or LinkedIn. You have several
options to improve the handling of your Google login credentials. These measures include creating a two-step
verification or an access code with your username and password. Google also supports the use of security
keys. In this activity, you will watch a short video and try to identify measures that can be taken to protect your
credentials when using web-based accounts.
Step 1: Open a browser and view the following video:
The Key to Working Smarter, Faster, and Safer
a. What is two-step verification? How can it protect your Google account?
b. What is a security key and what does it do? Can you use the security key on multiple systems?
c. Click here
for common questions about the Security Key. If you set up your account to use a security key,
can you still get in without having the physical key?
Step 2: Protect Gmail Account Access.
a. The use of a Gmail account has become extremely popular. Google now has over 1 billion active Gmail
accounts. One of the convenient features of Gmail accounts is the ability to grant access to other users.
This share access feature creates a shared email account. Hackers can use this feature to access your
Gmail account. To check your account, log in to your Gmail account, and click the gear icon in the top
right corner (settings). When the settings screen opens, a menu bar is displayed under the Settings
screen title. (General – Labels – Inbox – Accounts and Import – Filters and Blocked Addresses …)
b. Click the Accounts and Import menu item. Check the Grant access to your account option. Delete any
unauthorized shared users of your account.