Search engine giant, Google, in collaboration with the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), has organised an interactive programme for over 150 students from 10 public schools and five private schools across the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, Abuja, as part of plans to celebrate Safer Internet Day 2018.
According to Google’s Policy & Government Relations Manager, Titi Akinsanmi, this year’s event, themed ’Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you’, reflects Google’s aim to train and inform active internet users in Nigeria about the dangers of online technologies and how users can keep themselves safe online.
‘’Protecting online users is one of our top priorities this year, which is why we are partnering with necessary stakeholders to talk about simple steps that can be taken to help people stay safe and secure while surfing the web whether on a personal computer, tablet or smartphone,” she says.
Today, on Safer Internet Day, Google urges users to check out the Safety Centre site, which contains information about the web – including tools from Google to help keep you and your family safe online. Some of the security steps include;
- Using a long, unique password made up of numbers, letters and symbols on all devices and accounts.
- Not sending passwords via email.
- Setting up password recovery options and keeping them up-to-date.
- Avoiding scams – don’t reply if you see a suspicious email.
- Reporting and flagging content that is abusive or illegal.
- 2-step Verification – Enabling 2-step verification after creating a password for your Google Account and other accounts that allow 2 factor authentication.
- Incognito mode in Chrome – Incognito mode allows you to access webpages and files without any record in your browsing or download history, letting you browse the web in private.
- Google Account Settings – On your Account settings page, you can see services and information associated with your Google Account and change your security and privacy settings.
It is also worthy to note that Google has enabled this training not only in Abuja, but also in all the states of the federation.