Google India hosted today Safer Internet Day 2017 in New Delhi and enumerated various online safety measures adopted by it. Google has been consistently working on systems and tools including spam detection and Safe browsing measuring billions of signals across sites and apps to make the web and the constellation of Android apps as well as devices safer.
Safe Browsing feature warns users against unsafe websites found infected with malware, virus or a phishing trap. Google shows tens of millions of safe browsing warnings every week on more than 2 billion devices, across a variety of web browsers.
Google has also developed the “app analyzer”, a modified version of Safe Browsing that specifically hunts for dangerous apps in Google Play, other app stores, and on the web, and warns users on identifying any unsafe application. In addition, Verify Apps, a separate protection runs directly on Android devices, proactively checking more than 6 billion apps and 400 million devices every day.
The users must also take precautions to protect themselves. For instance, they must take a quick Security Checkup, an easy way to review and manage their Google Account’s security settings and keep their Google Account even more secure by visiting privacy.google.com.
On this occasion, Google also announced the winners of the second edition of the Web Rangers initiative in India. Arnav Nagpal (14, Gurgaon), Ashutosh Sahni (17, Jalandhar), Krishna Pandit (14, Noida), Nitika Gadura (13, Bangalore) and Sarthak Gupta (13, New Delhi) were chosen as the top five national winners among thousand of entries received from students across the country..
As part of this contest, young kids were asked to create and run their own online safety campaigns in the form of social campaigns, posters, videos and apps. Winning entries were judged and selected based on creativity, reach and impact.
Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust and Safety, Google India said, “Google remains committed to providing all users a safe online experience, and help make the broader web of sites and apps more secure as well. We’re constantly improving our automatic protections, but we also want to make sure our users are empowered with the controls to adjust their security settings to ensure a safe experience. A big thank you to all the young people who shared with us their brilliant ideas and campaigns and helped us in our endeavor to make the web a safer place”