Keep your data secure
It’s important to teach your family good online safety habits so that 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
For every great and wonderful thing online there are sadly also some very horrible things as well. Malware spam and phishing are some of the significant downsides to the online world. What are they?
Malware is software that you download, usually (without knowing), that tries to damage or disable your computer. Malware can come in many forms, often in links to sites that you might think are safe, or that you know. Spam also takes different forms but is usually content that you get as messages, emails, posts. It is usually sent to all sorts of people from companies and places you don’t know. It is some kind of effort to get you to buy something or visit a website. It is annoying and wastes your time and can also take you to unsafe sites. Phishing is where you get messages from someone pretending to be someone or something they are not. It might be someone pretending to be from your local bank saying you have won something, when in fact it is a person trying to steal information about you. It is important to know what each of these things are so you can avoid giving away information about yourself or family, or losing money or being exposed to things you don’t want to see.
To help you avoid these follow these basic rules:
- If you get a message that sounds too good to be true it probably is. If a message says you won a competition you didn’t enter – delete, delete!
- If a message asks for personal information as part of a “security check,” show to an adult, no reputable company sends out messages just asking for your details, so delete, delete!
- Trust yourself, if a message seems odd, you didn’t ask for it, it offers you free stuff in exchange for information about you. Delete, delete!
Discover the Top 5 Google safety features designed to help you keep your family safe online.
Use Parental controls to filter apps by content rating
You can use Parental controls to restrict the content that can be downloaded or purchased on Google Play. This helps you find appropriate content for you and your family.
Set a filter to keep inappropriate content out
If you’d prefer 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.
Control what your family sees on the Web
If you want to control which sites your family can visit on the Internet you can use Supervised Users in Google Chrome. With Supervised Users you can see the pages that your user has visited and block the sites you don't want your user to see.
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.
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.