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
Malicious software, or malware, is an unfortunate fact of life when using the internet. Malware includes viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and adware. These can have not only disruptive impacts on how your computer operates, but can also be used to steal your personal information or even allow your computer to be remotely controlled and used for illegal purposes. Malware can be spread in a variety of different ways: through email, either through attachments or links, clicking on pop-ups or even by visiting infected websites. It is important to practice safe internet behaviour which lowers your risk of being infected by malware and also by using anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
To protect yourself from Malware, these are a few simple tips to follow:
- Install and maintain anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
- Do not use the internet when signed in as an administrator on your computer
- Do not open emails from people you do not know and are not expecting
- Do not click on a link in an email
- Use spam filters
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 your user has visited and block the sites that 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.