Keep your data secure
It’s important to teach your family good online safety habits so 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
Malware is the generic term for any software that causes harm to your computer. This can include programs such as viruses (which attach themselves to other programs), trojans (which disguise themselves as other programs), spyware (which provide the programmer with access to your computer or its data) and keyloggers (which record everything you type and send it to the programmer.) Malware can have a number of effects on your computer, from stealing your data to hurting your computer’s performance, to making it stop working entirely. Parent should teach their kids to not download anything from the internet unless it is from a trusted source and to never click on any links that come anonymously through e-mail.
Make sure you don’t have Torrent software installed on your computer. This software allows peer-to-peer (P2P) downloading and many Torrent files are actually malware. The most common Torrent programs are uTorrent and Vuze (formerly called Azuerus). Use your browser’s security tools and also install good anti-malware software on your computer (Be careful, though: there is a lot of malware available that masquerades as anti-malware).
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 to 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 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.