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Building protection into everything that we make

Google services are continuously protected by one of the world’s most advanced security infrastructures. This built-in security detects and prevents online threats, so you can be confident that your personal information is secure.

Keeping you safer with continuously updated security technologies

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  • Encryption keeps data private and secure while in transit

    Encryption brings a higher level of security and privacy to our services. When you send an email, share a video, visit a website or store your photos, the data that you create moves between your device, Google services and our data centres. We protect this data with multiple layers of security, including leading encryption technology such as HTTPS and Transport Layer Security.

  • Our cloud infrastructure protects data 24/7

    From custom-designed data centres to undersea fibre cables that transfer data between continents, we operate one of the world’s most secure and reliable cloud infrastructures. And it is continuously monitored to protect your data and make it available when you need it. In fact, we distribute data across multiple data centres, so that in the event of a fire or natural disaster, it can be automatically and seamlessly shifted to stable and secure locations.

  • Gmail protects you from suspicious emails and alerts you to risks

    Many malware and phishing attacks start with an email. Gmail protects you from spam, phishing and malware better than any other email service. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, Gmail analyses patterns in billions of messages to identify characteristics of emails that users marked as spam, and uses those markers to block 99.9 per cent of suspicious or dangerous emails before they ever reach you.

    Gmail offers other protections, such as sending alerts when a potentially risky email comes through, letting you manually 'Report spam' for suspicious emails, and confidential mode, which makes your messages expire after a set period of time and removes the option for recipients to forward, copy, download or print your message.

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  • Automatic Chrome updates protect you from malware and deceptive sites

    Security technologies are always changing, so Chrome regularly checks to make sure that the version of the browser that you’re using is up to date. This includes the latest security fixes, protections from malware and deceptive sites and more. And it updates automatically, so being protected by the latest Chrome security technology is easy.

  • Blocking malicious and misleading ads before they impact you

    Your security and online experience can be affected by ads that carry malware, cover content that you are trying to see, promote fake goods or otherwise violate our advertising policies. We take this problem very seriously. Every year we block billions of bad ads – on average, 100 per second – through a combination of live reviewers and sophisticated software blocks. We also give you tools to report offensive ads and control what types of ads that you see. And we actively publish our insights and best practices to help make the Internet safer for all.

  • We do not give governments direct access to data

    We never give 'back door' access to user data or our servers that store user data, ever. That means no government entity, US or otherwise, has direct access to our users’ information. We review any requests for user data that we receive, push back when a request is overly broad, and are open about our data requests in our Transparency Report.

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  • Keeping your Android device, apps and data safe with Google Play Protect

    Google Play Protect is built in to your Android device and continuously works behind the scenes to keep your device, data and apps safe. We scan your apps before, during and after download – regardless of where you are downloading them from.

  • Personalised security notifications alert you to potential issues and help you stay secure

    We’ll proactively notify you if we detect something that we think you should know about, such as a suspicious login or a malicious website, file or app, and provide guidance to help you stay better protected. For example, on Gmail, we’ll warn you before you download an attachment that could put your security at risk or if someone logs in to your account from a device not associated with you. When we detect something suspicious in your account, we’ll send a notification to your inbox or phone so that you can protect your account with one click.

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