How to get 2GB free on Google Drive

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A recent blog post by Google details how you can earn an extra 2GB of space for photos, documents, spreadsheets or whatever else you store on Drive. To get your free space, you’ll have to perform a security checkup on your account by February 17, 2015.

Google account recovery information.Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

To get started, head to the Security checkup that Google provides for your account. You’ll need to verify your backup information, including phone number, recovery email address and backup security question. These fields must be filled out for this portion of the security checkup to be considered complete.

Recent activity on your Google account.Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Now you’ll be able to check your recent activity. This is all devices that have recently signed in to your account. If you have any mobile devices you have attached to your Google account, you will see them in this list. If something looks wrong, you’ll be prompted to change the password on your account to make sure the device in question can no longer connect.

Google account permissions.Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

This next section might be a long one if you’ve used Google to log in to many devices or websites. Each device and site will be listed with a Remove button to the right, allowing you to cancel access right now. You can always come back to this at a later time if you change devices or no longer want to use a specific website/service. This is the end of the security checkup if you are not using two-step authentication.

App-specific passwords.Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

If you are using two-step authentication on your account, you may notice that some devices do not support the authentication code. For these, you would have used an application-specific password. This section allows you to revoke any of the devices you no longer want on your account.

Two-step verification settings.Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

The final section of the security checkup includes your 2-step verification settings, which should include a backup phone number and backup codes. The phone number will help you work out access to your account with Google if you lose other methods of logging in, and the backup codes serve as one-use passwords if you lose the authenticator.

After finishing, you’ll see a “Nicely done” page load, and the 2 GB of Drive space will be awarded to your account around February 28, 2015, according to Google. So hurry, and grab your free gigs now!

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