Get 2 GB of Free Google Drive Storage

Google promotes a security feature from the account settings page: security checklist. You can protect your Google Account by reviewing your recovery information (phone, email), your recent activity (a list of devices that have accessed your account in the last 28 days) and your account permissions (sites and applications to which you've granted permission to access your Google Account). There's also a setting that lets you disable access for less secure apps.


It only takes a few minutes to review this information and you'll get a reward: 2 GB of free Google Drive storage. The nice thing is that Google's bonus storage is not limited to 2 or 3 years like in other Google promotions: it's permanently added to your account. You need to complete the checkup by 17 February 2015 and you'll get the free storage at the end of the month.

"After you've gone through the checkup successfully, you'll see three green checkboxes (see below) that confirm you're eligible for the free storage and, more importantly, that you've taken steps to enhance your online safety. We'll be granting the storage automatically to everyone around 28 February 2015 and we'll send you an email when your adjustment is complete," explains Google. It's worth pointing out that "Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education users are not eligible for the bonus storage".

I got 4 green checkboxes for my account: recovery information checked, recent activity checked, access for less secure apps enabled, account permissions checked.

YouTube Radio

YouTube has a feature called YouTube Mix, which automatically creates a playlist with many videos related to the video that's currently playing. Now YouTube tests a new feature based on YouTube Mix: it's called YouTube Radio. "A non-stop radio station based on the current video. You can like, dislike and dismiss videos to tailor  your Radio Station to your taste."


Here are some screenshots that show the existing YouTube Mix feature: