Google set to come to Boston

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Search engine Google will be visiting Boston tomorrow (Friday) to offer a one-off training seminar on internet safety.

The company has embarked on a countrywide roadshow this summer to inform and train the public on how to be safer and more secure online and will be at the Princess Royal Sports Arena at 12pm tomorrow.

The project comes on the back of new Google search insights that indicate Brits are increasingly concerned about how to control the security of their data online, the company is visiting five cities and over 30 schools over the next few months.

A survey of 2,000 people across the UK, revealed that more than a quarter (27 per cent) of those surveyed have had online services they use, such as an email account or online bank account, hacked or targeted by hackers in the last two years.

The survey also revealed that one in ten people reported their personal information has been used online without their permission. In spite of this, almost a quarter, 24 per ent, do not have any kind of security, such as a four-digit code, pattern lock, or fingerprint scan, to secure their smartphone, despite an increasing amount of important personal information being stored on mobile devices.

According to Google data, ‘Email been hacked’, ‘report phishing attacks’ and ‘find my phone’ are the top three questions searched in Boston.

Laurian Clemence from Google UK, said “This is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this, knowing so many people from Boston are searching for information on how to keep their online data secure.

“Our workshops will cover best practices directly from Google’s privacy and security experts on how they can safeguard their passwords, update their account settings, find a stolen device, and check where they are sharing their data in just two minutes, from one place. Anyone can sign up, starting today.”

Attendees at the Boston event will be able to book a one-to-one private consultation with a Google Security Ambassador, while also getting best practice tips on how to keep their personal data safe and secure from a Google security expert.

Coun Aaron Spencer, the council’s portfolio holder for IT, added: “Even IT experts are sometimes challenged by potential threats to systems, so it can be especially daunting when residents receive emails they are not confident about. Safe and secure access to the internet is vital these days, especially for businesses large and small, so precautions need to be taken and updated regularly and all need to be aware of the schemes and scams that fraudsters may use. Not being aware can cause inconvenience at best and be seriously financially damaging at worst.”

People will also have the opportunity to ask Google any of the pressing questions they’ve always wanted to ask, as set out on their new Privacy page.

MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Warman will also be at the event from 12noon untill 1.30pm to welcome people to the event.

To register for the event visit https://events.withgoogle.com/google-safety-workshop-boston/