Category Archives: Google

Google Wants Access to Utility Poles

Google filed a motion with the FCC to get access to the utility poles. From Brad Reed at BGR news: full article can be read here.

Google this week told the FCC that reclassifying broadband providers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act would have a big side benefit for Google Fiber because it would give Google Fiber the same access to utility poles and other key infrastructure currently enjoyed by Comcast, AT&T and other big-name ISPs.

This would speed up Google’s rollout of fiber cable for Internet service. This would be great for us consumers as it will put more pressure on the current ISPs to increase speed and lower cost. Some of the ISPs are currently blocking not only Google but any company that wants access to those utility poles.

Here’s hoping Google gets what it wants for the new year!



Keeping your Google Account Secure

If you are using public or work computers to access your Google account here I have put together a YouTube video for keeping your account secure. Being connected to your Google account across multiple devices certainly makes it easy to access your favorite websites and tools. However this ease of access to your Google accounts can also be a security concern. Google has some built in security tools for monitoring and securing your Google account across multiple devices.

There are two common scenarios where you should consider using two-step verification.

  1. If you frequently use a work computer to access your Google accounts I would strongly recommend enacting two-step verification to access your accounts. Companies have the ability to log your keystrokes on work computers – this means it would be fairly easy for them to capture your Google account password. By enabling two-step verification someone would have to have your password and your phone present to access your account.
  2. If you use public computers you will also wanna enable two-step verification so on the off chance that someone captures your password on a public computer they also would need to have your phone present to access your Google account.

In either the work scenario or the public computer scenario it would be wise to have a unique password just for your Google account. If you have a unique password just for your Google account and if someone were to capture that password they would not be able to use it to access any of your other digital/online accounts. If you need some help on creating passwords check out my password posts herehere, and here. Enjoy the video!

– Dave