Will there be ads in my Swarthmore Google Account?

No. Google Apps for Education will not have ads.

What Browser(s) should I use to access my Swarthmore Google Account?

We recommend using Google's own Chrome web browser when working within the Google product suite for best performance.  Firefox would be second.

Who owns the data I put on my Swarthmore Google Account?

Our contract with Google states that Swarthmore College (or its students, faculty, and staff) are the sole owners of data stored in Google Apps and ensures FERPA- and HIPAA-compliant file storage, and also specifies that Google has no claim to ownership of Swarthmore’s data nor will they data mine it

What Google services are available with my Swarthmore Google account?

G Suite includes popular services such as Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and YouTube as well as many other applications: https://workspace.google.com/features/.

At times you may come across links to Google services that Swarthmore isn't offering and you'll see a "Service not available" message. 

How reliable are Google Apps? I’ve heard of outages occurring.

Google services go down very rarely – Google guarantees that services will be available at least 99.9% of the time. You can check on the status of various Google Apps on their App Status Page or on The Dash (we'll post if there's an issue).

Are Google Apps backed up? I’m concerned about losing data.

Google stores your data on multiple servers in different locations. In addition, Swarthmore has added an additional service for departmental folders. Departmental folders will be owned and managed by the College. This will provide departments with the familiar folder structure. 

Can I log in to multiple Google accounts?

Yes! Here's how to allow multiple Google accounts in the same web browsing session

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