Will there be ads in my Swarthmore Google account?

No. Google Workspace for Education will not have ads.

What browser(s) should I use to access my Swarthmore Google account?

ITS recommends using Google's Chrome web browser when working within the Google product suite for best performance.

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

Swarthmore's contract with Google states that the 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?

Google Workspace 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. 

Is Google Workspace 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 called Google Shared Drives 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