We are going to share easy tips to help you strengthen the security of your Gmail account. We’ll show you the steps to ensure that data in Gmail remains safe and protected.
Protecting your Gmail account is essential since you can use it to sign in into many other websites/services, it is a sensitive account if you think about how much information is associated with that single sign-in — your email, documents, photos, files, and much more.
If someone steals your password and gets access to your account lots of damage can be caused.
Follow the steps below to ensure that your Gmail account is as guarded as it can be and no longer at risk of being compromised.
1. Security Checkup
Checking if your account is really secure is very important and Google provides you with a nice interface to run security checks. Click on the tab Security, in the menu on the left, then on “First Steps”. Google will automatically run the analysis and give you the result, Unless you get a response like “no issues found”, you should review your settings.
There are five items in this checklist to run through.
You can check all your signed-in devices.
Recent security events
You can now see recent security events. It shows you when you logged into your account from different devices.
The next section is for 2-Step Verification.
Here you’ll see addresses that you have blocked, any automatic forwarding configured, and other features.
Your saved passwords
It shows you how many passwords you have saved.
2. Reinforce your Gmail password
Sounds obvious but it is extremely important. Believe it or not, even these days people use weak “P@ssw0rds” making the job of online criminals easier.
Pick a unique and strong password and Do not use your Gmail password to sign into any other websites or services.
A strong password must be unique, minimum of eight characters, using letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and symbols.
3 – Check the devices with access to your account
Review all devices that accessed your account, If you don’t recognize any of them, change your password immediately.
4 – Avoid phishing e-mails
Do not click on links from unknown or suspicious emails, they can be phishing to steal your information. In most cases, Gmail filters spam emails automatically preventing you from receiving these on your inbox.
5 – Set up recovery information
Make sure you have updated recovery information as a backup in case your account becomes compromised. Check the steps below:
Go to your Google Account
On the left navigation panel, click Personal info
On the Contact info section, click Email or Phone
From here, you can: Add a recovery email. Change or delete your recovery email: Next to your email, select Edit
Follow the steps on the screen.