Google accounts are more susceptible to hacks than Facebook, Instagram, and Yahoo Mail. In fact, close to one million Google users lost their accounts to hackers via keyloggers, phishing, or due to third-party data breaches. To prevent this, ensure you read this article to the end to discover how to secure your Google account based on the following basis.
- Set a strong password
- Enable Two-Step Verification
- Remove risky access to your data
- Never log in your Google account on anyone’s PC, phone, or tablet
- Update your PC and web browser
- Check links before clicking on the and avoid entering websites you don’t trust
- Remove apps & browser extensions you don’t need
- Avoid suspicious/unknown requests, emails, and web pages
Set a strong password
The easiest way to secure your Google account is to use a strong password that anyone trying to access your account can guess. The password should comprise both upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. For example, PaSSword/$.
Enable Two-Step Verification
Two-Step Verification offers advanced protection to your Google account, making it impossible to phish your account.
Follow the instructions below to turn on Two-Step Verification on your Google account:
- Log in to your Google Account.
- Select Security in the navigation panel.
- Tap or click on 2-Step Verification under “Signing in to Google”.
- Follow the on-screen prompts.
Remove risky access to your data
Be careful of which apps and services you permit to use your Google account info. If you have granted access to apps that use a less secure sign-in technology, we recommend removing them before you are breached.
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Never log in your Google account on anyone’s PC, phone, or tablet
Another way to secure your Gmail is never to access your account on someone else’s mobile device or computer. The reason is that some people have keylogger apps installed on their PC/mobile devices, which stores each of your keyboard input, including your passwords.
Aside from that, some web browsers are set to save passwords automatically without your knowledge.
Update your PC and web browser
New app versions have bugs fixed and comes with the latest security updates that are likely difficult for hackers to breach. So if your apps and web browser are out of date, consider updating them immediately.
Check links before clicking on the and avoid entering websites you don’t trust
Before you click on any link sent to your Gmail or phone, confirm if it is from a trusted and secure source to avoid phishing attacks. Such links and emails look unusual and you should be able to identify them easily.
Remove apps & browser extensions you don’t need
FYI: Your Google account and mobile device/PC becomes more vulnerable to hacks if you have many apps installed on it. So we advise you to only install apps and browser extensions that you use frequently.
Avoid suspicious/unknown requests, emails, and web pages
You can also secure your Google account by ignoring suspicious messages and content. These include avoiding suspicious requests, phone calls, links, web pages, and emails. They could come from someone pretending to be your colleague, family member, or an organization.