It doesn’t matter whether you Gmail account has been compromised or not till now. But a point that is always to be kept in mind is that hackers are always keeping a close watch on everyone and you might don’t know even when you are their target.
To be on the safer side today i have listed out our best top 6 security tips. These tips are applicable for everyone Because there are certain things in Gmail which you should always take care of to prevent your account from hacking.
Change your Gmail password regularly
It does not matter whether your account has been compromised or not, that you keep this as a practice to change your passwords once in a month or six months or fortnightly. Some of the popular and common hints for creating stronger passwords will include the following criterion:
- Choose a unique password.
- Do not use a word that is of common use like those that are available in the dictionary or your personal information like your spouse’s name, etc.
- Create an alphanumeric password with symbols.
- Use case-sensitive passwords.
Update your account recovery options
This is a common thing that with so many passwords to remember, and cannot be written down, it is good to develop a very good recovery system especially like making the best use of Google’s recovery options. To update these options, visit the Google account settings.
Click on the link “Recovering your password”, which will take you to the page to enter the following options like recovery email address, which is also called secondary email address, sms (or in other words, your phone number) and a secret question. The secret question will be the final option, and choose an easy one to remember, which others will not get to know about you.
Turn on 2-step verification
This unique verification process is an initiative from Google for adding an additional layer of security to your Gmail account. This process will require you to sign in with something you know like your password, and something that you have been sent from the vicious eyes of Gmail employee against the vicious eyes of the hackers like a number code being sent to your phone for verification of both your phone and the account. Make the best use of this by following the instructions on the “2-step verification setup page”.
Check the list of websites that are authorized to access your Google Account data
Follow these simple steps to access the websites that has been authorized to visit your Google account.
- Sign into the Google accounts homepage.
- Click the My Account link displayed at the top right of the page.
- Click the authorizing applications and sites, which will list all the third party sites to which you have granted access.
- Click the Revoke access link to disable access for a site.
Keep this as a schedule to check your account at least once in a year or once in six months to see that only the websites that you know are authorized to gain access to your account data, including your password.
Use a secure connection to sign in
While you are trying to access to your Gmail settings, create the habit of using “https” only. This setting has been devised to prevent your personal information from being stolen, especially when you are accessing your account from a public wireless network like a cafe or a hotel.
Check for any strange recent activity against your Gmail account
The best way to do this is to click onto the details of this link, which will include the “last account activity” for entry at the bottom of your account to see the time, date, IP address and the associated location of recent access to your account.