We have already written a tutorial on How to check if your Gmail is hacked. Recently Gmail added a security level by adding mobile number verification for Google accounts. One thing which is common with Gmail accounts is, that it is linked with several accounts like Blogspot, Analytic, Webmaster tools, and so on.
This is good but a disadvantage of this is the chances of security leaks from the user side. Specially Orkut is one of the most targeted ways to hack people’s accounts. Here I have noted down a few Gmail account security tips which will help you to keep your Gmail account secure and safe.
Gmail account security tips:
1. Logging Out
Whenever not using your own computer, make sure you end your authenticated session with Google by signing out once your work is over. However, if you forgot to sign out you need not panic. You could open a new session by signing in from another computer and use the remote sign out to close any possibly open sessions.
2. Strong Password & enable 2-step authentication
Ordinarily, you should change your password at least once a year. I definitely do. And also make sure your password is not a very easy string but a combination of characters and numbers. You could also make it more secure by using case-sensitive characters or special characters.
You can read earlier tutorials on How to create strong and smart password and also check your password strength with brute force calculator.
Along with using a strong password, you should also enable 2 step authentication. This ensures that even if someone gets access to your password, they won’t be able to log in.
In 2 step authentication, you use Google authenticator app to generate codes which are time-sensitive. Only you have access to it as long as you have your phone with you.
3. Beware of Phishing
Always make sure of the website address in the address bar of your browser before you enter your Google account credentials. It could possibly be trying to steal your access info. If you are unsure of the page’s origin refrain from signing in there. The same goes for emails you might receive asking for your password. Beware of these.
4. Use of HTTPS
Your computer rapidly sends and receives data from the Google servers when you access your account. If you enable this service from the Settings page, your data is encrypted before transmission. You will also see HTTPS instead of HTTP when you access the Gmail site after enabling this.
5. Review Attachments
Although Google has inbuilt virus scan features for both incoming and outgoing attachments, still its advised not to open an attachment that you have not been expecting. It could carry malware that might harm your computer. You could mail the person back, if curious, and ask about the attachment first.
6. Use Authentication Icon
Recently Gmail added a new feature Authentication icon for eBay and Paypal, and we are expecting that they will increase the no. of websites in the list. In this feature any email coming from eBay or PayPal site will have a verified icon else no icons means, that email is a phishing email.
7. Update Recovery Info
Whenever you lose access to your account, by losing the password, for instance, this information comes in handy and helps you restore your account access.
So make sure this info is always updated. Your security answer should be unique and should not be easily cracked down using the hit and trial method. You could also include a secondary email address and your mobile number where you will receive the account reset link if the need arises.
Tell us if you found any of these helpful. Or if you have any effective tips of your own do share them with us.