The 5 simple and easy steps to secure your Gmail account

The simple steps to follow to secure your Gmail account is as follow

Step 1: Do a Security Checkup

Click on the Security Checkup to get customized security recommendations for your Google Account, including:

  • Restrict someone from using your account without your permission
  • Alert you if there’s suspicious activity on your account
  • Recover your account if you’re ever locked out by Google

You can learn how to add or change your recovery phone number or email address.

Turn on 2-Step Verification
Another important security tool to keep your google account safe is 2-Step verification.

2-Step Verification helps to prevent a hacker from having unrestricted access to your account, even if they know your password. To avoid common phishing techniques related to text message codes, Use a stronger second verification step:

Increased security: Advanced Protection

If you’re a journalist, activist, or someone else at risk of targeted online attacks, think about enrolling in the Advanced Protection Program for a higher level/stage of security. Advanced Protection uses security keys to protect against phreaking/phishing and includes other protections like blocking insecure apps.

You should think about removing account access for any unusual apps to better protect sensitive information.

Don’t always forget to lock your screen. This will help your devices from being access without your permission. Learn how to set screen locks on an Android device.

Step 2: Software Update

If your browser, operating system, or apps are out-of-date, the software might not be safe from hackers. Keep your software updated to help protect your account.

Update your browser

Be certain that you’re using the latest version of your browser.

You can learn how to update Google Chrome.

Note: For info on updating other browsers, visit the developer’s support site.

Update your operating system

Make sure your device or computer operating system is up-to-date.

Update Android devices

Learn more about how to check and update your Android version.

Update Chromebooks

Learn more about how to update your Chromebook’s operating system.

Note: For info on updating other devices and computers, visit the manufacturer’s support site.

Update your apps

Apps update must not also be left out. Be certain that all your apps are latest or recent versions.

Update Android apps

Learn how to update your Android apps on Android devices and compatible Chromebooks.

Think about turning on automatic app updates for your Android devices to help make sure you’re always using the latest version.

Note: For info on updating apps on other devices and computers, visit the manufacturer’s support site.

Turn on Google Play Protect

For Android users, Google Play keeps and helps Android devices safe from harmful apps. Learn how to turn on Google Play Protect.

Step 3: Use uncommon, strong passwords

Password repetition on multiple sites can make your account to be vulnerable. If your password for one site is compromised, it could be used to get into your accounts for multiple sites.

Create a strong, unique password for each account.

Manage your passwords

The use of a password manager can help you generate and manage strong, unique passwords. Consider using one from Chrome or another trusted password manager provider.

You can use Password Checkup to make sure your password is strong and safe.

Help protect your password from hackers

To get notified if you enter your Google Account password on a non-Google site, turn on Password Alert for Chrome. That way, you’ll know if a site is impersonating Google, and you can change your password if it gets stolen.

Note: Don’t forget to Turn on 2-Step Verification for an extra layer of account security.

Step 4: Remove apps & browser extensions you don’t need

Plenty/too many apps installed on devices can become more vulnerable. Install only useful apps and browser extensions on devices that have access to sensitive information. Avoid installing unknown apps to secure your device and personal info.

Learn how to:

Note: For info on removing apps and extensions from other devices and browsers, visit the applicable support site.

Step 5: Protect against malicious messages & content

Hackers can use emails, text messages, phone calls, and web pages to disguise themselves to be institutions, family members, or colleagues.

Avoid suspicious requests

  • Never release your passwords. Google will never ask for your password in an email, message, or phone call.
  • Don’t reply to suspicious emails, texts, instant messages, webpages, or phone calls that ask for your personal or financial info.
  • Ignore links in emails, messages, webpages, or pop-ups from untrustworthy websites or senders.

Avoid suspicious emails

Gmail is designed to help protect your account by automatically identifying suspicious emails. You can also use the below tips to help you identify suspicious emails and settings:

Avoid suspicious web pages

Google Chrome and Search are designed to warn you about suspicious content and unwanted software.

Learn how to manage these warnings in Chrome and Search.


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