Gmail Technical Support: Top 10 Ways to Tighten Up Your Gmail Security
Google is name of tremendous repute, often associated with high security and great user friendliness. Gmail, created by Google, is the best email client today, all thanks to the nuggets present in the list of the attributes of Google. Apparently, Google has been consistently adding a whole lot of powerful security features to keep your Gmail accounts safe. But, still there’s so much that you can do from your end to ensure utmost Gmail security. Here is a list of 10 best ways (in no specific order) in which you can tighten up your Gmail security like never before.
1. Turn on HTTPS Security
HTTPS allows you to keep your Gmail security intact even when you’re accessing your account in public non-encrypted or wireless networks. To enable HTTPS security, you need to go to the Settings of your account, locate the Browser connection category, and click the Always use https radio button. Also, do ensure to save the changes you’ve made. Doing this keeps your account protected by ensuring encrypted and authenticated communication.
2. Check your Forwarding, Filter, and POP/ IMAP
Check your Forwarding and POP/ IMAP to check if there is any foreign or unknown forwarding address besides those allotted by you. Moreover, you need to delete any suspicious filters by checking your account settings. Go to Settings and then Filters to delete any filters that you are not sure of.
3. Track Your Account Activity
Gmail has an inbuilt Activity Information panel that enables you to track your account activities. When you sign into your account, you can notice the message Last Account Activity: (figure) minutes ago. You just need to click Detail to check the access type, location, & date.
4. Improve the answer to your security question
It’s always better to come up with a tricky recovery question or answer than to choose an obvious one. Once you can make something up, you can go to Settings, then Accounts and Import, then Change password recovery options, and finally click Edit to replace your old answer with a better one.
5. Turn on 2-step Verification
Gmail’s 2-step Verification adds a further layer of protection by enquiring a unique code sent to your phone each time you make an attempt to access your account, thereby not giving anyone any chance at all to hack into your account without your phone.
6. Verify Granted Account Access
Verify if there is any email account that has an access to your Gmail account by going to Settings, then Accounts and Import, and finally Grant access to your account. Here, you can thoroughly check if there’s any fake email account present.
7. Invalidate Unauthorized Access
You need to revoke or invalidate access to any application that you find dubious. For doing the same, login to your Google account and access the Account Permissions page. Select any doubtful application and click Revoke Access to prevent it from accessing your account.
8. Utilize Security Plugins
To combat phishers and scammers, you must use great plugins, such as Web of Trust (WOT), BetterPrivacy, and others. Also, check your browser’s add ons for getting more security tools.
9. Make a strong password
Insert special characters, symbols, alphabets, and numbers to make a strong password. Do not use password consisting of just numbers, words, any personal information, or common dictionary words.
10. Don’t trust others easily
Once in a while, there are fishy emails sent to your inbox for one reason or the other. Although, they may claim charitable, loveable, or other sorts of good deeds, don’t just begin clicking on the links given in them. It’s important to verify the source from where they have come.
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