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How to secure your gmail and google account

Now that you’ve learned a little about what Gmail is and how it works, the first question that you might ask is: “Is it a safe and secure email client to use?” This is an even more important question in light of the fact that a Gmail account interconnects with many of Google’s cutting-edge websites and applications. In this article, we’ll explain how Gmail could pose a threat to your safety and security, and give you tips on how to use Gmail safely.

How safe is Gmail?

Gmail is safe to use, as it requires password-protected access. So long as you make a strong password and don’t tell it to anyone else, Google will block unauthorized sign-in attempts and protect your account. There are, however, safety risks associated with using a Gmail account, including Internet fraud and scams. Because Google is one of the most-used services for email, they take safety very seriously. Google employs industry leaders in safety, and have in place security measures that will protect your account. But how secure is it, and what can you do to secure your account? We’ll answer those questions below.

Is Gmail secure?

Gmail is secure to use as an email service, as it employs some of the most advanced security measures in the industry. It automatically filters out many Internet spam emails for you, and deletes them after a period of time. It also has features that make it difficult for a hacker to break into your account.

How to secure your gmail and google account

With all that said, it is still very important to take measures to keep your Gmail account secure. For example, you can register a mobile phone number or secondary email address with your account to help you reset your Gmail password if you forget it. Or, you could require the answering of security questions that you come up with in order to log into your Gmail account. You could even turn on two-step verification for your Gmail account, which forces someone trying to log into your account to enter a code sent to your mobile device or another email account that you control. All of these protect your account from unwanted access, and will help you to use Gmail without fear.

We have a few other tips for you below. Take our advice, and it’s unlikely you’ll ever have a problem using Gmail.

6 safety tips: how to stay safe with your Gmail and Google account

1. Never click on suspicious emails, especially those in the “Spam” folder.

Gmail has such advanced security that it can detect an Internet scam or fraud within an email before you even see it. Many users receive emails every day containing scams, links that download viruses and malicious software to your computer or device when clicked on, or both.

How to secure your gmail and google account

Never click on an email like this, as it could be harmful to you. Gmail will sort these emails into your “Spam” folder automatically (for your review if you wish), and then automatically delete them after 30 days. If you receive an email you believe to be spam, make sure to mark it as spam so Google can automatically detect similar emails for you in the future.

You can also decrease your likelihood of receiving spam emails by not giving your email address out to everyone who asks for it. Many businesses that ask for your email use it to send spam, and some people even sell lists of email addresses to those participating in Internet fraud scams.

If you want to learn more about how to identify spam emails, check out our article on email safety and spam.

2. Set your Gmail account recovery options.

When you first create your account, you should change your account recovery options. This way, you can decide exactly how you can gain access to your account should you be locked out of it. Adding security questions or additional email addresses is a great way to make sure you are never permanently locked out of your account.

3. Complete the Gmail “Security Checkup.”

Gmail has its own “Security Checkup”, which you can complete at any time after signing up for your account. This will make sure your vital information on your account is current, and you know exactly which devices are connected to your account.

To complete the “Security Checkup,” visit myaccount.google.com and click Get Started under the “Security Checkup” heading on the left side of the page. From there, just edit any information to keep it up-to-date. You should also consider clicking Get Started under the “Privacy Checkup” heading on the same page to update your privacy settings.

4. Turn on two-step verification.

Two-step verification is a process by which a user trying to access your account must complete two steps of identity verification. Usually this includes entering an additional email address associated with your account, or answering a few security questions that you’ve set up. If you pass this verification, Google will then send a unique instant verification code to your mobile phone. This code must be entered, along with your other Gmail account credentials, to gain access to your account.

Basically, this means that anyone trying to get into your account must also possess your mobile device to be successful. It’s just an added measure of security to prevent unwanted account access.

5. Sign out of your account when you are finished.

It is always good practice to sign out of all of your applications when you are no longer using them, and you should do this when you’re finished using Gmail, too. This will require you to sign in again the next time you want to use Gmail, but it protects your account from unauthorized access if your computer or device gets lost or stolen. If you’re signed out of your account, anyone who wants to use it will have to get past the security measures that you have set up, like your password or two-step verification.

6. Create a secure password for your account, and protect it.

Creating a secure password is key to protecting any of your accounts, not just your account. A few things to keep in mind include:

  • Create a long and complex password, aiming for 10-12 characters
  • Use upper-case letters, lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters
  • Include a random factor, like substituting some letters with numbers (0 for an o, 4 for an a)
  • Don’t use common patterns (123456)
  • Never share your password with anyone, or write it down anywhere near your computer
  • Don’t use personal information that is easy for people to guess or find out, such as birthdates, anniversaries, children’s names, or license plate numbers
  • Don’t use the same password for all of your other accounts. (Again, this is especially important for your account, as it also gives you access to so many great Google applications!)

That’s how to keep yourself safe and secure while using Gmail. Our next article will cover whether or not you have to pay to use Gmail, but if you think you’re confident enough to start using it now, check out our step-by-step tutorial on how to create a Gmail account. We’ve also got you covered with other great topics in our Gmail course, such as how to use Gmail, how to import your contacts, and how to compose and send emails.

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Gmail passed the 1 billion active user mark in 2016, so you likely have a Gmail account. If you do, you might be concerned about the privacy and security of your emails. Wondering what Google is doing to keep your email safe, and if you can do more? Here’s what you should know about Gmail security.

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How to Send Encrypted Email in Gmail

If you use a free Gmail account, your messages have Google’s standard encryption method, Transport Layer Security (TLS). Here’s the catch: TLS only works if the person you’re emailing uses an email provider that also supports TLS. Most major providers use TLS, so this isn’t a huge risk, but it’s good to know. Assuming mutual TLS compatibility, all messages you send through Gmail are encrypted via TLS.

TLS makes it difficult for anyone to intercept your message when it’s en route to the recipient. However, it doesn’t promise to keep messages private between you and the recipient once it reaches them. For example, Google sees messages associated with your account and scans them for potential spam and malicious email, as well as supporting features like Smart Reply.

If the person you’re emailing uses a mail server that doesn’t use TLS, your message won’t be encrypted. You probably won’t know, so choose what you send carefully.

How to Encrypt Messages in Gmail for Business

Businesses, in particular, have a demand for encrypted email. Google for Business, commonly known as GSuite, comes with a plethora of features. One of those is S/MIME, an encryption method that encrypts emails with user-specific keys, so they remain protected during delivery. They can only be decrypted and read by your intended readers.

For S/MIME to work, both you and your recipient must enable it in your GSuite accounts. GSuite automatically encrypts your emails with this method when your account and the destination allow for it.

How to Check If Your Sent Email Will Be Encrypted

Start writing a new message.

Add your recipients to the To field.

Look to the right of the recipient names to see a lock icon indicating the encryption level your recipient’s email provider supports. When multiple users have various encryption levels, the icon indicates Gmail is held to the lowest encryption status.

Select the lock to change your S/MIME settings or learn more about your recipient’s level of encryption.

How to Check Encryption for a Received Email

On an Android device, tap View Details > View Security Details. On an iPhone or iPad, tap View Details.

A colored lock icon shows the level of encryption used to send the message.

There are three colors of encryption lock icons:

  • Green: Indicates enhanced S/MIME encryption, which is appropriate for most sensitive information and requires the recipient to have the correct key to decrypt the email.
  • Gray: The message is encrypted via TLS.
  • Red: There’s no encryption, indicating the recipient’s email provider doesn’t support encryption.

How to Encrypt Email on Gmail Using Third-Party Options

If you’re looking for more serious encryption than S/MIME or TLS, third-party apps and services like FlowCrypt and Virtru offer solutions to improve the security of Gmail messages.

Gmail works hard to protect you from spam, phishing, and malware, before they reach your inbox. Our AI-enhanced spam-filtering capabilities block nearly 10 million spam emails every minute.

Phishing protections

Phishing protections

Many malware and phishing attacks start with an email. Gmail blocks more than 99.9% of spam, phishing attempts, and malware from reaching you.

Safe Browsing

Safe Browsing

Safe Browsing protects you by identifying dangerous links in email messages and warns you before you visit the site.

Proactive alerts

Proactive alerts

Gmail warns you before you download an attachment that could put your security at risk.

Account safety

Account safety

We protect your account against suspicious logins and unauthorized activity by monitoring multiple security signals. We also offer the Advanced Protection Program for accounts most at risk of targeted attacks.

Confidential mode

Confidential mode

You can make your messages expire after a set period of time and remove the option for recipients to forward, copy, download, or print your message from Gmail.

Email encryption

Email encryption

In Google infrastructure, messages are encrypted at rest and while in transit between data centers. Messages transiting to third-party providers are encrypted with Transport Layer Security when possible or required by configuration.

How to secure your gmail and google account

Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

With more than a billion monthly active users – yes, billion with a “b” – Google’s Gmail is by far the most popular webmail app on the planet.

And for good reason: it’s an easy-to-use and reliable cloud service that lets you log in to read your messages from anywhere, and on virtually any device (heck, even Smart TVs).

And while Gmail is relatively secure, there are a few simple things you can do to best protect yourself while using the service.

Here’s a look at five suggestions.

1. Use a stronger password

Think about what your password is. Great. Now change it.

Rule of thumb: The longer the password, the better. A good password has a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.

How to secure your gmail and google account

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If you prefer, use a phrase that only you know, and then modify it with some numbers and symbols. For example, the phrase could be “My mom Jane and dad Mike call me once a day,” which becomes “MmJ&dMcm1ad!”

Don’t use the same password for all of your online activities. If a cybercriminal gains access to your Gmail, it’ll be even worse if they have access to your online banking, favorite retailer, cloud account, and more.

To change your password, log into your Gmail, click or tap the Options tab (a gray gear), then Settings, followed by Accounts and Import, and click to change password.

2. Opt for 2-step verification

Google’s 2-step verification is an extra security measure to protect your Google account from being compromised.

It’s worth considering as it confirms it’s you – and only you – before granting access to your Google apps, such as Gmail.

In addition to a standard username and password you’ll also need a code that’s sent via text message to your mobile phone (or you can use the Google Authenticator app). Before you gain access to the Google app, you’ll be prompted to enter that short verification code, which you’ll get from your mobile phone.

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To get started, log into your Google account, go to your Accounts settings page and look for the “Using 2-step verification” link. Click it and start the setup process. You’ll also be prompted to enter a backup phone number – be it a landline or secondary mobile number — if you lose access to your primary phone.

3. Review, update your account options

Gmail’s recovery options help secure your account from hijackers and give you a way to access your account if you forget your password.

Your smartphone is probably the easiest, quickest and most secure way to help protect your account – and better than your recovery email address because you have your phone with you at all times. Google says typing in your mobile phone number as a recovery tool won’t land it on a marketing list for spammers or telemarketers.

To update your account recovery options, go to google.com/settings/security and sign in. Click “Update recovery options” under “Password and recovery options.” Add or edit your security options for Mobile phone and Email.

Also, if you’ve noticed some suspicious activity on your account — or if Google notified you of your account being accessed on a device (or in a place) not familiar to you — sign into your Gmail and on the bottom of your mail, look for where it says “Last Account Activity: (number) minutes ago.” Tap or click on the Detail tab, and then you can see the access type, location and date that you have signed into Gmail in past few days.

4. Enable HTTPS Security

One of the best things about webmail, like Gmail, is you can log in from anywhere, but when you’re on a non-encrypted network or public Wi-Fi hotspot, you’re putting yourself at added risk.

Instead, consider using your cellular connection as it’s much safer than free, public wireless networks.

If that’s not an option, at the very least confirm your HTTPS is enabled on your Gmail – it should be by default – but it’s worth a quick check to make sure your account is best protected from attackers who might want to crack open a path into your Gmail account.

To confirm HTTPS is enabled, log into your Gmail account, tap or click the Options tab (gray gear), and then select: General > Browser Connection, and see whether the option, “Always use HTTPS” is checked off. Click “Save Changes,” before you leave.

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5. Don’t be gullible

While many of you know this already, there’s a good reason why “phishing scams” exist: people fall for them every day.

Never ever reply if you see a suspicious message or webpage asking for your personal or financial information. Your bank, credit card company, Internet Service Provider (ISP), webmail service, or favorite retailer isn’t going to send you an email and ask you to confirm your identity – especially when there’s a sense of urgency attached to it. They may look legit – down to the establishment’s logo – but it’s likely a scam. When in doubt, call or write the business in question.

Consider reporting these messages. If you receive an email asking for personal information, sign in to Gmail, open the message you’d like to report, click the down arrow next to Reply and select Report Phishing.

And be careful responding to strange messages from your contacts as their account might have been compromised by an account hijacker.

Gmail works hard to protect you from spam, phishing, and malware, before they reach your inbox. Our AI-enhanced spam-filtering capabilities block nearly 10 million spam emails every minute.

Phishing protections

Phishing protections

Many malware and phishing attacks start with an email. Gmail blocks more than 99.9% of spam, phishing attempts, and malware from reaching you.

Safe Browsing

Safe Browsing

Safe Browsing protects you by identifying dangerous links in email messages and warns you before you visit the site.

Proactive alerts

Proactive alerts

Gmail warns you before you download an attachment that could put your security at risk.

Account safety

Account safety

We protect your account against suspicious logins and unauthorized activity by monitoring multiple security signals. We also offer the Advanced Protection Program for accounts most at risk of targeted attacks.

Confidential mode

Confidential mode

You can make your messages expire after a set period of time and remove the option for recipients to forward, copy, download, or print your message from Gmail.

Email encryption

Email encryption

In Google infrastructure, messages are encrypted at rest and while in transit between data centers. Messages transiting to third-party providers are encrypted with Transport Layer Security when possible or required by configuration.

Secure your emails and have peace of mind

How to secure your gmail and google account

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Gmail passed the 1 billion active user mark in 2016, so you likely have a Gmail account. If you do, you might be concerned about the privacy and security of your emails. Wondering what Google is doing to keep your email safe, and if you can do more? Here’s what you should know about Gmail security.

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Warchi / Getty Images

How to Send Encrypted Email in Gmail

If you use a free Gmail account, your messages have Google’s standard encryption method, Transport Layer Security (TLS). Here’s the catch: TLS only works if the person you’re emailing uses an email provider that also supports TLS. Most major providers use TLS, so this isn’t a huge risk, but it’s good to know. Assuming mutual TLS compatibility, all messages you send through Gmail are encrypted via TLS.

TLS makes it difficult for anyone to intercept your message when it’s en route to the recipient. However, it doesn’t promise to keep messages private between you and the recipient once it reaches them. For example, Google sees messages associated with your account and scans them for potential spam and malicious email, as well as supporting features like Smart Reply.

If the person you’re emailing uses a mail server that doesn’t use TLS, your message won’t be encrypted. You probably won’t know, so choose what you send carefully.

How to Encrypt Messages in Gmail for Business

Businesses, in particular, have a demand for encrypted email. Google for Business, commonly known as GSuite, comes with a plethora of features. One of those is S/MIME, an encryption method that encrypts emails with user-specific keys, so they remain protected during delivery. They can only be decrypted and read by your intended readers.

For S/MIME to work, both you and your recipient must enable it in your GSuite accounts. GSuite automatically encrypts your emails with this method when your account and the destination allow for it.

How to Check If Your Sent Email Will Be Encrypted

Start writing a new message.

Add your recipients to the To field.

Look to the right of the recipient names to see a lock icon indicating the encryption level your recipient’s email provider supports. When multiple users have various encryption levels, the icon indicates Gmail is held to the lowest encryption status.

Select the lock to change your S/MIME settings or learn more about your recipient’s level of encryption.

How to Check Encryption for a Received Email

On an Android device, tap View Details > View Security Details. On an iPhone or iPad, tap View Details.

A colored lock icon shows the level of encryption used to send the message.

There are three colors of encryption lock icons:

  • Green: Indicates enhanced S/MIME encryption, which is appropriate for most sensitive information and requires the recipient to have the correct key to decrypt the email.
  • Gray: The message is encrypted via TLS.
  • Red: There’s no encryption, indicating the recipient’s email provider doesn’t support encryption.

How to Encrypt Email on Gmail Using Third-Party Options

If you’re looking for more serious encryption than S/MIME or TLS, third-party apps and services like FlowCrypt and Virtru offer solutions to improve the security of Gmail messages.

How to secure your gmail and google account

Google provides numerous excellent services over the internet. After signing up for a free Gmail account, we get access to services such as Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. All these services are beneficial for carrying out activities both in the personal and professional sphere of life. With numerous benefits, it is essential to secure the Gmail account from any unauthorized and suspicious access.

Google provides us with numerous amazing services that host our private and sensitive data and require maximum protection against cyber-attackers. Google seems to be an industry leader in the tech firm. Google has taken every possible measure to keep its user data safe and secure from the server-side, and now it is our responsibility to take preventive actions from our side to make it secure against the attack of hackers.

Furthermore, Google also offers us various features and options to protect our Gmail account. While using these features, although there are some additional steps you need to go through to access your Gmail account, in the end, it is all worth it.

By now, you’ll be thinking of ways to protect your Gmail account. Well! Don’t overthink because we have done things for you. In the remaining part of the article, we’ll discuss different steps to safeguard your Gmail account. Let’s read on.

How to Secure Your Gmail Account?

Albeit Google does take the necessary steps with its most powerful and secure system at the server-side. Still, it also provides its users with various options so they can boost the security of their accounts. The sophisticated security system of Google allows you to get some instant information if there is any doubtful activity going on with your account. In this way, you can take quick, immediate action to protect your Gmail account and also recover it in case someone attempts to hack it.

Now, let’s talk in detail about the steps that should be taken to strengthen the security of our Gmail account.

1. Set Up Two-Step Verification Process

Hackers who often land into high profile Gmail accounts seized usernames and passwords. Thus, it is a mandatory thing to make Gmail need an extra piece of information before allowing anyone to access your account. Google offers a facility known as “two-step verification” to its Gmail users that provides an additional layer of security. All it requires you to access your mobile phone when you sign in to your email account because they send you a verification number through SMS.

The wonder of this approach that is similar to that done by several online banks is that even cybercriminals accomplish to steal the username and password; they won’t know what your verification code is because they don’t have your phone.

Once you set up in this way, the next time you try to log into Gmail from some other system, you’ll be asked for the code after entering your login credentials. You should receive a text message from Google that contains the code number.

2. Choose a Strong Password

Experts always warn of using the same usernames and passwords on multiple websites. It is because if the hackers know your password in one place, they can try it in other sites too. Although remembering a password is a bit tough, it doesn’t mean that you start using a weak password. Hackers use highly advanced tools to break into your Gmail account by making a combination of passwords. Thus, it is the right time that you must change your password to something that cannot be easily detected.

Using the best password managers is also a wise decision. It ensures that you don’t use the same password on more than one website. Moreover, it would also be a great decision if you use a custom phrase as your password. Your pin code must be a combination of alphanumeric characters and must rank high in difficulty.

3. Keep a Watchful Eye on Phishing Attacks

We all know that phishing is a kind of social engineering attack in which the attacker steals the credentials and password impersonating them as a legal site. Like for instance, a phishing site looks similar to the actual website. But, it is nothing more than a credential-stealing machine.

Gmail doesn’t ask its users to enter credentials; even it does ensure that the website is legal. Do check for grammar and typo errors; if not, then you can always check the difference in the URL. Also, it is advisable to avoid giving personal details on social media too.

4. Encrypt Your Emails

Encryption is the best security solution one can deploy for robust security. With encryption, one can make sure that only the receivers get to read the messages. In other words, it means that this technology works like a lock and key model. Only those people who have the key to the lock can open it. Here are steps by which you can check whether an email is encrypted or not.

-Start writing an email

-In the end, add the recipient field and check for a lock icon in the right.

-The icon will show the users’ encryption level.

-Click on the icon to get the details.

5. Check the Recent Security Events

It is among the best ways to check what your Google account has been up to. This characteristic is nothing but a highly advanced log that allows you to check the Google login activities. The recent security events settle the login along with the timestamp and location. To get access to this feature, you must visit a Google profile photo and click on the account

6. Check Gmail Filters

At present, every primary website does ask us our login credentials using a Gmail account. To sign up, we need to give the permissions, but while asking for permission, they do apply filters that can transfer the emails. Thus, to be on the protected side, you need to check whether there’s an email filter set up on your account or not. To do so, head to the settings > filters & blocked address and delete all the filters that you haven’t set up.

7. Secure Your System

It should be every user’s top priority without even mentioning it. Users need to adequately secure their computer systems with updated anti-virus software, security patches, and other tools for ensuring security. If you are not using such tools, then you’re inviting hackers to plant malicious code on your system that can spy upon you and, in fact, your email address too.

8. Review the Account Activity

A hacker may be accessing or trying to access your account without your consent. To check it out, sign in to your Gmail account and scroll to the bottom of the page. There you’ll see an option that says “last account activity.”

Afterward, click on details to see when, where, and how your account has been used. Moreover, if you suspect any suspicious activity, then click on the button written sign out of all other Gmail web sessions and quickly change your password.

Final Thoughts

Towards the end of the article, we can only hope that you’ve well understood how essential it is to secure your Gmail account. As now, you are aware of the steps needed to secure the Gmail account, so follow these steps and enhance your security.

How to secure your gmail and google account

Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

With more than a billion monthly active users – yes, billion with a “b” – Google’s Gmail is by far the most popular webmail app on the planet.

And for good reason: it’s an easy-to-use and reliable cloud service that lets you log in to read your messages from anywhere, and on virtually any device (heck, even Smart TVs).

And while Gmail is relatively secure, there are a few simple things you can do to best protect yourself while using the service.

Here’s a look at five suggestions.

1. Use a stronger password

Think about what your password is. Great. Now change it.

Rule of thumb: The longer the password, the better. A good password has a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.

How to secure your gmail and google account

How to give your email a security checkup

If you prefer, use a phrase that only you know, and then modify it with some numbers and symbols. For example, the phrase could be “My mom Jane and dad Mike call me once a day,” which becomes “MmJ&dMcm1ad!”

Don’t use the same password for all of your online activities. If a cybercriminal gains access to your Gmail, it’ll be even worse if they have access to your online banking, favorite retailer, cloud account, and more.

To change your password, log into your Gmail, click or tap the Options tab (a gray gear), then Settings, followed by Accounts and Import, and click to change password.

2. Opt for 2-step verification

Google’s 2-step verification is an extra security measure to protect your Google account from being compromised.

It’s worth considering as it confirms it’s you – and only you – before granting access to your Google apps, such as Gmail.

In addition to a standard username and password you’ll also need a code that’s sent via text message to your mobile phone (or you can use the Google Authenticator app). Before you gain access to the Google app, you’ll be prompted to enter that short verification code, which you’ll get from your mobile phone.

How to secure your gmail and google account

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To get started, log into your Google account, go to your Accounts settings page and look for the “Using 2-step verification” link. Click it and start the setup process. You’ll also be prompted to enter a backup phone number – be it a landline or secondary mobile number — if you lose access to your primary phone.

3. Review, update your account options

Gmail’s recovery options help secure your account from hijackers and give you a way to access your account if you forget your password.

Your smartphone is probably the easiest, quickest and most secure way to help protect your account – and better than your recovery email address because you have your phone with you at all times. Google says typing in your mobile phone number as a recovery tool won’t land it on a marketing list for spammers or telemarketers.

To update your account recovery options, go to google.com/settings/security and sign in. Click “Update recovery options” under “Password and recovery options.” Add or edit your security options for Mobile phone and Email.

Also, if you’ve noticed some suspicious activity on your account — or if Google notified you of your account being accessed on a device (or in a place) not familiar to you — sign into your Gmail and on the bottom of your mail, look for where it says “Last Account Activity: (number) minutes ago.” Tap or click on the Detail tab, and then you can see the access type, location and date that you have signed into Gmail in past few days.

4. Enable HTTPS Security

One of the best things about webmail, like Gmail, is you can log in from anywhere, but when you’re on a non-encrypted network or public Wi-Fi hotspot, you’re putting yourself at added risk.

Instead, consider using your cellular connection as it’s much safer than free, public wireless networks.

If that’s not an option, at the very least confirm your HTTPS is enabled on your Gmail – it should be by default – but it’s worth a quick check to make sure your account is best protected from attackers who might want to crack open a path into your Gmail account.

To confirm HTTPS is enabled, log into your Gmail account, tap or click the Options tab (gray gear), and then select: General > Browser Connection, and see whether the option, “Always use HTTPS” is checked off. Click “Save Changes,” before you leave.

How to secure your gmail and google account

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5. Don’t be gullible

While many of you know this already, there’s a good reason why “phishing scams” exist: people fall for them every day.

Never ever reply if you see a suspicious message or webpage asking for your personal or financial information. Your bank, credit card company, Internet Service Provider (ISP), webmail service, or favorite retailer isn’t going to send you an email and ask you to confirm your identity – especially when there’s a sense of urgency attached to it. They may look legit – down to the establishment’s logo – but it’s likely a scam. When in doubt, call or write the business in question.

Consider reporting these messages. If you receive an email asking for personal information, sign in to Gmail, open the message you’d like to report, click the down arrow next to Reply and select Report Phishing.

And be careful responding to strange messages from your contacts as their account might have been compromised by an account hijacker.

Security of your Gmail account is extremely important. All your important and confidential emails are stored inside Gmail and your Gmail account is also linked with other online accounts. If your Gmail account is hacked, it will lead to losing all important data along with other online accounts being hacked as well; including all of the other Google services you are using.

There are many ways you can secure Gmail account, and we are going to help you tighten up your Gmail account security. Below we have listed some tips and security measures to protect your Gmail account from getting hacked.

1. Enable Gmail Two Step Verification

This is the best security measure you can take to keep your Gmail account secure. Google offers 2-Step Verification security on for your Google account that will allow you to login to Google services (including Gmail) with a password and a code sent to your phone. You will have to provide your Gmail password and one-time code sent to your phone to access Gmail.

This makes it almost impossible for anyone to hack your account as they need your Gmail password and physical access to your phone. Settings up Gmail 2-Step Verification is extremely easy and we have written a step-by-step guide on how to enable 2-Step Verification for your Google account.

2. Use a Strong Password and Never Use the Same Passwords Online

Using a strong password is extremely important for any online account, but it is especially important for your Gmail account security. Your password should contain random words, numerals, characters and uppercase and lowercase letters. If you can easily pronounce your password or memorize it, then it is definitely not a strong password. Your password should be something like this; “gT34PW$%*fEt$$90”.

Furthermore, you should never use the same password on multiple accounts (especially your email account password). If one of your online accounts gets hacked, then it could lead to getting all your accounts hacked. We understand it can be very difficult to remember multiple strong passwords. However, you can take advantage of third-party password manager like LastPass or your browser’s built-in password manager to remember and automatically enter passwords.

3. Track Gmail Login Activity and Sign out Remotely

Gmail lets you see last 10 logins to your Gmail account along with IP address, device, browser and exact time. You can use this information to ensure your account is not being secretly accessed by a device you don’t own or recognize. To track Gmail login activity, go to the extreme bottom of the main interface and click on “Details” under “Last account activity”.

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You will see last 10 logins to your Gmail account along with complete details. You can click on “Show details” button next to each to see more details. Although don’t get confused by “Authorized Application” logins as they are the applications that you allowed to access your Gmail account to provide services. You can also press the “Sign out all other web sessions” button above to log out of all the sessions.

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4. Tweak Gmail Security Settings

There are many settings in Gmail that could affect the security of your account one way or another. You should make sure there is no problem in these settings to secure your Gmail account. To access all Gmail settings, click on the “Gear” icon on the top right corner and select “Settings”. Below are some settings you should tweak:

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  1. Enable “Personal level indicators” under “General” tab to know whether a suspicious email is personally sent to you or it is just a scam being sent to everyone.
  2. Make sure Vacation responder is Off under “General” tab if you are not using it.
  3. Under “Accounts and Import” tab, make sure only verified accounts are listed next to “Send mail as”.
  4. Under the same “Accounts and Import” tab, “Grant access to your account” and “Check mail from other accounts” options should have no email addresses; or only have verified email addresses if you are using these features.
  5. Check all the options under “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” and disable all the settings you are not using.

5. Never Give Up Your Account Information

There are hundreds of methods scammers can use to trick you and steal your account information. The rule thumb is to never trust any one and never give up your information. No legit person or company will ever ask for your account information to give gifts, offers, jobs, help you fix issues or protect your account in any way. If someone asks for your password (even Google), simply decline and ignore the email.

Furthermore, also refrain from clicking on links from sources you don’t trust. And never login to any account after clicking through a link. A phishing attack can easily steal your information and hack your account.

Is Your Gmail Account Secure?

You can follow the above tips to secure your Gmail account and keep the hackers out. You can also go through Security Checkup offered by Google to ensure your accounts credentials are secure and recoverable. Additionally, if you are looking for safe Gmail experience, then you should also encrypt confidential emails.

Are you confident that your Gmail account is now secure from hackers? If it has somehow been compromised, here our guide to recover hacked Gmail account.

Let us know if you have more security tips to protect your Gmail account in the comments below.