Based on the 2019 study, there are over 1.5 billion Gmail users all around the world. It is being said to be the most popular and user-friendly email account to use. And if you are one of these billion users, you should know how to protect and secure your Gmail account as internet threats and cybercriminals are keeping an eye on what to be the most populated ones so they will have numerous attempts to victimize people.
We’ll share with you some basic ways that are simple for all ages to secure your Gmail account.
1. Use a strong and complex password
This is the easiest way to secure your account. Create a complex password which cannot be easily guessed. Create a strong password by combining numbers, letters, special characters and/or upper and lower case letters. Never ever use your birthday and name as your password. However, in creating a complex password it could also be easily remembered so you will not get locked out. You can also use a password manager like “LastPass” to save your passwords.
2. Create a Two-Factor Authentication
After creating a strong password, create a two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is another way of securing your account. This will require the person who is accessing your account to enter a certain code to get passed the verification process. The code will be sent to the mobile number you have provided on your account. Without the code, the person who is trying to access your account won’t have a chance to get in.
3. Check the apps and websites or browsers that are connected to your Gmail account
Double-check where you have connected your Gmail account. For example, if it’s connected to your Play Store or App Store. Make sure that whenever you have to download an app using this channel a password should be required. Make sure that the sites you are linking your Gmail account are secured and legitimate.
4. Run a security checkup from time to time
Doing a security checkup on your Gmail account can be a very helpful tool. Most importantly it will confirm if your account has been compromised. Using the “security sidebar” of your Gmail account will allow you to see different sections that are dedicated to different aspects of your account. Make sure to do a security checkup from time to time to know exactly what is going on in your account.
Whether you are using your Gmail account as personal or business use, you must know the basics to secure your account. Securing your account is protecting your personal information or data. In less than 5 minutes of checking, you are not letting cybercriminals attack or get into your account.
Should you have any questions or need assistance in protecting your Gmail account, feel free to talk to our I.T. experts. We can be reached at (412) 853-3708 or you can email us at [email protected]
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