Know how to protect your Gmail account is very important because with this account in addition to accessing your emails you can also access your social profiles, to YouTube and this email address is likely to receive all the password resets (the links “I forgot my password”) sites where you registered.
Let’s take a look at the 10 golden rules to prevent these risks and better protect your Gmail account.
How to protect your Gmail account?
- Always use Gmail in httpS
Some mobile apps or browsers do not use Gmail in HTTPS. You should always check if the beginning of the Gmail browser URL starts with HTTPS and not just HTTP. An unsecured connection puts you at greater risk. Also, check Google’s guides on the HTTP connection. This is the basis for protecting your Gmail account.
- Validation in 2 steps
If your Gmail account contains highly sensitive emails and you’re afraid someone will access it, you can set up two-step verification (two-step verification), following the Gmail guide, you’ll need to log in to your Gmail account not only enter your password but also a code that will be sent to your mobile phone via SMS.
- Email recovery and verification
Remember to indicate in the settings of Gmail a recovery email. In unfortunate cases where you can no longer access your Gmail account due to password theft or forgetfulness, you may request to receive a new password on this alternate email address.
- Disable personal history
Do you know that for each Gmail account there is a history of all the sites you have visited and since the opening of your account, it can be years of history! Imagine if this information fell into the wrong hands!
Go to history.google.com, delete your browsing history, and set a higher level of security that will prevent even Google from saving your searches and knowing what you like.
- Check the transfer options and POP/IMAP from time to time
Many people turn to Gmail to manage their personal or business emails because Gmail is free, but it’s important to check from time to time in the settings if the automatic email transfer options are correct or not. There are no automatic transfers to an email address that you would not know about and if the POP and IMAP settings are the ones you want.
- Check your Gmail account activity report
Remember to regularly check the report of the latest activities of your Gmail account, by going on this page you can check which devices have connected to your account and thus detect fraudulent use of it.
- Use security plugins
It is important that you should install a plug-in like WOT in your browser to see if a site is reliable before entering.
- Strong password
Obvious, but not so, avoid using personal references such as names, first names, dates of birth and others to choose your password, rather mix numbers, letters and special characters. This is really the basis of a well-protected Gmail account.
- Do not trust anyone
The main cause of data loss to personal is due to the fishing sent by email. False emails coming from a bank, a company, a social network asking you to reconnect to your account. If a service like a bank has a problem with your account it will call by phone and never ask you by email for your passwords.