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4 ways to secure your Gmail account against hackers

4 ways to secure your Gmail account against hackers

a month ago | by: David Kodjani

Gmail now has approximately 1.8 billion active users worldwide. There are about 4.25 billion email users across all platforms and applications. Gmail represents about 20% of them.

Considering this, it is understandable that Gmail is also a prime target for hackers. Unlike your business email, personal Gmail accounts tend to stay in use for years. It was launched in 2004. This creates a treasure trove of valuable data that can be used by hackers to launch ongoing attacks. Business email accounts also tend to be more secure than personal accounts by default.

To access your Gmail account, hackers need to compromise your Google account. Here's how to prevent this by securing your account according to Davey Winder.

  1. Have a strong, unique password

At this point, a password manager is your friend. It helps you create that password and when you need to use it.

  1. Enable two-step verification 

You may have already been prompted to do this, as Google has had a default activation program in place since late last year.

Google offers several secondary verification options, the most convenient being a Google prompt on a different device to the one you are using to sign in. So if you are on your laptop, it will go to your phone and vice versa. Add an authentication app, Google Authenticator being the default, but you can use Authy or similar as a backup.

The most secure form of secondary verification is to use a security key, and Google also offers this option. Google sells its own brand, or you can use a YubiKey. If you sign up for the Advanced Protection Program, which is suggested for high-value accounts such as journalists, activists, etc., using such a key is mandatory.

Read also - 5 Guidelines To Protect Yourself Against Cyber-Attacks

  1. Google Account Security Check

This Google Account Security Check will show you recommended security actions based on your existing settings. It will show you which devices have logged into your account, from where and when, detail the apps you have given access to your account and offer you the option to revoke those you don't use any longer or don't recognise, and highlight any 'sensitive' Gmail settings you use.

The part that shows the devices that have logged into your account is beneficial for the bright red flags regarding the security and privacy of your Gmail account. It will tell you when the device connected, the type of device and where it was.

4. Thinking outside the Google box for better security

Thinking outside the Google box means making sure your operating system is fully patched with the latest security updates. The same goes for your web browser of choice and any third-party applications you use in conjunction with Gmail. It's also a good idea to regularly check your browser extensions and application, removing any you no longer use.

We hope these tips help you keep your Gmail account secure. We'll be talking about Gmail privacy shortly.

Source: Forbes

Translated by Koboyo KANABIA