Do you know the most important thing you should be concerned with when it comes to your Gmail account? You should always look for different ways to secure your Gmail account. The world today is after security and privacy. Those that dwell on the internet need it too and so does your Google account need it.
I’m this article, I will share Google security told with you so that you will know the best security practices for you account.
Before I proceed, let me show you few reasons why you need to secure your Gmail account.
Why you should secure your Gmail account
Creating a Gmail account is one thing and retaining the account is another thing. If you must retain your account, you need to take security measures towards retaining it.
Man in the middle (hackers and bad guys) are always ready to intercept your files online. In fact, they try to monitor every single thing you do and to hijack the important files you have. You may think your emails were delivered but you won’t know it has been redirected by a third party.
The best way to secure your emails from hackers using Gmail is to encrypt your emails. The means of encryption in Gmail is S/MIME. The encryption method is used to support enhanced encryption in transit, and automatically encrypts your outgoing emails if it can.
However, the encryption only work if you have S/MIME enabled on your account.
Gmail also uses the TSL to encrypt all your emails by default. Therefore, whether you have the S/MIME activated in your account, you still have encrypted emails.
Another method you need to take is to activate Gmail confidential mode in your account. It’s free.
Furthermore, some persons may just like to share your privacy. Do you know someone else can be using your Gmail account using his or her device? Once you start to share your Gmail account, it simply means you do not have control over your account.
The best step to take here is to log out your Gmail account from other devices. For more security updates on your Google account, you need to to review your security alerts.
We just started, let me tell you more steps you need to take to ensure that your Gmail account is secure. But before then, let’s know where to find our security page.
Where do I find my Gmail security page?
- Login to your Gmail account,
- Click the Google apps icon located at the top right of the screen
- Choose “Account”
- By the left hand side, click security. Everything concerning your account security will display. You can now start reviewing it and also taking the necessary actions.
Security page on Gmail mobile app
- Login to your Gmail account on your phone. See how to add your account to the Gmail app if you have not added before.
- Click the icon bearing a letter of your name.
- Click on “Manage your Google account“.
- Swipe the top menu to left and select “security”. Your security page will display immediately.
The security steps here are inexhaustible but let’s see how it goes.
Google security tips and tricks
Here, I’ll show you the security measures and how to use them.
Google security check up
In this section, you need to check up your Gmail account. You will know your device security status, recent security events, sign in and recovery methods, third party access and your saved passwords. Once all of the them are in good condition, they will have green indicators by the side. Check your account security here.
Review Gmail security events
In this section, you can view devices that have access to your Gmail account. You can also see apps and accounts which you have granted access to your Gmail account and you can remove them. See how to remove Gmail account from other devices.
Under this section of the security page, you can change your passwords. Your password is just like the man at the gate. Anyone he allows can enter and access your account. Therefore, you need a strong Gmail password. Check out this post on how to change and build Gmail strong password.
Use your phone to sign in.
This is another security section which allows you authenticate your Google account login using your mobile device.
This is how it works, ones you want to sign in to a new device, you will need to unlock your phone, enter a certain number on screen of the new device and click “yes”. This security measure works with phone screen lock.
To activate “use your phone to sign in” feature, simply click on it and follow the instructions on your screen to set it up. It’s simple.
Two step verification
The Google 2-step verification is a means of activating additional Google security measure to your account. It works in such a way that any new device that want to access your account must under extra security processes. Since no other party knows the extra security measure, it will be very hard to hack your Gmail account.
To activate the two step verification, click on “2-step verification” button.
Select “get started”.
Enter your Gmail password and click “next”. Follow the instructions on your screen to complete the process.
Ways to verify it’s you
Google uses various methods to verify each Google account user. They use recovery email and phone number. The essence of this is to ensure that you are actually the one accessing your account. They also use it to reach you anytime there is any unusual activity in your account.
Therefore, you need to add a recovery email and phone number to your Gmail account. If you have lost the recovery email or phone number, also follow the steps in the link above to update it.
This security section displays different devices which have access to your email account and their locations. The feature also gives you an option to remove your account from those devices.
Third party apps with account access – Secure Gmail account
This section shows you different apps and accounts that have access to your account. Sometimes, you may want to sign up to a particular website or application, it will ask for permission to access your Google account. Once you grant such access they have partial access to your account and that is one of things about Gmail.
However, you can remove those accesses from those apps and accounts. To remove the access, click on “manage third party access” link and follow the steps remove it.
Signing in to other sites
This security section shows the site which you used your Google account to sign in to. In fact, it displays the third party apps with accounts.
Google password manager – Security
This section shows all the passwords you have in your Google account. In other words, all those app and accounts in which you signed in using your Gmail account will have their password saved in the Google password manager as far as you saved them.
Your Gmail security is as important as anything. It helps you secure some your Gmail account and other accounts. Since you now know that Gmail has passwords to some other accounts and apps, it means that anyone who has access to your Gmail account can get those passwords and access your accounts. Therefore, you need to secure it.
Also see other ways to protect your gmail account.