Do you believe that your Gmail account is actually secure? You probably have no direct reason to believe otherwise, but this is where a problem can occur as too many people think that all it involves is choosing a password, but that is not true. Instead, Google do take your email security very seriously indeed and there are additional features that you can use in order to make it that bit harder for you to be exposed.
How To Keep Your Account Secure.
The first thing you must do is to make sure that you have an up to date antivirus program as well as malware detector. There are good free ones available, but you need to accept any updates as soon as they appear and run them on a regular basis. If these scans reveal anything, then take action immediately and do so before you open any email or website.
Next, venture to the Account Settings part of Gmail and go to the Security Checkup part. Do yourself a favor by following the simple instructions that are on there as this will help you to check if your account is as safe as it should be on Gmail and take appropriate action if this is not the case. You should also then consider using their two step verification process to add an extra layer of security to your account.
Something that is often overlooked by people is keeping their browser version up to date because there are often exploits and security issues with older versions that could leave you wide open to your email being compromised. Save yourself the hassle of checking by making sure that you set it up for automatic updates so you can forget all about it while still feeling safe in the knowledge that at least this part is working correctly.
Finally, never use this password for any other website and keep it safe and secure at all times. Be clever with the security question and never go for something obvious, but rather make sure that it is personal to you. Choose a password that is strong, but easy to remember and never write it down anywhere or share it with another individual. That is not to say that they will do something personally, but they may not follow the same security steps as you do.
So, you need to:
- Use an antivirus program and malware detector and run regular scans.
- Keep them up to date for the latest threats.
- Go to your Account Settings and Security Checkup and follow what Google tells you.
- Use their two step verification.Keep your browser updated and select automatic updates.
- Never use the password anywhere else and choose a personal security question.
Your Gmail account may very well be safe, but unless you take certain steps it is always possible that it could be compromised at any point unless you are careful. Emails are being hacked on a daily basis, so it is up to you to make things as hard as possible and never think that it is just something that happens to other people. In all honesty, change your passwords now as you never know what could be going on that you are unaware of.