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8 Security Tips – Gmail Login
Just like any other email systems, Gmail is susceptible to attacks by malicious agents – but thanks to Google’s robust security systems, you do not need to worry about your account hacked if you take simple precautions. To protect yourself against the common attacks, you must simply follow Gmail suggestions for e-mail security. You should change your internet surfing behavior and also activate the latest security features that Google updates.
The first rule in keeping your Gmail login data and password safe is to keep it a secret. Your login data should not be shared or known by anyone including your trusted friends. If you have other emails besides Gmail, you will notice that some of them have poor spam fighting systems. Gmail is known for having one of the strongest anti-spam systems and that is one reason for its popularity. You will rarely get unsolicited spam e-mail in your inbox because they are sent to the spam folder as soon as they arrive.However, if you do get any suspicious e-mail that asks you to provide your login data, you should ignore the email and mark it as spam by clicking the “Report Spam” button.Gmail, Google or YouTube will never send emails asking for users’ passwords or logins.
Another tip to protect your account is to change your login password after a period of time, say every 6 months. When you are changing your Gmail login, you should not repeat the same sequence or codes that you used for the previous passwords. Make a totally new and unique password. Create a password that you can easily remember but it should be strong and not weak. Do not use sequences like 1234… ABCD…4321…or any other formulaic sequence. Your name,surname,street address,city,school,Zip Code, best friend’s name, lover’s name, role models’ names and exact words found in the dictionary should not be used as passwords. These are easy to guess using sophisticated hacking software.
To make your Gmail password more secure, you should only use it for that account and not on any other sites on the internet. When you use your password on many websites, it may be hacked/discovered on one of these sites, and when the hacker finds that you have a Gmail account he/she may use it on that account. Besides, other websites may not have the same robust security as Gmail and therefore you will be putting your password at risk of being stolen.
Use a combination of numbers and letters when creating a password. Never write down the password in a notebook or store it somewhere on your PC. Do not keep it in your email drafts or on any file sharing websites. Many people tend to do this, but if you do not want to forget your password, you should memorize the first 3 or last 3 codes.Tips for strong password.
Make sure that your desktop or laptop is protected with anti-virus or anti-malware software like Norton or Windows Care. Modern browsers like Firefox have protection features that will make your browsing a pleasurable and safe experience. These browsers are always updating their systems for more protection and safety.Hence, it is wise to update your systems or browser if you are asked to do so. This will save you from email attacks that would have been successful if you had an earlier version of a browser or operating system. Most email login problems are caused by problems in our browsers and operating systems, but many also arise from the email server.
When you are accessing your email from a public network e.g. in a library or internet cafe, you should make sure that you log out before you leave. Also choose the option (Always Use HTTPS) in the Gmail settings when you are using a public network or computer. This protocol is more secure than HTTP. With the HTTPS protocol setting, your personal data cannot be stolen or hijacked in a public computer or network that is unsecured.
To constantly monitor your account against illegal logins, you should check the ‘Last Account Activity’ feature at the bottom of your account dashboard. Click the ‘details’ link and you will see the login activity/history for your account for the past days. There is a table that shows you the IP address from which your Gmail account was logged into, the date/time of the login in your time-zone as well as the platform that was used to log in e.g. browser, POP3 or mobile phone. You can activate an alert for suspicious or strange activity in the “Alert Preference” feature.
The first thing to do if you discover that your account has been hacked is to quickly change your password. Regular scans should be done to detect any spyware or malware in your computer system.
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