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How to Secure your Gmail Account

Oyetoke Tobi - Thursday, June 16, 2016

We all have Email accounts we use often to receive emails from corporate business, families, friends and so many more, irrespective of the Email service we are using. Almost 70% of us are using Gmail as our emails and can you assume how much data someone could easily steal if they hacked into your Gmail account? 

Better you don't become a victim before you realize how much data can be stole from you. So instead of making your emails vulnerable to attacks, you can use these quick and easy steps to secure your Gmail account right now.

Creating a New Strong Password

One of the first steps in securing your gmail account is to create a strong, complex and robust password that gives the hackers difficulties in cracking them. Obviously you don't want to use a weak password for your Gmail account. Then make a password that is 12 characters long at minimum. Your password should contain Alphabets, Characters and Numbers you can remember.

For example:

1net3=Blic!*

A combination of passwords that can't be found in the dictionary like

gbuK*Paihdb,

And you can also use a strong password creator. Log in to your Gmail account, click on the cog icon and then select "Settings". From there you can click on "Account and Import" tab. Then you can change your password to a new strong password

2. Accessing your security settings. 

You can go to your Google account to set your security settings. Google has a lot of security you can use to secure your gmail accounts. You can also monitor your gmail accounts login date, time, location and device. 

So log into Gmail, click on your profile picture at the top-right side of the screen, and click on My Account to get to your dashboard. Then click on Sign-In & Security to monitor, access and manage security settings

3. Enable two-step verification

This referred to as two-factor authentication at times, this just means that you’ll have a password as usual and you'll need another physical identifier to access your account which would be your Smartphones.

This would be very difficult for hackers to crack your Gmail accounts because without your Smartphone, they won't be able to have access to your phone.

So to set it up,  log into your Gmail account, click on your profile picture at the top-right side of the screen, and click on My Account to get to your dashboard. Then click on Sign-In & Security, then under Password & Sign-In Method, click on 2-Step Verification. 

You'll be asked to enter your mobile phone number, so enter your mobile phone number and then you’ll receive a text message with a code, enter it when asked to do so.

Henceforth, whenever you want to log into your account, you’ll receive a code from Gmail on your phone. In that manner if someone tries to hack into your account, they won’t be able to since they don’t have your phone.

That’s it! I think these three steps should be okay for you to secure your gmail accounts.


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