How Can I Protect My Gmail Account?

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For most people, even though it is still an older technology, email is still the number one way that they do business in the world of the internet.

They are used to the ability of checking the account whenever they want and they still might not be comfortable with the real time aspects of most newer communication applications that are out there.

Sure, email may be a slower way to communicate than some of the newer applications, but it is still one of the most effective ways to get your message across.

Email Accounts Are Appealing To Black Hat Hackers

But… black hat hackers know that a lot of people still use email as their main form of communication, so they have focused their latest attacks in getting past this road block.

In particular they have focused on getting past the security barriers that are layed down by Google.

Google’s Gmail service is one of the most popular email services out there and because of that, it has become a target.

When you are dealing with Gmail or any other email accounts, you have to be careful who can gain access to it.

There are a couple of steps that you can take to make sure that no one but you is able to access the account.

Do not give the log in information to anyone else, or most of these techniques will be rendered moot.

The first thing that you want to do before you try to protect your password, is to make sure that you have your reset password details set.

In case you are hacked, you can let Google know that you are the real owner by answering a few questions.

If you are not able to answer these questions, or if they are not set, then you will not be able to access the account.

So make sure that you have this feature set.

Password Security Is Paramount

After that is done, make sure that you have a password that will not be easy to guess.

When creating the password, use symbols, numbers, and Capitalized letters.

Also make sure that the word is not a dictionary word.

Using all of these precautions, you will be able to keep the attacker from guessing the password.

Another thing that you should do, is to access GMail from as few locations as possible.

Do not access your account from a public computer if possible.

Some people forget to log out when they do this regularly and people are able to get in and see your information.

When you log into Gmail, if anything seems off, you can check the IP address of whoever logged in last.

At the bottom of the page, Google has set up a feature that is called “Last Known Activity”.

You can check this to see if anyone besides you has access your account.

To check your IP, go to WhatsmyIP.com and compare it to the ones that are listed on Google.

Keep in mind that if you logged in from a remote place, such as work, it will give a different address.

Or if you have an ISP that uses dynamic IP addresses, it will not be as effective as well.

These are a couple of ways that you can protect your email.

Make sure that you use them.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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