Wednesday, 22 October 2014

How to secure your gmail account (must know)




 Gmail is a primary account, all other secondary accounts  like twitter, facebook, blogger, youtube, etc can be accessed if somebody has hacked your gmail account that is your primary account. So it is necessary to secure your gma
il account in order to keep all other secondary accounts safe from it.Google has introduced new techniques which are better than the older techniques that will help you secure your gmail account.So below are some of the tips that will help you to secure your gmail account, which are disccussed in details.

Enable HTTPS Security


  1. Log in to your gmail account.
  2. There will be a gear like icon will appear. Click on that icon and several options will appear.
  3. Then in it , click settings option. In settings go to genreal tab.
  4. Find browser connections and in it check always use https option.
Note - Nowadays gmail has enabled https for all gmail accounts by default but if it is not enabled in yours , you can do so by the 4 simple steps given above.

2 Step verification

This options gives you a little bit extra security by sending you a code everytime you request it to send , this code is sent on your mobile phone which is then used to access your gmail account. It makes impossible for your gmail account to get hacked until your phone is safe.

  1. Go to this link https://accounts.google.com/SmsAuthConfig
  2. Click start setup option and make sure before this that you are logged in in your gmail account.
  3. Enter your mobile number and click send code.
  4. a code will be received in your mobile then enter that code in the box in step 2 of 2 step verification by doing this your mobile will be verified.
  5. Follow the further steps and you will be able to set 2 step verification, its easy !!

Check filter forwarding and POP/IMAP

According to google support gmail filter is defined as "Gmail's filters allow you to manage the flow of incoming messages. Using filters, you can automatically label, archive, delete, star, or forward your mail, even keep it out of Spam."
  1. Click gear icon and then settings option in it.
  2. And in settings page click on filter tab.
  3. Then delete the filters that have not been set by you.
Now you need to check the forwarding and POP/IMAP tab to confirm there is no foreign forwarding address included in this tab except those assigned by you.

Revoke Unathourized access

Whenever you want to use some app that needs access to your gmail account first, the app asks for certain permissions as in facebook. But some times hackers use some tricks to get certain permissions that are needed for hacking. So you need to revoke unathourized access. To do so go to this link and at this link you will get a list of services to which you have granted access, if you find any wrong thing in list then select it and click revoke access option on right side.

Check out the account activity

The account activity option allows you to find who logged in your gmail account, from where, when ,etc so you can find if some one else is logging in your gmail account. To check account activity :

  1. Login in to your gmail account
  2. As soon as you login in your account, you will see last account text below mails, and a details link below it.
  3. Click the details link and account activity page will appear where you can check all the account activities.

Password

  1. Having a strong password is very important , otherwise if you have a password like your name or mobile number then any one can guess it and access your account.
  2. In your password include letters, symbols and numbers, which makes it hard to guess.
  3. Keep your password long, atleast 8 character.
  4. Do not use a password that is a word in a dictionary.