HOW TO SECURE YOUR GMAIL ACCOUNT:
Take these quick and easy steps to secure your Gmail account
Step 1: Check for viruses and malware
Run a scan on your computer with a trusted anti-virus software. If the scan detects any suspicious programs or applications, remove them immediately.
Step 2: Do an account Security Checkup
Go to the My Account page. In the “Security Checkup” section, select Get Started and follow the on-screen instructions to check your account security.
Step 3: Update your account recovery options
Check that your account recovery options are up-to-date.
Step 4: Enroll in 2-step verification
2-Step Verification adds an extra layer of security to your account. The process requires you to sign in with something you know (your password) and something you have (a code sent to your phone).
Each time you sign in to your Google Account, you’ll need your password and a verification code. Learn more
Add an extra layer of security
Enter your password and a unique verification code that’s sent to your phone.
Keep the bad guys out
Even if someone else gets your password, it won’t be enough to sign in to your account.
Step 5: Perform regular operating system and browser updates
Make sure you’ve set your computer to update automatically. If you get a notice to update, take care of it right away.
Step 6: Never use your Google Account password on another website
If you enter your password in an external website and it’s compromised, someone could try to sign in to your Google Account with the same information. Make sure to change your Google Account password.
Step 7: Protect your password
Never enter your password after following a link in an email from an untrusted site. Always go directly to mail.google.com or accounts.google.com/login.
Step 8: Use a strong password
Don’t write it down, send it via email, or tell anyone. Google will never email you to ask for your password or other sensitive information.
Step-9: If you use a public computer, take these extra steps:
- Always sign out of your account. At the top of the page, click your name, email address, or profile picture. Then, select Sign out.
- Clear forms, passwords, cache, and cookies in your browser on a regular basis.
- Note: You should perform these steps more frequently if you begin to notice suspicious behaviour in your computers, such as general slowness and pop-up advertisements. For more tips about online safety, visit Google’s Safety Center.