Google take online security seriously. To protect your Google Account(Gmail), Google strongly recommend following the steps below regularly.

Step 1: Do a Security Checkup

Go to Security Checkup to get personalized security recommendations for your Google Account, including:

Add or update account recovery options

Your recovery phone number and email address are powerful security tools. This contact info can be used to help:

  • Block someone from using your account without your permission
  • Alert you if there’s suspicious activity on your account
  • Recover your account if you’re ever locked out

Turn on 2-Step Verification

2-Step Verification helps prevent a hacker from getting in to your account, even if they steal your password. To avoid common phishing techniques associated with text message codes, choose a stronger second verification step:

  • Security keys (Most secure verification step)
  • Google Prompts (More secure than text message codes)

Remove risky access to your data

Consider removing account access for any non-essential apps to better protect sensitive information.

  • Manage apps with access to your account 
  • Turn off access for apps that use less secure sign-in technology.

Step 2: Update your software

If your browser, operating system, or apps are out-of-date, the software might not be safe from hackers. Keep your software updated to help protect your account.

Update your browser

Make sure you’re using the latest version of your browser.

Visit the developer’s support site to download the browser.

Update your operating system

Make sure you’re using the latest version of the operating system on your device or computer.

Update Android devices

Update Chromebooks

Note: For info on updating other devices and computers, visit the manufacturer’s support site.

Update your apps

Make sure you’re using the latest version of the apps on your phone or computer.

Update Android apps

Consider turning on automatic app updates for your Android devices to help make sure you’re always using the latest version.

Turn on Google Play Protect

Google Play Protect helps keep Android devices safe from harmful apps. Learn how to turn on Google Play Protect.

Step 3: Use unique, strong passwords

It’s risky to use the same password on multiple sites. If your password for one site is hacked, it could be used to get in to your accounts for multiple sites.

Make sure to create a strong, unique password for each account.

Manage your passwords

A password manager can help you generate and manage strong, unique passwords. Consider using one from Chrome or another trusted password manager provider.

Help protect your password from hackers

To get notified if you enter your Google Account password on a non-Google site, turn on Password Alert for Chrome. That way, you’ll know if a site is impersonating Google, and you can change your password if it gets stolen.

If your browser, operating system, or apps are out-of-date, the software might not be safe from hackers. Keep your software updated to help protect your account.

Make sure you’re using the latest version of your browser.

Make sure you’re using the latest version of the operating system on your device or computer.

Update Android devices

Learn how to check and update your Android version.

Update Chromebooks

Make sure you’re using the latest version of the apps on your phone or computer.

Update Android apps

Consider turning on automatic app updates for your Android devices to help make sure you’re always using the latest version.

Turn on Google Play Protect

Google Play Protect helps keep Android devices safe from harmful apps. Learn how to turn on Google Play Protect.

Step 3: Use unique, strong passwords

It’s risky to use the same password on multiple sites. If your password for one site is hacked, it could be used to get in to your accounts for multiple sites.

Make sure to create a strong, unique password for each account.

A password manager can help you generate and manage strong, unique passwords. Consider using one from Chrome or another trusted password manager provider.

To get notified if you enter your Google Account password on a non-Google site, turn on Password Alert for Chrome. That way, you’ll know if a site is impersonating Google, and you can change your password if it gets stolen.

Step 4: Remove apps & browser extensions you don’t need

As more apps are installed on a device, it can become more vulnerable. Install only essential apps and browser extensions on devices that have access to sensitive information. Avoid installing unknown apps or apps from unknown sources to protect your device and personal info.

Ensure to

  • Delete or disable apps on Android devices
  • Uninstall extensions on Chrome
  • Uninstall apps or extensions on Chromebooks

Step 5: Protect against suspicious messages & content

Hackers can use emails, text messages, phone calls, and web pages to pretend to be institutions, family members, or colleagues.

Avoid suspicious requests

  • Never give out your passwords. Google will never ask for your password in an email, message, or phone call.
  • Don’t reply to suspicious emails, texts, instant messages, webpages, or phone calls that ask for your personal or financial info.
  • Don’t click links in emails, messages, webpages, or pop-ups from untrustworthy websites or senders.

Avoid suspicious emails

Gmail is designed to help protect your account by automatically identifying suspicious emails. You can also use these tips to help you identify suspicious emails and settings:

  • Check if a Gmail message might be fake.
  • See if the email address and the sender name match.
  • If you get a suspicious email in Gmail, report spam or phishing to help us stop similar emails in the future.
  • Check your Gmail settings to make sure there’s no unfamiliar activity.

Avoid suspicious web pages

Google Chrome and Search are designed to warn you about suspicious content and unwanted software.

Learn how to manage these warnings in Chrome and Search.

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