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Secure Your Gmail Account

Secure Your Gmail Account

People love Gmail because it's easy-to-use and works well on all browsers and devices. It's reliable enough to be used by many enterprise customers as well, and its intuitive interface and seamless integration with the rest of Google's apps and services is a major selling point for quite a few people.


But what about security? Is Gmail the most secure email service out there?


It certainly gives you more than a few security mechanisms that can make the crooks' job a lot more difficult. It's up to you to know how to use them. Let's have a look at them.



2 step verification


It's easier than you think for someone to steal your password

Any of these common actions could put you at risk of having your password stolen:

 

Using the same password on more than one site

Downloading software from the Internet

Clicking on links in email messages

 

 

 

2-Step Verification can help keep bad guys out, even if they have your password.

Most people only have one layer – their password – to protect their accounts. With 2-Step Verification, if a bad guy hacks through your password layer, he'll still need your phone or Security Key to get into your account.

Google 2-Step Verification Page



Delegate Access to your Gmail Account


Gmail can grant access to an email account that you own to another person. This allows them to read, send and delete emails on your behalf, as well as managing your contacts by naming them as a delegate on your account. It will be a security threat if you don’t know the delegates of your account.

You can check the delegate from Gmail setting, In Accounts and Import tab. There you can see Grant access to your account section and the name and email of the delegate if any.



Gmail Filters


Filters in Gmail are automation rules that allow you to redirect emails as they hit your inbox, thereby saving you the trouble of having to sort and manage emails manually.

For instance, you can redirect certain newsletters from certain senders into a separate inbox, or directly send emails from certain sources to the trash. In Gmail, you can even use filters to add importance markers and labels of different types and colors. By weeding out emails this way, you can free up space, reduce stress levels, and focus on the conversations that really matter.

Gmail Filter has so many features that can be a disadvantage if you’re not careful while creating a Gmail filter, for example, Skip the inbox, Forward it, Delete it, Never mark it as important - are some of them.



Gmail Forwarding


This is another useful feature offered by the Gmail team which allows us to forward any email coming into our Gmail account to any other account.

Hackers usually forward all emails to their own accounts and since this feature is not widely known or used, people rarely realize that someone else is reading their email.

You can go to the forwarding page to check if your email is being forwarded to any other email address.

Goto Gmail, go to settings and click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP 




Application - Authorisation

Most users try to protect their accounts from direct unauthorized access by other human beings. As futuristic and implausible as it sounds, however, sometimes, the immediate threat doesn't come from a living, breathing creature.

Each time you sign up for an app that requires Google account authorization, you’re providing that app with access to your information. Even if you don’t use the app anymore, the information is still available to them. To see all of the apps that are connected to your Google account, Click Here


If you see applications you don't recognize, remove them immediately. If you see apps that you do recognize, but you no longer use them, remove them as well.

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