Gmail is one of the most popular email service available to all corner of the world, thanks to its creator, Google – the name itself describe that it is user-friendly and very tight in security. Though Google helps you in keeping your emails safe, your Gmail account may still get hacked by hackers, scammers, phishers from all over the web.
Well, the good news is that you can secure your Gmail Account that many of us do not know. Below find out some technical and non-technical tips that will further help to strengthen the security of your account.
1 – Check Your Filters
Hackers are still able to access your emails even after you have re-secured your account because of forwarding rules that send your emails to them.
In order to stop this, go to Settings> Forwarding and POP/IMAP and make sure that you select “disable forwarding”. After this check filters and see that there is no forward email is set to any address that you don’t identify.
2 – Two-Step Verification
Google has provided the 2-step verification features that add extra layer of security by confirming the code sent to your phone number each time when you request to access your account.
Under Setup Page, you have to follow some steps and you are done! With the use of 2-step verification features nobody can access your account without your phone number. In addition you can also create backup of phone number and printable backup codes, if in case you lost your phone.
3 – Password Recovery Settings
Once your account gets hacked and you have re-secured your account, hacker could still get access to your email as they alter your password recovery option.
Check that extra email id is not added. Go to Settings> Accounts and Import->Google account settings->Change password recovery options->Email.
Also make sure that your phone number and security question is not changed. A skilled attacker will keep the security question same but change the answer which they know.
4 – Documents and Calendars Settings
Along with email service, Gmail also offers others features which open more options for hackers to your account. If you use Google Voice, then make sure that your voicemails and messages are not sent to any extra address that you do not know. Also check Google Drive and make sure that your documents are not shared with addresses that you have not authorized. Next, in Calendar settings, under private address section hit on “reset private URLs” – it changes the private address that can access your calendar. After this you can hit on “Share this calendar” section. Also check that there aren’t any unknown email addresses that you don’t recognize.
5 – Check for Apps Permission
Since, Gmail is not just email account it is an entire suite of applications and therefore you need to check whether the hackers has added their own malware applications. Since, we give permissions to lots of applications without thinking anything about it, a hacker can add their own malicious app that gives a complete access to your account. So, you must need to check all the application in your account and you must recognize them, if not then remove them.
If a professional hacker is really behind hacking your account then there is usually no way that you prevent the attack, However, if you do your best to avoid the possible methods of attacks, then there are very less chance for hacker to hack your account. So, you must follow the above mentioned Gmail tips and tricks to avoid the hacking of your account.