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How to secure your Gmail account

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

16 May 2016

These days, we all use Gmail. Your mum uses Gmail. Heck, your grandma uses Gmail. Those of us that signed up in our teens might now regret using our year of birth in our Gmail addresses, but we still love the service as much as we did before you could have ninjas on your inbox background.

In short, we couldn’t live without it.

But is your Gmail account as secure as it can be?

Wait – are you saying that Gmail isn’t secure?

No. We’re not saying that. We’re saying that YOUR Gmail account may not be as secure as it should be.

Those of us that use VPNs can often assume that our online security is totally in control. We think that just because SurfEasy VPN creates a secure encryption tunnel to protect our connection to the internet, we don’t have to worry about things like our email or our accounts on websites and services.

But, of course, we do.

No matter how secure your net connection, if your Gmail username is [email protected] and your password is “password”, your account isn’t going to be as secure as it can be. And that leaves you open to hackers.

So what can you do?

  1. Do a Security Checkup on your account

Log in to your Google account, click onto the Security Checkup section, click Get Started and follow the instructions to check how secure your account currently is.

  1. Check and update your Account Recovery options

If you lose access to your Gmail account, Google will contact you via email or phone, or allow you to access your account via a secret question. Log into your Google account and ensure that these methods are up to date.

  1. Enroll in 2-Step Verification

2-Step Verification requires both a password and a code for you to log into your Gmail account. The code will be sent to your phone, so ensure that your contact details are up to date. To turn on 2-Step Verification, go to the 2-Step Verification page on your Google account, select “Start Setup” and follow the instructions from there.

  1. Update your password

Use a password that you don’t use for any other website and service, and ensure that it uses capital letters and lower case letters as well as numbers and punctuation. Never send your password via email or write it down; commit it to memory.

Using SurfEasy VPN is a common-sense move in ensuring your online security. However, there are many other things that you can do to make sure that you’re safe online. Start with your Gmail account. You won’t regret it.

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