Google has added numerous security features to that aim to secure every Gmail sign in on their servers. When you have not chosen to enable these features, you are leaving your account susceptible to security issues that would otherwise have been protected.
We will show you how to further secure your Gmail login so that you reduce the risk of your security concerns regarding your Gmail account.
How to Enable HTTPS Security
By default, Google made the switch to HTTPS security in 2010. If you are a Google Apps user, you may find that your HTTPS is not enabled. In this case, you will want to enable HTTPS security to ensure that your connection is secure at all times.
The steps below will help you setup HTTPS parameters for your Google Apps account.
- Sign into your Google Admin Console.
- Click on security settings.
- Click on Basic settings
- Find the general tab and click Enable SSL.
- Save all of the changes made.
This will enable HTTPS on all user accounts when done by the admin.
Check Granted Account Access
Granted account access is a little-known feature found within your Gmail settings. When setup properly, this feature will allow a certain Gmail account or many Gmail accounts to have the ability to read, delete or send emails from your account. You should periodically check this setting to ensure your account has not been compromised. This can be done by:
- Logging into your Gmail account.
- Clicking the gear icon under your photo on the top right of the page.
- Click settings then click on the Accounts and Import tab.
- Under Grant access to your account, see if any accounts have been granted access to your account.
You may choose to grant access to another account that you own so that if you forget your password, you can easily read your messages.
Check Your Filter
Filters will not help you secure your account, but they can be used by someone that infiltrates your account to divert emails. You can also use filters to divert spam mail to folders or perform immediate actions on them. Check or create filters by:
- Following steps 1 – 2 in the Check Granted Account Access section.
- Click settings then click filters.
- Create a new filter by following the link at the bottom of the page.
- Delete filters by selecting them and clicking “delete.”
Forwarding and POP/IMAP
Following steps 1 – 2 in the Check Granted Account Access section and clicking “settings” will bring you to the main settings page for your Gmail account. Under here, you will find a section called Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
If you are not using an email client to log into your account, disable IMAP and POP.
Another curious section will be the Forwarding section. If you want to forward your mail to another account, you can do so by clicking Add a forwarding address. This will allow you to receive all emails if your account has been compromised and may let you reset your account if a hacker does not disable the forwarding address.
If you notice your mail is being forwarded to an account you did not authorize, simply delete the account from the list.
Revoke Unauthorized Access
You may have granted access to apps to utilize your account. This may pose security concerns and any untrusted access should be revoked. This can be checked by going to this link.
If you want to revoke access, simply click on the respective app and click Revoke access to the right of the page.
Track Account Activity
Sometimes, a person will know that they are hacked or that someone else is using their account without their permission, but there is no proof of this occurring. Now, you can easily Track account activity right from your account thanks to Google.
- Login to your Gmail account
- Go to the very bottom of the page and click the link named Details
Now, a pop up will open displaying what browser, location and time a person has logged into your account. You can force a complete sign out of your account for all sessions, or you can setup Alert Preferences at the bottom of the page. These preferences will alert you when strange activity has occurred on your account, such as logging in from another IP address or country.
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