Most of the Gmail users know that Gmail is not merely an email account. Your Gmail account information provides you access to a myriad of Google applications and services. Moreover, you can access third-party online accounts with the help of Gmail.
Consider a worst case scenario when an unauthorized person gains access to your Gmail account information. A strictly professional person who uses Gmail and other Google services such as Calendar and Google Drive for his daily office work can truly realize the aftermath of losing his account.
If you are not an office worker but still use Gmail for your business chores, think about losing your Gmail account and then eventually losing your PayPal and other financial service accounts. Hackers are getting stronger and they can bring havoc anytime in your life by gaining access to your Gmail account information. Therefore, it is necessary that you secure your Gmail account.
Gmail account information
Before learning the tips to secure your Gmail account information, it is important to know the major components of your Gmail account.
Your Gmail account information mainly consists of:
- Username/ email address and password
- Account recovery details such as questions and their answers
- Phone numbers and secondary email address
- Personal details
When a hacker gets hands on one or more of these components, he can easily hack a Gmail account. Therefore, it is necessary to secure all these components. Let’s talk about how you can work to make your Gmail account information more secure.
The most secure solution is already out there; the problem is that many Gmail users tend to ignore the security threats and don’t activate the security features present in the Gmail account. The two-step verification system, also called multi-factor authentication is a sign-in method which gives an extra layer of security in addition to your account password. As soon as you enter your account credentials, a verification code is sent to your mobile phone. You can access your account only when you enter the correct verification code.
Why many users ignore the two-step verification method?
Many Gmail users tend to skip this highly secure method because they find it so cumbersome to go through an extra login step. If you are one of them, we encourage you to think once again and consider the worst-case scenario which we mentioned in the beginning. Is an extra step to log into your account harder than losing your account, with all the other personal information such as bank details?
Account Activity Notifications
Here is another very effective method to secure your Gmail account. As soon as Gmail account detects some unusual activity related to your account, you will get a notification as an email. The unusual activity may include a sign in from a remote location; sign in from a new device, any changes in the Gmail account information such as security questions and reply-to email, and so on.
These notifications are very handy because, in an event where your account gets compromised, you get notified within no time. This helps you to initiate the account recovery process in time. This also allows you to manage your other online accounts that are connected to your Gmail account. You can also manage your personal information effectively; for example, if your bank details were in your inbox, you can change your bank details first so that a hacker or an unauthorized person can’t access your finances.
How to change your Gmail account information
If you get a notification about a suspicious account activity, it is better to change your Gmail account information. Editing your account information is very easy and can be completed in a few minutes.
This brings us to another important fact that receiving a bad notification shouldn’t be your only point of action to edit your account information. If you feel like one or more of your account information components are weak and hack-able, you should change them right away and make them stronger.
Here are the steps to change your Gmail account information:
- Login to your Gmail account
- Click on the gear icon on the top-right of the screen and click on the Settings.
- In the Settings section, you can change different components of Gmail account information.
- To change your name, click on the Edit info in the Send email
- You can change the reply-to email address as well in the Send email
- To change your password and account recovery details, click on the Google Account Settings.
- Then click on Edit your personal info.
- Change the information that you want to change.
- To add a secondary email address, click on add an additional email address in the Settings
Once you have made your account information stronger, it gets more difficult for the hackers to get hands on your account.
Opening every third-party application with Gmail
There is no denying the fact that the option to log into any third-party application with the help of your Gmail account information is a great facility. It saves you from lengthy sign-up processes. However, one should think twice before handing over his Gmail credentials to a third-party site because not every online platform has the best security features.
Hackers look for online platforms where users use the Gmail credentials as login. If the security protocols of a specific third-party website are weak, you can lose your Gmail account information. Therefore, it is always preferable to verify the security arrangements of a site before using the Gmail credentials as login.