You know you should start worrying about your Gmail account security when you know that ‘how to hack a Gmail account’ is the second most searched hacking topic; only after ‘how to hack a facebook account’. Hackers of all kinds are everywhere and they are always looking for ways to get access to your account.
However, there is a problem (for the hackers); unlike other online platforms, hacking Gmail is one of the most difficult challenges for any hacker. This means that merely a hacking tool and a few foolish steps from an account holder would not be enough to hack a Gmail account. So before we talk about anything, make one thing clear that all the Gmail hacking tools available online are fake, they are only there to make some easy money by fooling people. We tell you the reason why.
How to Hack a Gmail Account
The Alphabet Inc. is one of the biggest internet companies in the world, known for the quality of services and the security of the user data. Apart from highly strict security measures, the company has a big bounty program through which it invites all the talented ethical hackers around the world to look for any potential loopholes in the Gmail security and rewards those who identify a problem.
Hence, anyone who thinks that he can hack into one of the safest online accounts in the world through a cheap hacking tool is just daydreaming and nothing more. But having said all this, we all know that hacking a Gmail account is very very difficult, but not impossible. There are ways to hack a Gmail account; this contradicts our earlier claims of Google being one of the safest internet companies, but it is important here to understand that most of the hacking techniques are not related to the strength of Gmail’s security protocols, but they are directly or indirectly associated with the users’ actions.
So, let’s get to know how to hack a Gmail account and how you can prevent your account from getting hacked by these methods.
Phishing is the most common technique used by the hackers and unfortunately, no online platform is safe from this technique. It is a hacking method where hackers create a Xerox copy of the website’s pages. Most of the times, these pages are the login pages of these websites. When the users fail to recognize the difference between the original page and the fake one, they enter their credentials and hence, the login credentials are stolen by the hackers. Same is the case with Gmail login page. To make these fake login pages more trustworthy, the hackers redirect the users to the original Gmail login page as soon as they enter the login credentials. Hence, the users don’t know even after getting hacked.
How to protect yourself from phishing
The most important thing in the prevention of Gmail account is to recognize the fake URL. You receive tons of messages and emails over different platforms and hackers use those messages and emails to send you the fake URLs. Most of the time, we don’t give much attention to the URL while visiting a website and that is what benefits the hackers most. They create fake login pages with URLs that look similar to the original URL but are certainly not the same. Let’s put all this together in the form of bullet points so that it gets easier for you to understand and then implement.
- Always look closely to the URL of the login page at least once before you enter your credentials.
- The legal URLs are https://mail.google.com/ or https://www.gmail.com/. Any link differentiating from these two is not Gmail.
- Look for the HTTPS (green colored) before the site address. All the fake websites would be
Like we said at the start, most of the ways to hack Gmail account are NOT purely hacking methods; they directly or indirectly involve some user action that leads the hackers into the account. You will best understand this when you know what is social engineering.
What is social engineering?
In the domain of information security, social engineering is a process of acquiring the information of the users of whom you want to hack the Gmail account. The information includes complete names, date of birth, nicknames, pet’s name, postal address, native town, family information, and so on. This information is then manipulated to gain access to the Gmail account.
How to hack a Gmail account with social engineering?
If you have ever reset your Gmail account’s password, you will know that there are some security questions that you have to answer before you reset your password. Now if a hacker knows yours and your family’s information, he might have the right answers to your security questions. The security questions involve common things such as your place of birth, pet’s name and so on. When the hacker knows the answers, he can change the password and snatch the account from you just like that.
Another way to hack a Gmail account using social engineering is guessing your passwords. When a user sets an easy to remember passwords, it usually involves his date of birth, pet’s name, parents names, and so on. And a hacker can easily crack it within a few guesses.
How to prevent your Gmail account from social engineering hacks?
Let’s get straight to bullet points:
- While setting security questions don’t choose the most common security questions such as your place of birth and pet’s name. You can work around these questions to make it more difficult for the hackers. The most preferable way is to select question whose answer is only known to you.
- Same applies to your account’s password. Don’t set your personal information as your account’s password. If you want to include your personal information in the password to make it more memorable, include some numbers and characters. You can also use a mix of upper case and lower case letters.
Let’s conclude here and talk about the other hacking methods some other day. We talked in detail about the two most common answers to the question how to hack a Gmail account. If you work on these two methods, you will save your Gmail accounts from the majority of hacking attempts. We will soon talk about some other methods that the hackers use to hack Gmail accounts.
Have you ever been a victim of Gmail phishing attack or a Social engineering attack? Let us know about your experience and how you managed to cope with it.