Security Problems When Using Google Accounts – How To Solve Them
If you suspect that someone who knows you changed your password, reset it so no other person cannot connect to your account. To do so, enter your username on the password-assistance Web page.
* For Google Accounts without Gmail: the full e-mail address used to create the account.
* For Google Accounts with Gmail: everything that appears before ‘@ gmail.com’
If you believe another person has access to the e-mail address associated with your Google Account, change your password and e-mail. Learn more about maintaining your account safe.
Keeping your account safe
To Google, the security of their users accounts is very important. To ensure the computer security and maintenance of your account, you should regularly perform the following steps:
1. Check for viruses and malware. Perform a scan of your computer with a reliable antivirus. If the antivirus software detects suspicious programs or applications, remove them immediately.
2. Regularly update the account’s recovery options. Do not forget to update the account’s recovery options to be sure that they are constantly updated.
3. Change your password at least twice a year. Choose a password that contains a combination of numbers, characters and uppercase and lowercase letters to reinforce the security of your account.
4. Regularly update your operating system and browser. Whether you use Windows or Mac OS, you should enable automatic update settings to update every time you receive a notification. To check for updates to Internet Explorer browser, select Tools tab and click on Windows Update. In Firefox, you can simply click the Help option and select Check for Updates. Note that Google Chrome automatically updates to a newer version when this is released.
5. Never use your Google Account password on another Website. If you enter your password on an external Website and this is compromised, someone could try to connect to your Google account using the same information.
6. Protect your password. Never enter your password after following a link from an e-mail received from an untrusted site. Always go directly to mail.google.com and www.google.com / accounts / login. Also, never send your password via e-mail. Google will never send an e-mail to request your password or other sensitive information.
If you use Gmail:
* Update your recovery e-mail address and security question. This will help you to recover your account if you cannot access it. Make sure you have access to the e-mail address that you entered as a valid e-mail address and that you easily remember the answer to the security question, which is supposedly hard to guess by others.
* Use a secure connection to connect. In Gmail settings, select “Always use https “. This setting protects you against theft when you connect to Gmail in a public Wireless network, for example, in a cafe or a hotel.
Also make sure:
* Never tell anyone your password. If however, you tell someone, change it soon.
* Use a secure password, do not write it or send it via e-mail.
* Run the scan and change your password once you have noticed changes in your account that you have not started.
* Always Disconnect from your account after you go to a public computer. Just click Disconnect in the top right corner of the screen when you are finished using your Google Account.
* Clear forms, passwords, empty the cache and delete cookies from your browser regularly, especially when using a public computer.
If you notice suspicious behavior of the computer, for example, a general slowdown in advertising and pop-ups, you must perform these steps more frequently.
You need to create a strong password in order to be protected. To protect your Google account and personal information, Google urges you to choose a strong password. Safety depends on the strength of your account password. Google Accounts passwords should be at least eight characters and have a combination of numbers and letters. They should not include commonly used words. Here are some tips designed to help you create a strong password:
* Select a term or acronym and insert numbers between some of its letters.
* Use punctuation.
* Use both lowercase and uppercase.
Note: For your safety, you should not reuse passwords associated with your e-mail or any other type of account.
If you are not the only person using that computer you own or if you use a public computer, and see an unknown user name in the upper right corner of the page, you must know that this can happen if someone else has selected the option ‘Remember my settings on this computer ” and he did not disconnect himself when leaving the computer. In this case, this Google Account may be accessed by anyone using that computer. Google encourages you to click Logout link in the upper right corner of the page and then sign in with your own username and password. If the problem persists, we advise you to clear your cache and cookies.
If you have lost your username and can’t remember the password either, there are still some things that you can do in order to recover this information. Google treats personal information very seriously and the security problems as well, that’s why is very difficult to recover your data once you have lost them. Therefore, Google returns accounts only when they are sure that they are returning the accounts to their true owners. Because Google does not require personal information when you create your account, it does not have many ways to check if you really do have an account.
But there are ways to recover your data. For this, read our next article related to this topic.11