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Double check your Google account security

Double check your Google account security

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With your Google account, you get quick access to all Google services and easily sync your data for your work. Read this article and check if your private data is secure enough.

Double check the security of your Google account
If you have an Android-based smartphone, you definitely have a Google account. This means you have easy access to all Google products: browse the internet with Chrome, write personal and business emails in Gmail, sync and share projects via Drive, store pictures in Photos, chat on Hangouts, etc. But is your data well protected? Fortunately, Google takes your online security seriously and offers powerful algorithms to secure your account. However, you should review your settings yourself to further protect your privacy. Read the article, follow the steps and it will take you about two minutes to configure the settings and be on the safe side.

Check for security
First of all, visit the Google Security page. If your account is secure, Google will let you know that your account is protected. You can still check your settings. Click “Get Started” to make sure your settings are configured properly. If Google detects any potential problems, you will see the message “Security issues found”.

Start your security check
In this case, you should select the ‘Secure account’ section.

The security check allows you to review four categories: Your devices, Recent security events, Login and recovery, and Third-party access. A green mark means there is no suspicious activity in the relevant category. A yellow exclamation mark indicates that something is wrong and you should take a closer look at this category.

Your connected devices
This category shows all the devices you have signed in with this Google account. See the list of connected devices and manage them easily by clicking the three dots icon.

Your devices
You’ll see when and where your gadget was last used. If you are no longer using a device, remove it from the list. If you are unable to identify a device, click the ‘I don’t recognize this device’ button. Google recommends changing a password to keep your account safe. This means you’ll be signing out of all devices other than this one. If it’s too annoying, simply remove the device you don’t recognize from the list. Also, Google may provide you with some warnings such as ‘Screen lock not detected’, let you know why this is not safe and suggest you troubleshoot the problem.

Check for security events
This category shows all passwords changed and logins from new devices with your Google account. Google will inform you and ask you to confirm whether you have taken these actions. If yes, Google marks this action as approved. If you select ‘No, it wasn’t me’, Google recommends changing a password. Click ‘Show others’ to see all the latest security events. If you can’t recognize the event, click the relevant section. In this case, you must set a new password.

Login and recovery
Check this category to see all the recovery methods you should be able to restore your account in case you log out and forget your password. Set up or change your recovery phone and email by clicking the pencil icon. After any changes, you must confirm that you really are and enter your account password. If there is any suspicious activity, Google will notify you via the recovery email.

Recently used devices Recently used devices
If you want to get rid of a trusted mobile device, press the information icon next to the entry and visit the ‘Recently used devices’ section. Below is a list of all devices that are currently logged in or have been active for the past 28 days. Examine each device to make sure no one else can access your Google account: its name, the current version of Chrome installed, and the approximate last location that device was used. If you can’t recognize a device, you know what to do – remove it from trusted devices and change your password.

In case you lose your phone or tablet, try the ‘Find your phone’ option: this will make your device ring (even if it’s silent) or show its location on the map. Isn’t it very convenient?

Third party access
Check out third-party services and apps that have access to different parts of your Google account. That way, your installed games can access your sensitive information on Google Play, and training apps will request access to your Google Calendar and contacts. To disable access, make sure you are not using this Google service through this application and turn it off.

Use these tips and tricks to make your Google account even more secure. It won’t take long, but nobody will be able to access your private data. Have fun on Google!

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