10 minutes to a safer Gmail account : We show you how
Giving someone access to your email account is like giving them the keys to your kingdom
Every time we set up an account, change a password, or ask for info we use our email account. Imagine if someone was able to snoop around your account or worse, take it over? Everything they needed to take over your identity is sitting in your inbox.
Now Gmail is brilliant - last month they blocked 18 million spam Cover-19 related emails from even reaching you. But the account is only as good as your settings. For peace of mind take 10 minutes to run through these 4 steps:
Check your password
Your email password should be unique. Don't use a password that you've used on other accounts.
Go for passwords that are a minimum of 12 to 14 characters in length Include Numbers, Symbols, Capital Letters, and Lower-Case Letters Stay away from obvious dictionary words and combinations of dictionary words like "bank123" or "RedDog" Don’t use common substitutions for example pa$$w0rd or h0use
Even better - use a Password Manager like Dashlane or LastPass or 1Password
Enable two-factor authentication
They might get into your account but now there's an extra step. Think of it as a double check. You can choose between alerts or a one-time passcode via text message.