You use your Google account for Gmail, but you can also use it for other apps, including Android phone sign-in and Google Play. For this reason breaking your his password can be much worse than just blocking your Email .

If you are using Gmail to authenticate other accounts such as Twitter , Facebook utilities, and banks, this means your requests to reset your passwords will be redirected to the hacked account, and your hacker will now have full access to large parts of your digital life.

There are some important steps you can and should take to protect your password Google :

  1. Don’t reuse passwords . Composing a unique password for each service you use is the most important rule. Using the same password makes it easier for hackers to access your data. If you only use one, they can guess your password once and know it everywhere. If you don’t want to write down every password, use the system management, such as PassPack or LastPass to store them digitally. You still need to make sure your passwords are strong and you still need to change them from time to time. Even LastPass has been hacked.

  2. Don’t make up your own passwords. Many sites offer tips on how to create memorable, secure passwords but they will never be as safe as letting the machine do it. People fall into patterns and tend to place numbers, symbols, and capital letters in the same place.

    Use a random password generator to generate secure passwords. Most password storage services, including LastPass and Chrome’s built-in password saving feature, offer the ability to generate a password when you need to come up with a new one and remember it for you.

    To view passwords saved with Chrome’s secure password save feature, visit chrome://settings/passwords.

  3. Use two-step verification. Two step verification requires two separate elements: something you have and something you know. Set up your Google account to use two-step verification based on your password and your phone. When you sign in from a new computer, Google will send you a text for added security.

    Google Suggests own authenticator app, which works on two different sites.

  4. Make sure your secondary email address in Gmail is still valid. Google uses your alternate email address, to contact you in case your primary address is compromised or you have forgotten your password.

    To check your recovery email address, go to > Settings > Accounts and Import > Change password recovery options . Look at the entry for email recovery and make sure it’s correct.

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  5. Don’t use security questions that anyone can discover . Consider lying to validation questions in a way that you remember, but others won’t guess. Write down the name of your favorite stuffed animal as your first pet, or imagine that you actually grew up in Narnia.

  6. Delete all messages about registration containing your password, or use a simple password to register with the service and then immediately change it to something more secure.

  7. Update your computer’s antivirus software . Password protection won’t help you if someone has compromised your desktop with a keylogger.

  8. Delete all emails containing passwords, especially if you have been using the same passwords for a long time. To find them go to your Gmail account and use the search box, to find any link you may have pointed to «password» or «registration». Delete any registration messages you have sent containing your password, or use it as an opportunity to proceed to change your password.

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