When you are using a free email platform, you have to make sure that you are checking out the different ways in which you can tie up your security and ensure that intruders will not be able to get hold of your confidential data.
Most of us store sensitive and confidential information in our emails. If such information is extracted by unauthorized people, you can end up in a soup. To sort out such problems, here are some of the steps that will help you secure your free Gmail account.
Two Step Identification
Are you paranoid about someone having access to your confidential files locked up in your email? If you are, Gmail offers you a two-step authentication process. You can visit the setup page and follow the simple instructions to install the setting.
Every time you need to check your email, you will need to have a code sent to your mobile number. Upon retrieving it, you need to punch in the code to confirm your identity. This is an extremely effective way of keeping intruders away. It can be a little frustrating to follow the process every time, but if security matters more to you than time, this is definitely handy.
Are you one of those users who ends up clicking, “I agree” on all the big warning files because you just do not have the time, energy and the patience to read the details? Many a times, when you do so, you end up offering access to many undesirable websites and applications. These are the perfect hot spots for hackers to lay down their trap. The biggest trouble is you may not notice it too because the access approval is linked to your Google profile and this gets integrated into your Gmail account automatically.
If you have already done so, you do not have anything to worry about. You can move over to the settings page to check the accounts, websites, and applications that you have allowed access to. If there is any application that you do not trust or if there are sites that you probably do not need, simply click on unauthorized or click ‘revoke access’ and you will be able to secure your account.
Set An Alert
Even after implementing the above, if you still have sleepless nights over what would happen if your account were compromised, Gmail still has another feature for you. You can activate an option for setting an alert for an unusual activity. Gmail has been designed in such a manner that you can check out the details of your account activity. When you have logged in to your account from multiple places, the details will show you the IP address and the location of those devices.
Should you notice any abnormal activity, the best option is to set an alert. The alert would notify you every time it spots unusual activity of any kind.
These are some of the different ways in which you can secure your Gmail account and thus rest easy in the knowledge that your information will stay safe and intruders cannot misuse it at all.