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My Top 7 Google Security Tips for Users and Admins

I.  Create Safe and Secure Passwords – By far the easiest way to access your mail account for nefarious activity is by using a stolen password.gmailhacked
Google Apps User

  • Make sure you create safe and unique passwords for all your important accounts
  • Make sure you store your passwords in a secure way
  • Try using a password generator and password vault to create and store passwords

Google Apps Admins

  • Set Password Policies that include strength and recovery requirement
  • Regularly Monitor and audit user’s password strengths

II.  Change Your Password and Update Account Recovery Options – Creating unique passwords for online accounts and setting up Gmail account recovery options will help avoid account hijacking.
Google Apps User

  • Make sure you add a valid recovery phone number
  • Make sure you add a valid recovery email address
  • If you are still unable to access your account you can have your administrator reset your password

Google Apps Admins

  • Make sure you add password recovery information for users
  • Make sure you add recovery options to administrator account
  • If unable to access you can have another administrator reset your password
  • If no other admin is available, you can use the domain verification method

III.  Turn on 2-Step Verification – Google’s 2-Step verification is one of the most useful ways to avoid getting you account hacked. This feature allows you to use your cell phone as a second form of authentication via a special code texted to you from Google.
Google Apps User

  • Setup is easy just follow these Get Started instructions
  • Be sure you also set up backup codes for when you don’t have your phone
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IV.  Check your account for unusual activity – Auditing and reviewing your account activity is a great way to confirm if you have or have not been hacked.
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  • Check your account activity by clicking the tiny details link next to the last account activity line at the bottom right corner of any Gmail page
  • Last account activity will show information about recent activity in your mail. Recent activity includes any time that your mail was accessed using a browser,  POP client, a mobile device, or a third-party application. Also see underrstanding your last account activity data

Google Apps Admins

  • If you have access to reports, you can setup audits, monitor usage, check admin logs, review activity/security reports, identify externally shared drive files, and many other potential security risks

V.  Check your Gmail settings – Edit and manage your Gmail settings to ensure they are correctly set up.
Google Apps User

Google Apps Admins

  • If you have access to reports, you can setup audits, monitor usage, check admin logs, review activity/security reports, identify externally shared drive files, and many other potential security risks

VI.  Protect against Viruses, Malware, Phishing Scams – Viruses, malware, and phishing email can cause a lot of damage, know how to find, fix, and avoid them.
Google Apps User

Google Apps Admins

VII.  Update your Browser for latest security and privacy fixes – One of the most overlooked security areas; having an outdated browser can pose a significant security risk, make sure you are using the latest version of your browser.
Google Apps User

  • Check to see if you are using the latest version of your browser.
  • Google Chrome works best with Google products and automatically updates to the latest version

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