How email hacking works?
How to detect Gmail hacking?
How to report phishing emails in Gmail?
It is a very easy process. Firstly open any email and click on vertical three dots of any email.
Then select “Report Phishing” and it will tell the Google that the email you received is a phishing email.
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9 Best Tips To Protect Gmail Account From Getting Hacked
1.) Install antivirus software on your computer as it will always notify you about a website or an email you open beforehand by telling you if it is malicious or not. Always keep your antivirus up-to-date.
2.) Never log into your email accounts from a cyber cafe, friends mobile phone or any other public computers as the computers might be affected by malicious programs such as keyloggers or someone could have set up a phishing page of Gmail.
3.) Always enable 2-step verification as it adds an additional layer of security to your Gmail account.
After you enter your email id and password Google sends a verification code on your registered mobile phone and since only you have access to your mobile phone it becomes harder for hackers to login into your Gmail and hence protects Gmail account.
To turn on 2-step verification-
a.) Go to the 2-Step Verification section of your Google Account.
b.) Select “Get started”.
c.) Follow the steps on the screen.
4.) Always create a strong password and include UPPERCASE, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters in it. For eg. Spooky Halloween” becomes “[email protected]
5.) Never ever reply to unknown emails except for Gmail asking you for your personal details such as passwords for reasons such as “someone tried to login into your email account” or “you won 1 million dollars in a lucky draw”. Also never open any links or document.
6.) Always change your password every 3-4 months and keep your security questions such that they cannot be easily guessed or researched or can be remembered.
7.) If possible make Gmail accounts for different purposes such as for social media you can have 1 while for banking you can have another email and for online shopping, you can have another account as it spreads the risk of Gmail hacking.
8.) To protect your Gmail account Minimize the use of public wi-fi as it is an easy way for hackers to snoop into someone’s mobile phone or computer and steal personal details. So always use a VPN whenever on public wi-fi.
9.) Limit apps that have access to your Gmail
Almost all the apps on Google requires us to sign up through our Gmail account and through this, we share our personal info with them.
To see all the apps which have access to our Gmail account go to Apps with access to your account.
Avoid access to your information in all the apps which you no longer use.
|How To Protect Your Gmail Account|
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10.) Use Ugly Email
Ugly Email is a chrome extension which blocks email tracking pixels and other read receipts.
Whenever a tracker is detected it shows an eyeball icon in the subject line to alert you that this email consists an email tracking pixel.
It makes sure that the detected tracker is blocked and you can open the email without any worry.
|How To Protect Your Gmail Account|
11.) Keep recovery phone no. and email address handy
A recovery phone no. or an email address is the alternative that Google uses to send the security codes whenever you login into your Google account
It acts as a 2-step verification check before signing into your account.
Make sure that you remember the password of your recovery Gmail account.
12.) Never ignore security emails from google
Gmail’s top priority is its security of the user’s data.
So they keep sending emails to its users as to update their passwords, security questions, recovery email address or how to secure gmail account from hackers.
Make sure that you don’t ignore this alerts as this might land you into deep trouble.
How to recover hacked Gmail account?
Go to- (If the account name is unknown, select “Find my account“.)
Then you can enter your last password or enter the registered mobile number to get the verification code or enter the date of creation of Gmail account or even enter an alternate email address.
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