How to protect Gmail mail?

For particularly reliable data protection, Google offers additional Gmail mail security settings. How to activate them and protect your email account as much as possible, we will tell you in this article.

Additional protection from Google

Any Gmail user can make their email account more reliable, by activating the advanced security settings in the ‘Advanced Protection’ section. First of all, those should secure their mail, who is particularly at risk of becoming a victim of hackers: for example, politicians or company executives.

Phishing is a method of obtaining account access data using an infected link or file in an email.

In additional security settings, special attention is paid to phishing protection. Google has decided to fight against scammers with two-factor authentication: to anyone, who wants to log into your mail from a new computer, you will need a physical USB security key and a Bluetooth security key. Thus, hackers will not have enough code to log in to Gmail, which comes by SMS or to another email address.

Advanced Protection function will provide reliable protection of personal information

Many apps can access Google Drive, to save photos there, or to emails: for example, to send feedback to the app developer. All this makes Gmail and Google Drive vulnerable. The additional security feature blocks access to your account for third-party applications. Thus, the data can only be accessed directly: after logging in through the browser, the Gmail or Google Drive app.

Google security Check

8 tips for maximum email protection

  1. Use two-factor authentication. The two most secure physical security keys are. SMS verification is much weaker: it is suitable only for accounts, not containing particularly important information.
  2. Regularly conduct a Google security check to find vulnerabilities in your account.
  3. Choose a very strong password and change it at least once a year.
  4. Don’t use the same password for Gmail, the same for other accounts.
  5. Check the Google security page, to find out, which applications are linked to your account and from which devices you logged in to your email account. If you are no longer using any app or device, remove it from the list.
  6. Keep an eye on privacy: what data does Google receive about you? To avoid storing too much information about your account, discard the ‘Friends Recommendations’ and save geolocation.
  7. Open Gmail settings and check, whether only addresses that are understandable and familiar to you are displayed in the ‘Send as’ line. Also worth checking out, which users are allowed access to your account, and control the message forwarding function.
  8. Update your browser regularly: updates often eliminate weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

See also:
Browser extensions, which will protect you online
How to rid Google Chrome of malware