How to protect your GMail. Seriously, do this.

by Meg on February 2, 2012

I’ve seen a rash of my friends get their GMail accounts hacked.  It has been unsettling since I like to think that Google would have some iron clad defense against getting hacked for people who use their accounts with normal caution.  It turns out that Google does have some great extra protection, you just have to activate it.  Like anything worthwhile, it will take a few minutes of your time.

Here is Google’s Official Video on the topic, but I’ve summarized what you should need to know.

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  1. This is a tedious process, but a very good way to make your account safe.
  2. What do I mean by tedious?  You will need to assign a text capable phone to your account, that can receive a verification code, and a new code must be used each time you access your GMail account through a new computer.  The computer can be trusted for 30 days at max.
  3. You must also generate a new password for each application that uses or is linked to your GMail account.  For example, I have twitter, an iPhone, iPad, Laptop, and Desktop that I want access to my GMail.  Each one had to have a new password.

I still think this is something you should set aside 10-15 minutes to do for yourself, especially if you like to use the same password for multiple logins!  Gather up all devices and write down all websites you want your GMail account to share access.

Click here to read Google’s 2-Step Verification process.

Good luck and let me know if you have questions!  There is also an additional step for Google Account users, FYI.

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