8 tips that Google wants you to follow to prevent online fraud, hacking and more
Internet is no longer just about emails and social media. Today, it’s also about banking to shopping to booking cabs, train and flight tickets and much more. Most of our work we can now do online. While this has its pluses, there can also be huge security implications if one is not careful. At times your small carelessness or oversight can lead to you losing thousands of rupees or may be precious data or much more. Here are some security tips from search giant Google to keep your data, accounts and online activity safe …
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Setup a recovery mobile number or email address, and keep it updated
Ensure you have a recovery mobile number or email address linked to your account. This will help strengthen the security of your account by alerting in case of a suspicious activity. This includes login from a new device or IP.
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3 reasons to use password manager: Helps create and remember strong passwords as well as store them securely
As per Google, an average person struggles to manage more than 120+ saved passwords. Using a password manager not only helps create and remember strong passwords, but also store them securely.
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Keep your OS, apps, browser and other software up to date
Stop postponing or ignoring those software update notifications. It’s important to keep your apps, browser, OS and all other software updated. As ignoring or delaying these makes you vulnerable to new virus attacks and other online threats.
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Set up two-factor authentication, also known as 2-step verification
The two-step verification method is an additional layer of security. Once enabled, users have to enter a unique code along with the set password to sign into their accounts. This makes it more difficult for someone else to gain unauthorized access to your account.
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Can use Google’s Security Checkup to test if any of your passwords have been hacked
Google has a Security Checkup tool. You can use it to find out if any of your passwords have been hacked. It also shows devices you have signed-in, recent security events, your repeat passwords and more.
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Remove apps and browser extensions you don’t need
Only install the apps and browser extensions that you need on devices that have access to sensitive information. Avoid installing unknown apps or apps from unknown sources to protect your device and personal info.
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Prevent phishing with Password Alert
Password Alert helps keep your Google account safe, including the information you have stored in Gmail or YouTube. When you add Password Alert to your Chrome browser, you will get automatic alerts when your Google password is used to sign in to non-Google sites.
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Sign out from devices you no longer use
Always remember to sign out from devices that you no longer use. In case, you don’t recognize a device or there’s unfamiliar activity on your account, follow the steps below to secure your account:
* Go to your Google account
* On the left navigation panel, select Security
* On the your devices panel, select Manage devices
* Select the device and then Sign out