Today another case has come into my knowledge. It’s not about clients though, it’s about my almost hijacked Gmail account. Yesterday, I received a Gmail alert that looks like this?
Hopefully, you didn’t receive one. But if you did, just like I do, you have to read this blog carefully. What does it mean anyway? Google tells you where and when the high jack attempt happens. Good thing, you will be notified seconds after the attempt happened.
Compromised Gmail Account
As you can see someone else tried to access my Gmail account. Yet, there are two instances that can happen when your account has been tried to access by another user. It’s either you can sign or can’t sign in and prompted to a dialogue box where you will be asked for some verifications.
What if you can still sign in? Good thing, your account wasn’t totally hijacked; you have the chance to change passwords to a more secure one. Keep your new passwords and don’t let anybody see it. Then get back to using the account.
But, what if you can’t sign in? Sometimes you simply whether you remember your password or not, Google will give you chances of resetting your password, but first you have to verify a cell phone number with your account (just like I did). If attempt happens again, it will be sent through an SMS. Change your password and keep it safely.
Then you have to set up verifications in case there are changes made on your account. Lastly, check your applications, if you can see something that shouldn’t be there, revoke access undoubtedly.
So, how can you avoid this from happening?
1) Check the level of password security. Make it unique and personal to you. Use multiple combinations of letters, numbers and special characters. And, for me, it is better to change your passwords from time to time. You just have to make sure you remember it.
2) Enable Two Step verification. I have mentioned this above. If you are using Gmail account for most of your accounts you have to enable two-step verification. It is providing an extra layer of security to your account. It will synchronize your Gmail and mobile phone number. Once you sign in, a confirmation number will be sent to your mobile phone, just then you can proceed with logging in. It is advantageous because even if they got your password and username, they don’t have your phone.
You can get the code through SMS or voice message.
Or Get the code from Android App
Then on your phone, an SMS code will appear. Verify your account before signing in.
3. Always check activity on your account. Gmail is a personal email account so, you must be alone using it. When there is any unusual activity such as forwarding of messages you didn’t do, or even sending one. You must be vigilant in looking after your Gmail account.
4. Check where your account has been accessed. Look at the lower right side of your account and click details. It will prompt you to a box where all activities got foot prints. It will show access type such as browsers, devices, location type as well as concurrent sessions. When your site has been unusually accessed from another country, you’ve got to wonder why and change your password immediately. Always set your alert preference to “show an alert for unusual activity”.
5. Always Check on Your Computer Security. Computer safety with updated anti-virus software, security patches, and other ways of having layers of security should be done. When a computer is unsafe your hackers can put malicious code on it that can spy and access your email.
Check your email now and see if something occurred unexpectedly. It’s not really about the Gmail account because you can create another one. What matters most is the information you have on it. Don’t take the risk and keep every credential in safe and proper places.
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