Most Important Gmail Account Security Tips (8OO) 674-2913
Follow the steps below to help keep your Google account secure.
If you think someone is accessing your Gmail account without your authorization, reset Gmail password as soon as possible.
Step 1: Complete a security checkup
Start by visiting the Security Checkup Gmail page to do things like adding email account recovery options, setting up 2-Step Verification option for extra Gmail account security, and checking your email account permissions.
Always choose a strong password
First, learn how to create a strong and secure password.
Then, change your Gmail account password.
- Visit the log-in & security web page.
- Click on Password page.
- You should follow the on-screen instructions.
Check your Gmail account settings.
There are a few email account settings, you should check to make sure nobody else has access to your Gmail account.
- Using a web browser, open Gmail account.
- In the top right corner of the page, click Settings (gear icon).
- Now Click on the Settings tab.
- Click the tabs below to check your Gmail account settings.
General information tab
- Check your email account signature to make sure the text looks correct, which you’re using in your signature.
- Click to check your vacation responder to make sure the text looks correct or not, and that it isn’t turned on if you don’t need.
Gmail Accounts and Import tab
- Check “Send email as” to make sure all the email account addresses listed should belong to you.
- Check “Grant access to your email account” to see that no unknown person have access to your account.
- Check “Check Gmail from other email accounts (using POP3)” to make sure all the email addresses listed belong to you.
Filters and Blocked mail Addresses tab
- Check to make sure email isn’t being automatically forwarded to an unknown email account using a “Forward to” filter tab.
- Check that any filters that automatically delete emails (“Delete it”) were set up by you.
Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab
- Check that your emails aren’t being forwarded to an unknown email account.
- Verify that your POP and IMAP settings are correct.
Update your web browser
When you update your web browser, you get the latest security updates.
- You can visit to see whatbrowser.org see what browser version you’re using.
- If you see “This is the most updated version,” your web browser is already updated.
- If you see “There is a newer version,” click Update your browser tab to download the newest version.