Google offers several security options to protect your account. One of them is a function that alerts you if your password appears in a data breach. This means that if your password was hacked, it will notify you when you try to log into a site. This tool, which was initially available as a Chrome extension, has been integrated into the browser for more than a year.
In these cases the system alerts the user and suggests changing the password. This tool is also integrated into the Google account and is called Password Checker. There the user is also alerted to the situation
So in case any password is not secure because it appears in a list of leaks, you will simply receive a notification when entering your account. What should you do in that case? As a first step, you have to change that password and also make sure to modify it in all the other accounts where you use that password . At this point, it should be remembered that it is not convenient to use the same password for all accounts.
It is true that having to remember different passwords for each of the profiles and accounts you have can be too much. In those cases it is best to use a password manager. There are several options available, even the Google account has a built-in password manager, so you could use that without having to resort to another option. You can access the password manager from here .
Another important point is to enable two-step verification or two-factor authentication . This security measure is valid both for your Google account (Gmail) and for any other profile you have on networks or other pages. When using this tool, anyone who wants to enter your account will need not only to know your username and password but also that security token that you will obtain by SMS, an authentication application such as Google Authenticator or the means you select to receive that code.
Finally, it is convenient that you do a security check on your account to see if it is well protected . To do so, with your Gmail account open, you must enter the Security Review section by entering here . There you will be able to see from which devices your account was logged in, if there were any security events that you should know about in the last days, if the two-step verification is activated, the applications that have access to your data and the passwords saved in your profile.
Other privacy and security measures
The Google account has other privacy and security controls, such as, for example, the ability to delete your activity data on the web and applications. It can be done manually or configured so that it is done automatically after a certain period of days.
Google reminds users that activity tracking allows offering more personalized experiences but if the user decides that their data is not stored, they can do so by entering the Privacy Review panel. From there you can also manage the security settings of Google Photos and YouTube.
It should also be remembered that Google's security systems detect and filter phishing emails known as phishing. Even so, the user always has to be attentive because this type of misleading communications sometimes manages to be filtered through other channels as well, such as private messages on social networks or WhatsApp.
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