Make your account more secure
At Google, we take account security very seriously. To protect your account, we strongly recommend following the steps below regularly, especially if you notice changes to your account that you didn’t make.
If you think your account has been compromised, follow the steps to recover your account.
To help make your Google Account more secure, follow these steps.
Step 1: Check for viruses and malware
Run a scan on your computer with a trusted anti-virus software. If the scan detects any suspicious programs or applications, remove them immediately. Read more at the Google Safety Center.
Go to the My Account page. In the "Security Checkup" section, select Get Started and follow the on-screen instructions to check your account security.
Step 3: Update your account recovery options
Check that your account recovery options are up-to-date.
Step 4: Enroll in 2-step verification
2-Step Verification adds an extra layer of security to your account. The process requires you to sign in with something you know (your password) and something you have (a code sent to your phone).
Step 5: Perform regular operating system and browser updates
Make sure you've set your computer to update automatically. If you get a notice to update, take care of it right away.
Step 6: Never use your Google Account password on another website
If you enter your password in an external website and it's compromised, someone could try to sign in to your Google Account with the same information. Make sure to change your Google Account password.
Step 7: Protect your password
Step 8: Use a strong password
Don't write it down, send it via email, or tell anyone. Google will never email you to ask for your password or other sensitive information.
If you use a public computer, take these extra steps:
- Always sign out of your account. At the top of the page, click your name, email address, or profile picture. Then, select Sign out.
- Clear forms, passwords, cache, and cookies in your browser on a regular basis.
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