Gmail security checklist

The tips and tools in this checklist can help prevent unauthorized access to your Gmail and secure your account if it was recently compromised.

Secure your password

Passwords are the first line of defense against account hijackers. If your account was recently compromised, you should change your password now.

Think of a strong password

  • Use unique passwords for your accounts, especially important accounts like email and online banking. Choosing the same password for each of your online accounts is like using the same key to lock your home, car and office – if a criminal gains access to one, all of them are compromised.
  • Use a long password. The longer your password is, the harder it is to guess.
  • Use a password with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Try using a phrase that only you know. For example, for your email you could start with “My friends Tom and Jasmine send me a funny email once a day” and then use numbers and letters to recreate it. “MfT&Jsmafe1ad” is a password with lots of variations.

Change your password

  1. Sign in to My Account.
  2. In the "Sign-in & security" section, select Signing in to Google.
  3. Choose Password.
  4. Enter your new password information, then select Change Password.
Do it now

Tips for keeping your password safe

  • Don’t send your password via email. Legitimate sites and services won’t ask you to send them your passwords via email.
  • Keep your password reminders in a secret place that isn’t easily visible. Don’t leave notes with your passwords in plain sight, on your computer or desk.

Learn more about creating strong passwords.