Phishing is the process of tricking someone into providing their personal information such as credit card numbers, social security/national ID numbers or other financial data. Usually, once the victim has provided the information, it is used to steal their money, property or identity.
Remember, YouTube will never ask you for your password, email address or other account information. Don't be fooled if someone contacts you pretending to be from YouTube!If you find any videos on YouTube that you think might be spam or phishing, please flag them for review by the YouTube team.
For more information on spam and phishing, please visit the National Cyber Security Alliance.
If you're concerned that your YouTube account may have been compromised, please visit the following page.
Please keep in mind that it is up to you to keep your password secure. You should NEVER share your password with others.
Keep your account safe:We've created an easy-to-use checklist to help you secure your computer, browser, Gmail and Google Account. We encourage you to go through the entire checklist, but we would like to highlight the following steps that can help you to keep your YouTube channel secure.
- Add a recovery phone number and secondary secure email address to your YouTube account. Not having both a phone number and a secure email address means that your account could be accessed by someone who knows or guesses the answer to your security question. You can update security information here.
- Keep your recovery information secure and up to date.
- Create a unique, strong password for your Google Account (and don't use the same log-in and password for other sites). Here are some tips to help you create a strong password:
- Your password should be at least eight characters in length, combine numbers and letters and not include commonly used words.
- Select a word or acronym and insert numbers between some of the letters.
- Include punctuation marks.
- Mix capital and lowercase letters.
- Don't re-use passwords associated with any other type of account.
- If your account has been set up for a company or organisation, review and update your password and recovery information when an employee leaves your company.
If you think that your account has been compromised, you can report it here.
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