A strong password helps you keep your personal information safe and prevents someone else from getting into your account.
Step 1: Create a strong password & keep it safe
Create a strong password
Make your password long & memorable: Use 8 characters or more. It can be any combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
Make your password unique: Do not use your YouTube account password on other sites. If another site gets hacked, the password could be used to enter your YouTube account.
Avoid personal information and common words: Do not use personal information like your birthdays, common words like “password” or common patterns like “1234”
Protect your password from hackers
Manage your passwords
Never share your passwords
Step 2: Do Regular Security Checkup
Go to Security Checkup to get personalized security recommendations for your account and follow these tips to make your account more secure.
Add or update account recovery options
- Block someone from using your account without your permission
- Alert you if there’s suspicious activity on your account
- Recover your account if you’re ever locked out
Turn on 2-Step Verification
- Security keys (Most secure verification step)
- Google Prompts (More secure than text message codes)
- Google Authenticator Application (Receive codes without internet or mobile data)
Remove suspicious people from your account
Remove sites and apps you don’t need
Update and backup your account
Step 3: Protect against suspicious messages & content
Phishing is when a hacker disguises themself as someone trustworthy to take personal information, like financial data, a national ID/social security number, or credit card numbers.
Hackers may pretend to be institutions, family members, or colleagues by using emails, text messages, web pages, and more.
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.
Avoid suspicious requests
- Don’t reply to suspicious emails, texts, instant messages, webpages, or phone calls that ask for your personal or financial info.
- Don’t click links in emails, messages, webpages, or pop-ups from untrustworthy websites or senders.
- YouTube emails only come from @youtube.com or @google.com addresses.
An example of a suspicious phishing email
Avoid suspicious web pages
Report spam or phishing
Your YouTube activity might be suspicious if:
- Your YouTube channel has unfamiliar changes to your profile photo, descriptions, email settings, or sent messages.
- Your YouTube channel has videos you didn't upload or comments you didn’t make.
Follow these steps to help secure your account.