Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!
Original Air Date: Mar 22, 2016
Protecting Gmail Accounts
Here we go again…I just got another desperate plea from a Gmail user that got locked out of their own account by hackers.
You can certainly go through the options Google has for regaining control of your account, but a better approach is preventing this from ever happening in the first place.
Google offers 2-step verification for it’s accounts and it’s a real life saver when it comes compromised accounts.
With this option activated, even if someone else captures your username and password, they won’t be able to get in unless they steal your smartphone as well.
Google monitors for when an unknown computer uses your account login information and will text a special code to your smartphone whenever it’s not sure of who the user is.
That’s why a cyberthief that steals your login information still can’t get in, because they would need to the temporary code that got sent to your smartphone.
It’s also what I call an early warning system for when your credentials are compromised; if you get a code out of the blue, you’ll know they’ve been acquired and need to be changed.
Lots of online accounts offer this very easy to setup protection and it’s the biggest no-braining in cybersecurity.
I’ve posted a link to instructions on how to setup this up on just about every major online service you’re using at DataDoctors.com/radio.