Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Running the security checkup, part of Creating and Managing Your Google Account.
- Let's talk about keeping your Google account secure. Security, as always, starts with strong, complex passwords that you know and nobody else knows. If you ever suspect that somebody may have gained unauthorized access to your account by guessing or stealing your password, there's a few things that I suggest you do, starting with the Security check up. Now what you're gonna need to do is log into your Google account. I'm already logged in here. I'm at Google.com, and if I click on the icon up in the top right, you can see that I'm already logged in.
If I hit Account, I'll to my Account settings. Security check up is the very first option here. I'm just gonna hit Get Started so we can take a look at how the Security check up works. Now the Security check up takes you through several steps, which are designed to help strengthen your security, and alert you if there's been any suspicious activity on your account. I'm gonna quickly jump through these steps, but you should take the time to focus on each section as you go through on your own account.
The first option you'll see is to confirm your Recovery phone number and email address. If you declined to add these to your account before, Google considers that a weakness in security. One reason they need this information is to contact you if there's ever suspicious activity on your account. Now you do not have to provide this information, but it can be useful. But since I'm going through this for demonstration purposes, I'm not worried. I'm just gonna leave these empty, and I'm gonna hit Skip to go to the next step.
So next you're gonna see a list of every device and computer that has logged into your account recently as well as any significant activity on your account, things like changing your password. If you see any suspicious activity on your account, just click here on this option that says Some of these look suspicious. Then you'll be prompted to change your password, which is very important if you think somebody else has accessed your account. But I'm not gonna go through that now. I'm just gonna hit Looks good.
You hit the Looks good option if none of these events look suspicious. So I'm gonna do that, I'll hit Looks good. Finally, you can see a list of the mobile devices and apps that have been given permission to access your Google account. You can remove that permission for any of these devices here. Just hit the Remove button next to any item on the list where you want to remove access to your Google account. When you're finished, just hit Done. I'll hit Continue to account settings to go back to my Account settings.
So that's the Security check up. To be very safe, you might want to go through this process regularly, maybe once a month. If you ever decide you need to change your password for any reason, you can always do that separately without going through the whole Security check up. Just go to the section here in your Account settings for Signing in, and look for this option for Password. From here, you'll need to type in your existing password along with your new password. You have to type in the new password twice to confirm.
Depending on how you use your Google account, you may have a lot of sensitive, personal data stored in your account. It's important to keep it locked so that nobody else can access it. The Security check up is just one way to strengthen your security, and it's always a good idea to change your password if you ever feel like there might be a breach.