Check forwarding settings, recovery options, and unusual activity in Gmail
If you use Gmail, follow these steps to help keep your account safe. For more Gmail tips, follow these Gmail security tips.
Make sure your email is only forwarded to and shared with the right people
In the top right of Gmail, click the Settings icon. In the “Mail settings” tab, check the forwarding and delegation settings that give others access to your account.
Provide a recovery email or phone number in case you forget your password
If you need to reset your password, you'll get an email to a backup email address or a text message to your recovery phone number.
We recommend using a recovery phone number because unlike your recovery email address or security question, it requires physical access for usage. For example, if someone tries to break into your account, your phone might get sent a verification code to confirm that you're trying to sign in. Add a recovery phone number here.
Check for unusual sign-ins or activity
At the bottom of Gmail, click details to review the most recent IP addresses and locations from which your mail was accessed. If you see suspicious or unfamiliar account activity, change your password immediately and log out of your account. Find out more information about suspicious account activity.
Check for "https" when using Gmail
At the top of your window, make sure "www.gmail.com" begins with https:// (and not just “http://”). This shows that you have a secure connection to Gmail and more protection against snooping or tampering.
Report harassment from another Gmail user
If someone uses Gmail to harass, intimidate, or threaten you, they're violating Gmail's Program Policies. If you feel that you're in danger, contact your local authorities right away, and ask whether any cyber harassment laws apply to your situation. Learn how to block unwanted emails.
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Make your Google Account even more secure
You can add an extra layer of security to your Google Account by enabling 2-step verification. If you have 2-step verification turned on, Google will send a passcode to your mobile phone when someone tries to sign into your account from an unfamiliar computer. This means that if someone steals or guesses your password, the potential attacker still can’t sign in to your account because they don’t have your phone. Now you can protect yourself with something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone).
Browse the web in private
You can use Incognito Mode in the Chrome browser on your computer, tablet, or phone to browse the web privately. In Incognito Mode, the pages you visit and files you download aren’t recorded in Chrome’s browsing or download history.
Your Google Account, your way
On your Account settings page, you can see services and information associated with your Google Account and change your security and privacy settings.
Get an alert if your name appears on the web
Me on the Web can help you understand and manage what people see when they search for you on Google. It helps you set up Google Alerts so you can monitor if information about you appears online, and it automatically suggests some search terms you may want to keep an eye on.
Manage the data stored in your Google Account
Google Dashboard shows you what's stored in your Google Account and provides an overview of some of your recent account activity. From one central location, you can easily view your data and activity and access your settings for services such as Blogger, Calendar, Docs, Google+ and more.