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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Google Accounts

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).

Learn more

Access your settings by clicking your name or picture in the right corner then clicking Account.

At the top, click Security. In the Password box, click Setup next to “2-Step verification.”

You will then see a step-by-step guide which will help you through the setup process.

You’ll then be taken back to 2-step verification settings. Review your settings and add backup phone numbers.

You’re done! Next time you sign in, you’ll receive an SMS with a verification code.

Chrome

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.

Learn more

Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar → Click New Incognito Window.

A new window will open with the incognito icon in the corner. To exit, simply close the window.

Google Accounts

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.

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Access settings by clicking your name or picture in the right corner, then clicking Account.

Google Accounts

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.

Learn more

Sign in to your Google Account and navigate to the “Me on the Web” section.

Click Manage my Web Alerts, and then click the red button to create an alert.

Your name will show up in the text field. Click the text field to view more suggested alerts.

Click Add to add an alert. Click the pencil icon to make edits, and the trash can icon to delete.

In the “How often” drop-down, choose the frequency of alerts.

Google Accounts

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.

Learn more

Visit Dashboard to see a summary of the data associated with your Google Account and manage your personal settings.

From here, see and manage data stored in your Google Account.