Important info about your gmail account
Important information to know about your gmail account.
I read a sobering article the other day about a gmail account that got hacked and the perpetrators started phishing the contacts list for money. The account was compromised 2 more times to that person whilst they were using the account and had just got it back under control.
You’ll know it’s happened to you when friends and family start phoning to check that you’re really not stranded in another country having just been mugged.
We use Gmail for our mail service in the office and I have a couple of personal accounts. There are some important pieces of information I can gather you’ll need to recover your account in a last chance situation. This is important information because there is no support staff to phone and shout at.
First thing to do is to log off all other sessions. Otherwise the compromised machine may allow the baddies to take back control. Then have the following information to hand.
- Get the date your account was opened. I seemed to have lost this. I’m sure my account was openned in 2006 but I can only find emails for 2009. Maybe some kind of archive thing.
- Set up phone 2 step verification where Google send an authentication number in a text. Annoying for normal use but very useful if you’re currently under threat.
- Know the names and email address of the people you email most frequently.
- Know the tags/labels you employ most frequently.
- Reset your password and security question at least twice a year.
- Use HTTPS for an encrypted pipeline for your emails to travel through.
- Remeber to sign out of your accounts after you’re done using them. I’m forever leaving my work computer logged in.