GOOGLE warns users to verify their accounts or you risk being hacked.
If you have a Google account – including Gmail or Google Drive – then you could be putting yourself at risk unnecessarily.
Google has released five tips for users to help them protect themselves.
“We take online safety seriously,” warned Google.
“To protect your Google Account, we strongly recommend that you perform the following steps regularly.”
That first tip by Google is to carry out a security check.
Google offers a special website that will go through your account security to make sure everything is in order.
you can find it here.
It gives you specific personalized security recommendations to keep your account as safe as possible.
That second tip is to update your software.
Google and other tech giants regularly include security fixes in device or app updates, so installing them is very important.
“If your browser, operating system or apps are outdated, the software may not be safe from hackers,” Google said.
“Keep your software up to date to protect your account.”
That third tip is the use of unique and secure passwords.
It’s a big risk if you use the same password on multiple websites.
This can lead to devastating hack attacks.
If you have an iPhone, you should follow our iCloud Keychain guide to help you manage several strong passwords.
That fourth tip is to remove all apps and browser extensions that you don’t need.
“The more apps installed on a device, the more vulnerable it can become,” Google said.
“Only install essential apps and browser extensions on devices that have access to sensitive information.
“Avoid installing unknown apps or apps from unknown sources to protect your device and personal information.”
And the fifth tip is to be wary of suspicious messages and content.
Hackers are getting more and more sophisticated when it comes to tricking you.
So sometimes you even get very official looking messages. Texts from friends or family or very convincing websites that are actually just scams.
If something sounds suspicious or too good to be true, be very careful.
And always be wary of any communication that asks for your personal information — especially when it comes to passwords or finances.
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