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Check your Google Account NOW – someone may be watching everything you do

SOMEBODY could be secretly tracking your Google account activity without your knowledge.

Whether your account was compromised in a data breach or because your password is easy to guess, nobody wants to be tracked.

Your Google Account contains personal information that you'd rather not let fall into the wrong hands

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Your Google Account contains personal information that you’d rather not let fall into the wrong handsPhoto credit: Getty

Luckily, there’s an easy way to check if someone is spying on your Gmail, YouTube, and search activity.

If you go into your Google settings, you can kick people out of your account if something is wrong.

What can a hacker learn from your Google account?

If someone has access to your Google account, they can do all sorts of mischief.

If you use Gmail, they can read your email and lock you out of your account by changing your password.

The attacker could also gain access to any social media profiles – like Facebook or Instagram – linked to your Gmail account.

Your savings would also be at risk if your PayPal or bank account is linked to your Gmail account.

If you’re using an Android smartphone or tablet, the stowaway will also have access to your pictures through the Google Photos app.

You can also track your recent movements through Google’s location history feature.

How to check if someone is accessing your Google account

You can see computers, phones, and tablets where someone has signed in to your Google Account.

Check google.com/devices to ensure that no one has logged into your account.

This webpage lists each device, its location, and the date you last logged into it.

If you don’t see a device, click or tap on it More details and then hit log out.

You should then change your Google password.

Google will guide you through this stage when you click on it More details and then Don’t recognize this device?.

To lock your account and prevent future break-ins, it is recommended to enable two-factor authentication.

More on that below…

How to protect your account from snoopers

Adding two-factor authentication (2FA) is a great way to prevent people from breaking into your account.

Once activated, in addition to entering your username and password, Gmail will text your phone a code that must be entered.

You can only log in after entering your credentials and unique code.

The setting ensures that nobody can break into your account, even if they have access to your username and password.

How to enable 2FA on Google:

  1. Go to yours Google user account.
  2. In the left navigation pane, click security.
  3. On the Sign up with Google control panel, click Two-Step Verification.
  4. click Getting started.
  5. Follow the on-screen steps.

You can choose how your 2FA code is sent to you, whether it’s via the Gmail app on your phone, an SMS or phone call, or a unique security key.

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