In the digital age where people communicate with smartphones , Google accounts are an important part of it, especially Android users. Especially in it synchronized many things such as contacts, messages, e-mail, and location history. Therefore, securing it is something that needs to be done.
Here are the steps to secure your Google account.
1. Check your Google account password again
Starting from the vanguard that looks trivial but important, try asking yourself the following questions:
- What password do you use using the name of your own or the closest person, birthday, street address, or is it easy to googling ?
- Are passwords using common words and are easy to guess using patterns?
- Is your Google account password relatively short?
Is the Google account password also used to sign in on another application, web or service?
If the majority of the answers are yes, the best step is to immediately change your password.
2. Give a second-layer for protection
After having a strong password , there is still a possibility that someone can infiltrate. But you can prevent it with two-factor authentication on the account.
3. Review third-party services that use your Google account access
When you interact using Google in a certain way whether your cellphone or computer, even within Google services such as Gmail or Docs, the application gets a certain level of access to Google account data.
Depending on the situation, activities in certain Google services can be seen like Google Calendar or even even Google Drive. Now, therefore visit access to Google third-party applications and see a list of connected services. If you see something there that you no longer use or are familiar with, click the button to delete it.
4. Verify the app permissions again on the cellphone
If you are using Android, there are several permissions that can be connected to Google Calendar, Contacts, or your account data. Now, go to the Privacy section of the cellphone’s settings system and select ‘permission manager’ (each cell phone may differ depending on the Android version).
5. Maybe consider the Advanced Protection Program?
Google offers a tighter level of security for Google accounts with this program. This program is usually used by people with more data protection needs such as business leaders, IT admins, activists, or journalists.
But there are some things to consider as well, your Google account won’t be able to connect most third-party applications including those that need access to Gmail or Google Drive to operate. That can create some convenience (like logging into an Android TV device). Yes, if data security is more important, why not?