Billions of Google and Gmail users warned to check their accounts due to hacking
GOOGLE warns users to check their accounts or risk being hacked.
If you have a Google account – including Gmail or Google Drive – you could be putting yourself at unnecessary risk.
Google has released five tips to users to help them protect themselves.
“We take online security seriously,” Google warned.
“To protect your Google Account, we strongly recommend following the steps below regularly.”
The first tip from Google is to do a security check.
Google offers a special website that will run through your account security to make sure everything is in order.
You can find it here.
It will provide you with specific personalized security recommendations to keep your account as safe as possible.
The other tips is to update the 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 out of date, your software may not be safe from hackers,” Google explained.
“Keep your software up to date to protect your account.”
The third tip is to use unique and strong passwords.
It is a big risk if you use the same password on several websites.
This can lead to devastating hacking attacks.
If you have an iPhone, consider following our guide to iCloud Keychain, which will help you manage multiple strong passwords.
The fourth tip is to get rid of apps and browser extensions you don’t need.
“When more apps are installed on a device, it can become more vulnerable,” 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 fifth tip is to be on guard against suspicious messages and content.
Hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated when it comes to trying to trick you.
So sometimes you may even receive messages that look very official. texts from friends or family, or very convincing websites that are actually just scams.
If something seems suspicious or too good to be true, be very careful.
And always be wary of any communication that asks you for your personal information—especially if it’s related to passwords or finances.
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