How safe are you?

Tip of the Week

Customer Success Manager, Akeel Jeraal, shares a  roundup of Google's essential Security Check Up features on Google Workspace.

Did you know that a burglary takes place every 106 seconds in the UK? Yes, this relates to physical break-ins, but even more alarming (no pun intended), there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds. 

Many of us make sure we have our homes fitted with the right locks and alarms in place, but how many of us are just as mindful when it comes to our online presence and information? Today we are going to share a couple of things that you can do to ensure you don’t get caught off guard. Go to your Security homepage and follow along!


Step 1: Check your alarms!

Do you have a recovery phone number and email address set up? This is really important in situations where someone is trying to use your account without your permission, or if there’s some suspicious activity. 

If you ever find yourself ‘locked out’, you’ll also be able to get back in. Make sure the phone number and email address are both enabled and correct. You can remove your security question if it still exists, as Google no longer supports this method of recovering your account should you forget your password. 

Step 2: Beef up the security

2-Step Verification adds an extra layer of security, so after you’ve entered your password, you’ll also be sent a unique verification code to your phone. It also keeps the bad guys out, so in the eventuality that a hacker does get a hold of your password, it won't be enough to sign in to your account.

Note: If you’re a journalist, activist, or someone else at risk of targeted online attacks, consider enrolling in the Advanced Protection Program for a higher level of security. Advanced Protection uses security keys to protect against phishing and includes other protections like blocking non-secure apps.

Step 3: Add reinforcements

By adding a screen lock to your devices, you are helping to protect them from being used without your permission. The following 3 locks are available as standard on Android phones and tablets:

  • Pattern: Draw a simple pattern with your finger.
  • PIN: Enter 4 or more numbers. Longer PINs tend to be more secure.
  • Password: Enter 4 or more letters or numbers. A strong password is the most secure screen lock option.

Note: For information on adding a screen lock on other devices and computers, visit the manufacturer’s support site.

Step 4: Stay in the loop

Keeping your browser, operating system, or applications up to date may not be on the priority list and seem like an unnecessary chore, but even minor updates can make all the difference. Security is usually top of the list, but these updates also can fix bugs, provide better performance, and if you’re lucky - maybe even some new features! Most of the time, it does not require too much time or effort. 

Step 5: Check your door lock

Your password is the door between you and your vulnerable/sensitive information. The stronger the door, the less likely a break-in will occur. Without up-to-date practices, you could be compromised within hours or even minutes. A password manager can help you generate and manage strong, unique passwords. Consider using one from Chrome or another trusted password manager provider.

Remember: Treat a password like a toothbrush, never share it with someone else, choose a good one, and change it regularly!

Tip: To find out if any passwords saved in your Google Account may be exposed, are weak, or are reused for multiple accounts, you can use Password Checkup.

Don’t forget, some doors are meant to be kept closed. The door to your information and account is certainly one of them.

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