Lesson 10: Gmail security, things you should and shouldn’t do

Email security: Things you should and shouldn’t do. See if you have ever made some of these following mistakes.

Gmail account as well as many other online accounts  always entail certain risks if you do not know how to secure account in the best way. Let’s see what you should and should not do to keep your Gmail is safest!

Things you should do to keep your Gmail account safer

  1. Put a very strong password, the password is not too short, includes letters, numbers, symbols, uppercase and lowercase.
  2. Change Gmail password regularly.
  3. Always login with SSL mode (https 🙂 of Gmail.
  4. Should confirm the phone number if possible.
  5. Should setup 2-step verification if possible.
  6. Should setup recovery email for your Gmail account.

Add backup phone numbers for 2-step verification

To ensure the safety of Gmail.com account. This article is still in the “Gmail security tips and tricks” article. Today I’m going to share you more about the 2nd phone number used to reserve in 2-step verification. Why? The reason is that in case you lose the phone, then tips that I introduce you on how to log in the 2-step verification in the previous post will no longer be effective. That is why you should add a backup phone number.

It’s really simple to setup this. After enabling the 2-step verification mentioned above, the first time you log into Gmail, there appears an interface asking you to provide a backup phone. Here you enter the 2nd phone number in the dialog and click “Save“.


Same as above, a message will be sent to this backup phone number, which contains the phone number confirmation code. Enter the confirmation code in the next step.

How to log into your Gmail account when you’re not having your phone beside?

One problem arises when activating the 2-step verification is that you must have your phone beside you to get the 2nd password. However, in case you forgot your phone, there would be another way to log into your Gmail account as usual.

To solve this, you access to here, log into the Gmail account which you had activated the 2-step verification mode. Select Settings in the 2-step verification.

After that, a web page appears, you pull down and click on Print or download in the Backup codes.


Then, Google will create a list of 10 random codes that you can use to log into your Gmail account without having to use a verification code sent to your phone by text message.

You should print or write down these codes and keep them beside to use in case you forgot your phone or didn’t receive text message from Google.

1 code can be used just once. Therefore, if you use up these 10 codes, do the same as above to get other 10 ones.

This article was synthesized from internet.

How to check whether someone is not you’re signed in to your gmail account

Check if anyone else logged in your Gmail account. This will help you to realize unusual signs of your Gmail account.
This may be a feature of Gmail account in particular and Google accounts in general that some of  us till don’t know.

To check recent activities of Gmail, access to the following link:


Note: Be sure that you’ve signed in your Gmail account.
Here, Google will list the most recent times you log in Gmail account with the parameters such as from which operating systems you logged in, which browsers, and where you logged in.

With these statistics, you can detect suspicious activities which are related to your Gmail account so that you can change the password promptly.
As shown above, there is an unusual activity that is “The verification code entered is not valid” (enable 2-step verification).

Wish you manage your Gmail account better !

 Things you should not do to secure your Gmail account

  1. Never reveal anyone your Gmail password.
  2. Do not log in your Gmail account on web which are not Google’s websites.
  3. Do not sign in your Gmail account containing important information in public places such as Internet cafés, wifi cafe …
  4. Do not sign in your email if there is notification like you have won something (from a stranger) and ask you to sign in your Gmail account to confirm you are winner.
Lesson 10: Gmail security, things you should and shouldn’t do
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