Secure your Gmail Account – What to do if you can’t access it?

by Simrandeep Singh on March 3, 2009

An email account is very important for everyone. I know its importance as I also use it on regular basis. Email account contains important mails and it’s really frustrating if we can’t access it. The reasons may be many but every reason causes frustration. Sometimes it may be due to network problem and sometimes it may be due to lost password. But the worst is when someone has stolen your password and you are not able to recover it.

It order to avoid your email account from hacking, you must take some prevention measures. In case you are using Gmail as your primary email service, here are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your account stays in your hands.

  • Don’t share your Gmail password with anyone. Not friends, not family, not anyone. And if you need to write down your password, be sure to keep it in a safe place, away from your computer.
  • Don’t respond to messages asking for your login info. As you may already know, there are people out there who will try to steal your login info. Google will never send you an email, IM, or any other communication asking for your Gmail login info, so don’t respond to any messages asking for it.
  • Always keep the verification number you get when you sign up for Gmail. When you sign up for Gmail, we’ll ask you for a secondary email address and then email a verification number to that account. This number is the best way to prove ownership of your account, so be sure to hang on to it.
  • If you aren’t able to access your account, try resetting your password. As mentioned above, most of the support requests are of lost or forgotten passwords, rather than something more serious. Resetting your password usually gets the job done.
  • If resetting your password doesn’t work, try account-recovery process. Google recently launched an account-recovery form in help center that can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to verify ownership of an account and restore access. If you have the information necessary to prove ownership — such as the verification code for the account — this new process can help their support team restore access within a matter of hours.

These are some steps to keep your Gmail account secure. You must follow these steps seriously. [via Google Blog]

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