How to secure your Gmail account in just 5 simple steps

New incidents related to cybersecurity and data protection are reported every day, so users need to learn a little about these topics to implement the required security measures on their most commonly used devices and online accounts.

Whether it’s for personal choice, or to access the Google app store, most people have a Gmail account, making it one of the most widely used email services. However, millions of users ignore the security features that can be enabled for better protection of this platform; here are a series of security tips to get the most out of your Gmail account.

Anti-phishing and anti-malware scanning: This feature helps identify, filter, and send potentially malicious emails and unusual attachments to your spam folder.

Two-step verification: Each time the user tries to access their email, Google will send them an SMS including a one-use verification code, which must be entered on the Gmail login page, which will protect the user in case of data breach, credential stuffing attacks, among others.

Suspicious activity review: In case Google identifies any suspicious activity on a Gmail account, it will send the user an alert via SMS or alternate email address. In addition, Gmail users can check the activity log on the platform for suspicious activity, mention data protection experts.

Gmail Security Sandbox: On its blog, the company ensures that “attachments run in this sandbox in the same way as you would in a real-world scenario.” The beta version of this new feature allows malware detection in attachments, running them in a completely isolated and private environment.

Gmail confidential mode: Using this security feature, Gmail account holders can protect the content of a message by setting email expiration dates or canceling a message. This feature can also protect user information in case of account hijacking. Confidential mode is enabled in the Gmail settings menu, mentioned by the data protection experts of the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS).