In your Gmail setting there is an option to always use https. You will find this under the general settings tab. According to Google, the “always use https” setting is a default setting, however it’s best to regularly check to make sure that this option is enabled.
At the bottom of your Gmail inbox, there is a link that shows your current session activity and recent activity. This comes in handy if you wish to view current and recent activity on your account. Just click the details link below the last account activity on the bottom right side of your inbox.
If your account has been compromised check out a few of your setting to make sure that your email isn’t being redirected to another account.
- Review your signature and vacation responder – Settings>General>Signature
- Review your “send mail as” in your accounts and import settings.
- Check your filters
These few steps, when done regularly, will take just a few minutes. At the same time they will ensure your, as well as your clients, privacy. Ask your virtual assistant to add it to their monthly or weekly to-do list.
Check Your Password Strength
Passwords like mygmailaccount are seriously lacking. While they needn’t be long, passwords that have one capital letter, a number, and a symbol offer more protections than the one just mentioned. Microsoft offers a password strength tool. Changing your password periodically is always a good practice.
Enable Two-Step Verification
With two-step verification you will need to enter your username, a password, and a code that will be sent to you through a text message that Google sends to you. This step adds an additional layer of protection to your Google account. The setup for two-step verification is fairly simple and can be found in Google support.
With these safety nets in place, you can enjoy your Gmail account as countless others have.