It is always a tragedy when the Gmail account, or rather the Google account, gets hacked or lost due to wrong login behavior and it makes no sense how to protect your accounts. This post will show you what you can do to make sure your Google account remains secure when you log in from a public computer or anywhere else.
We’ll show you the common mistakes you shouldn’t make when logging into Gmail and how you can better protect your account with the security measures provided by Google.
Please use your browser’s address bar correctly for Gmail.com Login
If you are trying to access Gmail.com, you are doing it wrong. I know that people like you and my parents will sometimes have a hard time understanding technical things on the Internet.
But instead of typing a phrase like “Gmail.com Login”, you should just type the URL, gmail.com , in the address bar of your browser and then press the Enter key. By doing this, your browser will take you directly to the Gmail login page.
If you type a phrase instead, your browser will perform a search and show you a search result with hundreds of selections that does not guarantee that it will get you to your destination. You will probably end up on some websites that are irrelevant to the topic. Some of these sites could be fake, or even worse, with malware. If you already know the URL of the site you want to go to, just type the URL. Don’t add any more words.
But luckily for you and us, this is a legit tech blog that provides how-to guides. If you’re here for that, stay a bit longer and learn something important from us.
Enable Google’s 2-Step Verification Login Method to Login to Gmail.com
This is probably the best and a mandatory measure for everyone who values their Gmail account. When two-step verification is enabled, every time you log into your Google account, Google will send a code via SMS to your mobile phone. You will need to enter this code along with your Google account password to complete the login.
If someone wants to hack into your account, even if they can somehow get your password, you cannot log into your account without the verification code which can only be received through your phone. Unless, of course, if they can physically get close to your mobile phone, they can still hack into your account. But I don’t think you would share your phone with anyone, right?
So, here we show you how to enable Google 2-Step Verification for your account.
- Go to Google.com. Login to your Google account.
- In the upper right corner, click on your portrait and then click My account .
- Click on Login and security .
- On Password and login method , click the check on Two steps .
- Please enter your password again.
- Click Activate for 2-Step Verification.
- Add a phone number from which you would like to receive the code.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.
- Once verified, the next time you log into your Google account, a code will be required and sent to your phone to log in.
If you don’t already have 2-Step Verification enabled for your Google account, please do so now.
Use incognito mode to log into my Gmail account now
Incognito mode is a mode that leaves no traces of what you did and will not save any caches, cookies, or history when browsing. So if you’re going to log into Google on a computer that doesn’t belong to you, use incognito mode to safely visit gmail.com. They won’t even know you’ve been to Gmail.
To start the browser in incognito / private mode:
- In Google Chrome, tap CTRL – Shift – N .
- In Mozilla Firefox, press Ctrl – Shift – P .
- In Microsoft Edge, go to Plus (three dots icon) in the upper right corner of Edge. Please select New InPrivate window .
Uncheck the “Stay connected” option when you log into your Gmail account
When you log into the Google account, when entering the password, there will be a checkbox that says Stay connected . If selected when you log in to Google, the next time this computer starts up and when you log in to Google again, you will be logged in automatically.
Yes, it sounds great and convenient because you don’t have to enter your username and password again. But imagine if this is done on a computer that other people can use, such as those in a pub, airport, coffee shop, office, or university. That would be absolutely a nightmare. The next person to access Gmail on that particular computer will have access to your account since they are already signed in.
Therefore, do not enable “stay connected” when logging into your Gmail on a computer over which you have no control. If you accidentally checked the option, log out immediately and log in again without enabling it.
If you remember that you made a login like that on a public computer, you can force your Google account to log out of all devices. Here we’ll explain to you how to do it.
- Sign in to Google.com.
- Go to My account > Login and security .
- Scroll down until you see Device activity and security events .
- On Recently used device , click on Check devices .
- Choose the device from which you want to sign out of your Google account, then click Remove .
- This will force your account to log out of that particular device.
Provide Google with your information for Gmail account recovery
If you have not done so already, you should go to the settings of Login and security and provide Google with your secondary email address, your phone number, and a security question and answer.
If your account is hacked, lost, or you have simply forgotten your account password, this is the information that Google will use to verify your identity.