How To Increase Security Of Google Account

I have previously written about storing all your personal pictures and videos on Google plus and thus save hard disk space. After reading this post people have been asking me ‘what about security?‘ Also ‘what if our account gets hacked?‘ In this post I’ll be sharing some info on how to secure your Google account.

You can find all Google security settings on this page – Google Security Settings. This is one of the things which i love about Google because this enables users to manage all security settings on one single page.

You can completely secure your Google account by making use of these four options:

  1. Proper password
  2. Recovery options
  3. Notifications
  4. 2 step verification

Managing Passwords

The first step to secure your Google account is not just choosing the right password but also changing it on a regular basis. Also you must login to your account only from trusted devices and networks. Unknown devices might have keyloggers installed which will record your password while unknown networks might record the information you send over it.

Recovery Options

In recovery options you can add a phone number and alternate email address. The phone number and email address you provide to Google can be used to recover your account if your account gets hijacked or if you forget your password.

Notifications

You can enable email and mobile notifications for your Google account. These notifications help you to stay one step ahead of account hijackers by notifying you of important changes to your account.

For example, if your password is changed or if any suspicious activity is detected then Google will notify you by email and by SMS. You can choose whether you want mobile notifications or not.

Two step verification

This is the most important and essential part of securing your Google account. The 2 step verification will ensure that your account is always protected.

This can be explained in four simple steps

  1. Sign in to your Google account by entering username and password as usual.
  2. A code will be sent to your mobile phone.
  3. You’ll be asked to enter the code which they sent to your phone.
  4. Once you enter this code, you’ll be logged in.

Trusted Devices for 2 step verification

When you’re logging in, you can choose not to ask for code again on that particular device. Which means if you login from your home computer you can choose not to be asked for code again, so the next time you login from the same computer you’ll be logged in without 2 step verification.

But if you use a different device then that particular device will go through two step verification at all times unless you choose to make it a trusted device.

Here’s what Google has to say about two step verification –

Why you should use 2 step verification

There’s another feature in addition to two step verification which is called as application specific passwords. I’ll talk about that in the next post.

How To Set Email Forwarding In Linux Hosting

In the previous post I have written about creating an email account on Linux web hosting. But creating an email account with your web hosting is just not enough.

Because their interface is not so user friendly. So what you can do is forward all emails to your preferred email service like gmail.

To do so, you’ll need to create an email account with your Linux web hosting account. If you have already got one then you are good to go.

Sign in to your web mail account. The interface might be different for you but surely you can find settings option somewhere on the page.

Web Mail Settings - Linux Web Hosting

Click on the settings option. This will take you to a new page which will contain several different tabs. Find a tab which reads ‘forwarding‘. Click on it.

Webmail Email Forwarding - Linux Web Hosting

On this page you’ll find a input field to enter the email addresses. You can add as many email addresses as you want (one on each line). And hit update/save button.

That’s it, now every mail which you receive will be forwarded to the addresses which you added in forwarding list.

How To Create Email Accounts In Linux Hosting

Some of my friends have been asking me about how to create an email account on their Linux web-hosting.  It’s very simple, just the new interface may seem complicated since many people are not used to it.

So lets see how to create an email account using cPanel in Linux web-hosting. First of all log into your account and open cPanel. Some hosts like BigRock use ‘Manage Web-Hosting‘ option as a link to cPanel. So if you have any trouble accessing cPanel, contact your web hosting support.

Once you are logged in to cPanel, you can find mail options as shown below –

Mail Options cPanel - Linux

Now click on Email Accounts option and you will get a page as shown below –

Email Accounts cPanel - Linux Web Hosting

Fill in the details like Desired Email address, Password (at least 5 characters long), Mailbox Quota (i’d suggest to keep as default – 2048 MB). And then hit Create Account button.

Where To Find Inbox ?

You can find inbox for the newly created mail address at webmail.yourdomain.com. For example, if i create an email address as someone@codefap.com then i can find my inbox at webmail.codefap.com.

When you visit webmail.yourdomain.com (replace yourdomain), you’ll have to enter mail address and password to access your inbox.

Additional Info

But its not convenient to visit this site every time to check our mail. Also the mail interface is far too simple. I prefer Gmail over this webmail service at any time. So what we can do is Forward every E-mail to our preferred mail service like Gmail. I’ll be talking about that in the next post.