Google mail or shortly called as Gmail has been one of the largest names in the industry for quite some time and official stats show that they are over 1.5 billion users and the count is still going on.
That means those using Gmail contribute to 20% of the entire world population which is around 7.7 billion for now. And more users means more security risks.
According to a study conducted by Keepnetlabs, around 90% of attacks that include phishing attacks, malware hits, and ransomware have emerged from email and more than half in the percentage were on Gmail accounts or conducted via Gmail accounts.
Most of the hacks are conducted by guessing or brute force your passwords. That means, cybercriminals tend to use automated software to guess passwords and the success rate of the password guessing depends on the complexity of the password.
Cybercriminals may trick users in entering their login credentials into a fake page which looks and mimics the original in every way. Even Key-logger software can be used in exploiting a users email account.
Note: A Phishing email attack is a kind of malware attack where hackers send emails attached with malware loaded documents or files appearing to be coming from legitimate sources like banks, contacts, banks and such….). These messages sometimes divert you to a spoofed website or might force you to divulge personal info like bank account numbers, Social security numbers, and phone or house addresses. In some cases, as soon as the user clicks on the email attachment, malware gets downloaded onto their PC/network leading to ransomware.
how to keep your Gmail account safe in such scenarios
- The safest and secured process in Gmail is two-step verification. Login with one-time code is sent to the user to a secondary device. The secondary device can be anything like your mobile, laptop or any other. To access your account, the hacker must first know your one-time code.
- Your password is your lifeline to your account. Sharing your password can ruin not only your account but also you, as your Gmail may be connected to your bank or personal account.
- Have a unique password with numbers, alphabets and signs included. Never use a common password. Include $, *, # or any other signs, making it as difficult as possible.
- Gmail always asks your account to be updated. The updated version may be more secured or somewhere your account must have been tried to open or hacked. So never ignore the alerts messages.
- There is always a reason to have the sign out button in the browser window. Anyone can do anything if your account is open. It is best to hit the sign out button instead of letting someone hitting you badly thereafter.
- Since the Google sends you security code for your account recovery to your phone number or another associated mail id, an updated account recovery may save you from future problems.