Google’s email service Gmail is one of the most-widely used email service globally. The over-a-billion user base also makes it hackers’ favourite.
So in case you come across any suspicious activity on your Gmail account, then chances are someone may have hacked into it. Here’s what you need to do to retrieve your account as well as make it more secure.
1. Go to the account recovery page
2. If you can’t remember your password, click Try different question.
3. Use your recovery email or phone number.
4. Gmail will send a recovery code to prove your account ownership to phone number/email.
5. Alternatively, you can also answer your security question, that would have selected at the time of setting up this account.
6. Once you receive the recovery code, enter it in Gmail, Google will then ask you to change your password.
7. Gmail will take you through the Security Check once you are signed. Make sure to check and change your security information.
Any hacker activity on your Gmail account can also make your other Google accounts vulnerable Unauthorized payment activity, unfamiliar Google Play activity, unknown YouTube activity, unfamiliar apps, etc can be major red flags if someone is using your Google account without your knowledge.
1. Follow the instructions in the Security Checkup. This is Google’s service that helps users make sure their Google accounts are safe by checking connected apps, devices, account permissions etc that may lead to compromising of your account.
2. Immediately change the password of your Google Account, if you haven’t already.
3. Change password of apps and sites where you use the same password you used for your Google Account
4. Change password of apps and sites where you sign in with your Google Account email address as well as apps and sites for which you’ve saved passwords on your Chrome browser.
5. Make sure your recovery phone number and email are correct, so you stay informed about suspicious account activity.