If you use your Google account to log in to many other platforms, like your social media accounts or mobile apps, your Google credentials will be linked to them. If your password isn’t secure and ends up in the wrong hands, it may lead to multiple account hacks. Learn how to change or reset your Google password.
You may want to change or reset your Google password for a variety of reasons, for example:
If you forgot your Google password, you’ll need to reset your account. Here is how you do it:
You can check out our guide on how to recover your Gmail account for a detailed walkthrough of the process.
One of the best things you can do to protect your Google account and all linked accounts is to regularly change its password. But before you go and change your Google account password, make sure to follow these tips on creating a strong password.
It might be tempting to come up with one strong password and use it for multiple accounts and apps. However, doing so would put your account security at a huge risk. Let’s say hackers use a brute force attack to crack your password on one of the shopping platforms. Let’s say they succeed. Now all they have to do is try the same credentials for your other accounts. If you’ve used the same one for your Google account — this is it, they are in, and all your personal information and login details stored in your Google account have been compromised. The ease of having only one password to remember never outweighs the risk.
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the process of securing your online accounts with two forms of authentication — a password and a second form of identification, such as a code generated by an app and sent to your mobile device. 2FA adds an extra layer of security to your Google account. Even if your password falls into the hands of cybercriminals due to a breach or by some other means, they won’t be able to access your account because they don’t have the second piece of evidence required for successful authentication.
A virtual private network (VPN) helps to protect your Google account by encrypting your internet traffic so that it can’t be intercepted by hackers or other third parties. A VPN also hides your actual IP address, making it difficult for hackers and snoopers to track your online activity and identify your accounts. Since a secure public Wi-Fi is difficult to find, and you will definitely use one at some point, make sure to turn on a VPN to secure your access to online accounts.
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