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Google protects your account with some of the most advanced online security. Most Google users will be unaware that Google makes it very easy for you to manage your account security settings. It’s very important that once you have setup your account security, that you review no less than monthly, to safeguard your account information even more. You can do the following on any device that supports Google.
- Sign in to your Google account – https://myaccount.google.com/security
- Click GET STARTED > you will be prompted for your password
- Review your recovery phone and email. You can edit the phone number and also remove the email address.
- Tap > Done > you will be prompted with “Recovery information checked”
- Check your connected devices. This will list devices that connect to your Google account. Notice anything wrong?
- Click a device for a drop down to highlight more information, such as name of device, browser type and last locations used.
- Notice anything wrong? Click “Something looks wrong” – Google will be notified something is wrong. You can also change password or click “No thanks”.
- Next, review the apps, websites and devices that connect to your Google account such as Google Chrome.
Google services can really only be provided to users if you either pay for the privilege or you allow Google to show ads. Something that you might not know is that you can adjust the ads that Google shows you. This makes the ads more relevant and useful and significantly less annoying. Ads are a fact of life (and create lots of jobs) if you don’t want to pay for the benefit of using the Internet.
You will need to sign up for a Google account to taylor ads to your taste. If you don’t, then you will continue to see ads that are not relevant to you. You also have the option to opt-out of seeing ads based on your interests, but this only applies to those websites that have signed for “opt-out” with Google. Currently this stands at over 2 million+ websites.
The following steps are applicable to both mobile and desktop users.
You will have to login with your credentials to access the Google ads dashboard:
- In your browser copy and paste >My Google Account
- Alternatively on your mobile open > Google Settings App
- Personal info & privacy > Tap > Ad settings > MANAGE AD SETTINGS
Browser extensions are very useful tools that provide various options for an improved browsing experience. Some extensions however, can be unsafe due to persistent tracking; ability to remote control your PC; trigger Java/Flash; and enabling botnet attacks. This only happens in a small number of cases, but they do happen and some extensions have been pulled from Chrome Extensions and Firefox Add-ons.
Some extensions (not publicly highlighting specifics here), will trigger Flash functions and other content which can put your PC at risk of being hacked (and as above) and slowing down your productivity. Something called “Click-to-Play” can be enabled from your browser settings which forces you to manually Click-to-Play a plugin on any given Web page in order to load the content. Click-to- Pay can also lower memory and bandwidth consumption.
Google Chrome is the safest browser to use Flash-plug-ins due to running inside a sandbox, with updates being handled directly by Google. For added security you might want to consider enabling Click-to-Play in Chrome for Windows and disabling Flash-plugins altogether in Chrome for Mac OSX:
Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 Internet Explorer 11 browser allows you to store your login credentials for websites. You can delete all your saved passwords, but you will then have to renter your login credentials for any websites you visit.
Open your IE11 browser:
- Open the Tools menu > Select Internet Options
- Click Content > Under AutoComplete, click Settings
- Click on Manage Passwords
- Click on the Web Credentials Manager
- Click on the drop down arrow by the web site you want to remove the password
- Click on Remove
You also have another option if you wish to delete a specific credential (username and password). Download NirSoft IE PassView (latest version). This is a small password management utility that reveals the passwords stored in Internet Explorer version 5.0 up to 11.0. PassView recovers AutoComplete, HTTP Authentication and FTP passwords.
Note: Your internet security software may flag this utility as suspicious. You will need to find where the blocked files and URLs are stored. Most are stored in something called “Exceptions” or ‘Exclusions”.
Safe surfing folks!
Phishing threats are developing in sophistication and with that they are targeting the popular browsers such as Chrome and Firefox. Google has developed a useful Chrome extension called Password Alert.
Password Alert warns you when you are about to type your Gmail password in a non-Google site. If this happens you will be presented with the following message “Your Gmail password was just exposed to a non-Gmail login page.” This is the warning message you will see:
Reset your Gmail password
Your Gmail password was just exposed to a non-Gmail login page. You should immediately reset your password to keep your Gmail account secure. Also, please make sure your Gmail password is not reused on other services. Learn more
Providing a security prompt as above, will remind users that they should always be vigilant. The main reason for Google developing this extension is to encourage people to never use a login password on more than one website or mobile app.
How to install the Password Alert extension:
- Click > ADD TO CHROME > Add
- You will see a slide notification (top right) > then sign in with a Google account