There are two to tango, and the same is true for an effective online security strategy. What does it mean? On the one side, the company offering a service needs to make sure that user accounts are protected on their servers, that no one can exploit vulnerabilities to gain login information or other data from users of the service.
On the other side of the table is the user and the local computer the service is accessed from. The user has responsibilities too like making sure the computer is running up to date software and protected against threats.
Google has created the Gmail Security Checklist recently to aid users in tightening the security of their Gmail account.
The checklist lists a total of 18 different items that are divided into five groups.
Those short reminders alone won't help a lot of users protect their account login and data. A read more button is displayed next to each item that contains further explanations and links to related services, software and information. The check for viruses and malware link for instance links to a page that lists antivirus software to perform those checks.
It will take more than a minute to go through all the items, but it can be very well worth it. Experienced users may be able to complete it just by looking at the titles of each suggestion, while inexperienced users may need to click on the read more link for additional instructions and links.
Gmail Checklist in 30 seconds or less:
Make sure your operating system, software and web browsers are up to date. Make also sure you run an up to date antivirus software.
Check Google account and Gmail settings to make sure that only authorized websites and services are able to access them.
Update your account recovery options and regularly check for recent account activities.
Finally, make sure you always use a secure connection to sign in, and make sure to log out whenever you are finished using the service.
Keeping those basic rules in mind goes a long way to keep any account on the Internet secure.
Check out the Gmail Checklist at Google.
The new checklists lists nine items in total:
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