passwords for every account
Using the same password to log in to multiple accounts, like your Google Account, social media profiles, and retail websites, increases your security risk. It is like using the key to lock your home, car and office – if someone gains access to one, all of them could be compromised. Creating a unique password for each account eliminates this risk and keeps your accounts more secure.
up to date
To protect yourself from security vulnerabilities, always use up-to-date software across your web browser, operating system, plugins, and document editors. When you receive notifications to update your software, do so as soon as possible.
Review the software you use regularly to make sure you are always running the latest version available. Some services, including the Chrome browser, will automatically update themselves.
Use a screen lock
When you are not using your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone, lock your screen to keep others from getting into your device. For added security, set your device to automatically lock when it goes to sleep.
Always validate suspicious URLs
Phishing is an attempt to trick you into revealing critical personal information, like a password. It can take many forms, so it is important to learn how to spot suspicious emails and websites.
Lock down your phone if you lose it
If your phone is ever lost or stolen, you can visit your Google Account and select “Find your phone” to protect your data in a few quick steps.