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How to protect your data by making Gmail as secure as possible

Published Jan 16th, 2015 1:50PM EST
Gmail Security Settings

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Millions upon millions of people around the world rely on Gmail for their email needs, and Google’s free service is indeed one of the most feature-rich out there. For obvious reasons, Google encourages users to keep anything and everything they receive in Gmail using its archive system; the more emails you save for Google to refer to and analyze, the better the company’s advertising profile will be for you.

With all of that data from years worth of emails sitting in your Gmail account, it stands to reason that you’d want to ensure that all of those emails are as secure as possible. But what’s the best way to make sure all of those messages are safe and sound?

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Business Insider recently put together a quick post that explains exactly how to secure your Gmail account as much as possible using simple tools that Google provides.

Remember those recommendations that you ignore when they pop up every so often as you log into your Gmail account? Well it’s time to take them more seriously.

The blog post does a good job of walking you through all of the steps you need to take in order to enable four key security features: adding recovery information, checking recent activity, tuning account permissions and enabling 2-step verification. It also includes annotated images to help you every step of the way.

Follow the link below in our source section to ensure your Gmail account is as secure as it can be.

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Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.