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Google Password Security Settings

Most of us use Google in our day to day lives, but how many of us have spent the time to check how well we are protecting our security and passwords on various websites? If you use Google to auto log in to various websites, then I highly recommend you read the following article. Google not only will help you quickly login to the websites you use, they also provide you with password security, so you can stay on top of any vulnerabilities you may have. Just follow these quick and easy steps to see just how secure you really are.

 

1 ) Go to Google.ca and make sure you are logged in 

Go to Google.ca or Google.com and look at the top right corner. You should have a letter or symbol. If not, it will say log in. Once logged in, go to step 2.

2 ) Google Apps or Hamburger Icon

Right beside your log in icon will be the nine squares Google Apps Icon, also commonly referred to as the hamburger icon. See below (numbered #1) and select this to see options such as mail, maps, YouTube and more. We are specifically looking for the one that says “Account” (numbered #2). Select this and then you will have to enter your Google password once again, for security purposes.

3 )  Password Checkup Page

As you will see in the picture below, the password checkup page is separated into three sections. 

No Compromised Passwords

Google has checked for any mass postings of your Gmail account and matching passwords and lists them in this section. You should change these as soon as possible! Select change password to go directly to the website, log in and change the password

Reused Passwords

Google compares all the passwords you use and looks for duplicates. The next section will show you more details on this area. It is always best to use unique passwords for each website account you create.

Accounts Using A Weak Password

Google will look at the length and complexity of each password and in this section will show you the website accounts that are recommended to have a stronger password. 

4 ) Password Checkup Changing Options

The picture below has the same options for each section discussed above, we will use the re-used passwords section as our example. Google will, line by line, show you each website that has password vulnerabilities. You can select the blue “Change Password” (#1) and it will take you directly to the website to login and update the password. Not sure of the password? Select “View Password” (#2) to see what the current password is. Already gone to the website and updated the password? Select “Update Saved Password” (#3) to update Google’s memory of the password. (Note: This does not update the password on the website, it simply changes the password that Google has remembered for your next visit). Deleted your account or you don’t want Google to remember the password? Select “Delete Password” (#4) to remove it from Google’s memory. (Note: much like step 3, this does not delete the website’s account, just Google’s ability to auto log you in next visit)

This area is something that you should check every few months and make any recommended changes so that you can keep your online passwords as secure as possible. Please contact us if you have any questions and all the best in staying as secure as possible online. This information is valid as of February 2020 and Google does change things frequently. Reach out to us if things change and we will gladly post updated information.

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