Check your Google NOW – someone might be watching everything you do

SOMEONE could secretly monitor your Google account activities without your knowledge.

No one wants to be tracked down, regardless of whether your account was compromised by a data breach or your password is simple to guess.

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Google Account contains personal information that you would prefer not to share with othersCredit: Getty

There is an easy way to find out if someone is spying on your Gmail and YouTube activity.

You can remove people from your Google account if you notice anything amiss by going to your Google settings.

What can a hacker do with your Google account

Access to your Google account can be used to do all kinds of evil.

Gmail users can view your emails and lock your account.

The attacker could also gain access to any social media profiles – such as Facebook or Instagram – that are linked to your Gmail account.

Your savings may also be at stake if your PayPal, bank account or is linked to Gmail.

You can also access your photos via Google Photos if you have an Android tablet or smartphone.

You can also track your movements using Google’s Location History feature.

How to determine if someone has accessed your Google account

It is possible to see the devices, tablets and smartphones of people who have logged into Google.

Check it out google.com/devices to make sure no one else has signed in to your account.

This web page lists every device, its location, and the date that you last signed into it.

Click or tap if you don’t recognize a device. More InformationAnd then hit Register now.

Next, you should change your Google Password.

If you click, Google will guide you through the next stage. More detailsAnd then This device is not recognized?.

Two-factor authentication is recommended to lock down your account and prevent future break-ins.

You can read more about that below.

How to keep your account safe from hackers

Two-factor authentication (2FA), which is an additional security measure, can be used to stop people from accessing your account.

Gmail will activate your account and send you a text message containing a code to your phone. This code will need to to be entered.

Logging in is only possible after you have entered your credentials.

This setting will ensure that no one can hack into your account, regardless of whether they have access to your username or password.

Here’s how you activate 2FA on Google

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. Click on the navigation panel left to expand Security.
  3. The Sign in to Google panel, click 2-Step Verification.
  4. Click Get started.
  5. Follow the steps.

You have the option to choose how you want your 2FA code sent, whether it is via Gmail, text message, call or unique security key.

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