(LibertySociety.com) – Protecting ourselves from cybercriminals is a high-priority in the digital age. From 2016 to 2018, victims paid roughly $1.7 billion in out-of-pocket costs due to fraud. In 2019, hackers exposed at least 4 billion records. These statistics highlight a need for more security. Fortunately, Google is trying to tackle the problem.
Americans use their Google accounts to sign into a plethora of other apps and websites. That’s why the company offers ways to secure your account. Here are five ways to do that:
- Run a Google check on your passwords to make sure they’re secure. If they aren’t, be sure to use at least 15 characters with symbols, numbers, lowercase and uppercase letters.
- Use Google Authenticator to set up two-factor authentication to secure your account.
- Review the devices you’re logged in on and make sure you log out of unfamiliar devices.
- Use Google’s Advanced Protection Program if you are at-risk for online attacks.
- Set up your account recovery options so you can get back into your account if you’re locked out.
You can also check the different apps you use to see what safety measures those companies use. Adding multiple layers of protection between your data and scammers is the best way to keep your information safe.
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