Gmail Email Security

posted May 10, 2012, 8:36 AM by Unknown user

If you have a Gmail account. Enable Two Factor Authentication.

What is Two Factor or Two Step Authentication?
Two Step authentication / verification adds an extra layer of security
to your Google Account by requiring you to have access to your phone –
as well as your username and password – when you sign in. This means
that if someone steals or guesses your password, the potential
hijacker still can't sign in to your account because they don't have
your phone.

While two step verification requires some web savvy, you only need a
few basic items:

1. A phone that is usually available to you when you sign in. This could be:
* A standard phone (landline or mobile)
* Any Android device, BlackBerry device, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad
that can run the Google Authenticator application
2. A backup phone that you can use if you lose access to your primary
phone. This could be:
* A work or home phone (landline or mobile)
* The phone of someone you trust, like a friend or family member.

Go to your Accounts settings page new window and look for the Using
Two step verification link. If you have the link, click it and start
the setup process.

Cyber Criminals are stepping up their game. You can't just sit back
and do nothing, you have to be proactive, and be ready to defend your
accounts. Remember that alot of accounts require password reset
information to be emailed to you; that is your ace in the hole with a
Gmail account enabled with two factor... unless the attacker has your
cell phone, they aren't easily going to get in and secure a reset
password and take more personally identifiable information from you.
Remember Gmail isn't only just a free account, you can actually point
your domain MX records to Google and have the Gmail system as your
email back end. By having Gmail as your email service, you ensure
having greater security and filtration enabled just by using them.

Just My two cents.