Top tips from Google on World Password Day
02 May, 2019
On World Password Day (May 2), here’s a reminder about trends that may put your password in danger, and tips to keep your online self-safe!
1. Use unique passwords for your accounts.
Create a unique password for each account to eliminate this risk. Make sure that each password is hard to guess and better yet, at least eight characters long. It can be hard to keep track of many different passwords—60 per cent of people report having too many passwords to remember.
To help, consider using a password manager (like the one built into your Chrome browser) to help you create, safeguard and keep track of all your passwords. If that is too difficult, you can even write your passwords down on a piece of paper (but keep it in a safe place!), since hijackers are most likely to be online, rather than physically near you.
2. Go a step further by setting up two-factor authentication.
Setting up two-factor authentication (2FA)—also known as 2-Step Verification—significantly decreases the chance of someone gaining unauthorized access to your account. For the majority of people, Google’s automatic and risk-based sign-in protections are more than enough, but everyone should know that 2FA is an extra option. However, one in three survey respondents (31 per cent) said they do not use 2FA, or don’t know if they are using it or not.
2FA requires you to take a second step each time you sign in to your account on top of your username and password. Examples of second verification steps include an SMS text message, a six-digit code generated by an app, a prompt that you receive on a trusted device or the use of a physical security key.
Set up two-factor authentication for your Google Account by visiting g.co/2sv and clicking “Get Started.”
3. Take the Google Security Checkup.
The Security Checkup gives you personalized and actionable security recommendations that help you strengthen the security of your Google Account, and it only takes two minutes to complete.
Taking the Security Checkup doesn’t just help make you safer while using Google. The Checkup also includes personalized tips to keep you safer across the web, like helping you set up a screen lock on your mobile phone and advising you to remove risky third-party sites and apps that have access to your account.
Find more online security tips like these by visiting our Safety Center; you can also visit your Google Account’s Security section to find more tools to manage your account safety.