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How do I Improve Google Passwords & Account Security?

By Katrina Puranik - Google Marketing Specialist, Ranking Australia

Common Threats to Google Account Security for Small Businesses: How to Protect Your Business

Hey there, small business owners! We know you’ve got a lot on your plate. Running a business isn’t just a 9-to-5 job—it’s a 24/7 commitment. In the midst of managing everything, it's easy to overlook the security of your Google account. But here’s the thing: safeguarding your account is crucial to keeping your business running smoothly and securely. Let's dive into some common threats and how you can protect yourself.

Watch Out for These Common Threats

  1. Phishing Attacks: Ever received an email that looks legit but something feels off? That’s phishing in action. These deceptive emails and websites aim to steal your login details. Always double-check before clicking any links.
  2. Weak Passwords: Using ‘password123’ or your pet’s name? Hackers love that. Weak passwords are a fast track to getting hacked.
  3. Unsecured Networks: Logging in from the local café’s free Wi-Fi? It’s convenient, but it’s also a hotspot for cybercriminals.
  4. Malware and Keyloggers: These nasty programs can record your keystrokes, including passwords, and send them straight to the bad guys.

Google’s Got Your Back: Dark Web Check and Password Checkup

Google offers some nifty tools to help keep your account safe:

  1. Dark Web Check: This tool scans the dark web to see if your email or passwords are out there. If something pops up, Google will let you know so you can take action.
  2. Password Checkup: Google reviews your saved passwords to ensure they’re strong and haven’t been compromised. If any passwords need changing, Google will prompt you.

Smart Password Tips

Creating strong passwords doesn’t have to be a headache. Here are some simple tips:

  • Mix It Up: Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Stay Unique: Avoid using easily guessable info like birthdays or common words.
  • One Password, One Account: Don’t reuse passwords across different accounts.
  • Use a Password Manager: Let technology handle it! Password managers generate and store complex passwords for you.

The Latest from Google: On-Device Encryption

Google’s new On-Device Encryption feature is a game-changer. It ensures your data is encrypted and decrypted right on your device, not on Google’s servers. This means even stronger protection against remote attacks.

How to Use Google’s Security Tools

Here’s a quick guide to accessing these tools:

  1. Dark Web Check:
    • Go to your Google account security page.
    • Find the ‘Security Checkup’ section.
    • Follow the steps to run a dark web scan.
  2. Password Checkup:
    • Open your Google account settings.
    • Navigate to ‘Security’ and then ‘Password Checkup.’
    • Follow the instructions to review and update your passwords.

Introducing Martin from BizGuard

We’re excited to introduce Martin von Stein from BizGuard! Martin is a cyber security guru and a Microsoft 365 support specialist. He’s got a ton of experience helping small businesses like yours stay safe online. With Martin on board, we’re ready to tackle any cyber security challenge that comes our way.

We know technology isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but securing your Google account doesn’t have to be complicated. With Google’s tools and these straightforward tips, you can keep your business safe from common cyber threats. And remember, if you need a bit of extra help, Martin von Stein from BizGuard is here to support you.

Stay secure, stay informed, and keep your business running smoothly!

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