On the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2022, Google pinned a shortcut to its Security Checkup feature just below the search bar on the Google home page. Here’s how you can use the Security Checkup to make sure you don’t have security loopholes that could compromise your Google account in the future.
How to perform the Google security check
Step 1: Go to the Google Security Verification page
Today you can find a quick shortcut to this page just below the search bar on the Google home page. If you don’t see it, you can always navigate to the same options by clicking on your profile picture in the top right, selecting ‘Manage your account’ and then navigating to the Security tab.
Google will segregate its security checkup page into various subsections such as “Your devices”, “Sign in and recovery” and “Third party access”. Look for the sections that are marked with the yellow alert icon. These are areas where Google suggests that you take some security measures.
Step 2 – Remove access from older devices
Remove access to your Google account from older devices that are no longer in use. These can be older smartphones and tablets.
Step 3 – Add Updated Alternate Ways to Login
Google allows you to add alternative ways to sign in and recover your Google account. This is important as adding an alternate email address (which doesn’t have to be a Gmail one) can help you recover your Google account if you ever forget your password.
Step 4 – Check recent activity
If any settings with your Google account have changed, updated, or the account has been added to a new device recently, you’ll see it here. If you see any unknown activity, Google will allow you to quickly take action, such as signing out from an unidentified device and/or changing your password.
Step 5: Review third-party access
If you’ve used your Google account to sign in to games and services, this section is where you’ll find a record of all that data. Find services you don’t use or games you no longer play and sign out of them.
Step 6 – Take a look at your saved passwords
Check the passwords saved on various websites if you have any. You may wish to update or remove some of these listings if you no longer use them.