From controlling Ad Campaigns to maintaining your business listings on Google Search, it’s essential to channel your inner security guru and protect yourself from potential risks. Ignoring this responsibility could result in digital chaos, compromising the integrity of your online operations.
To help you ensure the safety of your Google account, we have gathered some proven tips that you can incorporate into a quick and regular security audit to help keep your online operations secure.
1. Regularly Review and Remove Old Users
This one’s a real pet peve for us. Do you know the amount of times we’ve taken over a client’s account only to discover a motley crew of unknown users. Old agencies, ex-employees, and freelancers who still have access to their Google tools!
It’s time to play the role of the bouncer and give ’em the boot. Take a moment to review the guest list of users who have access to your Google accounts. Remove any outdated or inactive users, minimising the risk of unauthorised access. Let’s keep your account exclusive!
2. Never Share Your Login Credentials
You know the saying, “Sharing is caring”? Well, not when it comes to your Google Account! Keep your login credentials under lock and key, even from your internal marketing team.
Your Google Account is yours and yours alone. Grant appropriate access levels by adding people as users, but guard your usernames and passwords like a ferocious dragon guards its treasure. We’re not kidding – no sharing allowed!
3. Utilise a Secure Password Manager
Forgetting passwords is an age-old problem that deserves a modern-day solution. Enter the password manager, the hero you need!
Think of tools like LastPast as a trusty sidekick. With this handy tool, you can generate strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts. Not only are these passwords designed to provide airtight protection against unauthorised access, but the tools will remember and auto-complete them on the appropriate websites, leaving you to get on with more important tasks then resetting passwords.
Weak passwords are so yesterday. It’s time to level up your password game. We’re watching you (yes, you with the “123456” password).
4. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
We get it – 2FA used to be as annoying as a swarm of mosquitoes at a summer picnic. But hey, Google has made it super convenient now.
This extra layer of verification adds an additional shield of protection. Picture yourself as a secret agent, requiring a unique code or a cool mobile click in addition to your password for login. Make it a routine for all your online accounts, and you’ll be the hero of security in no time!
5. Stay Vigilant Against Phishing Attempts
Every week, if not every day, we encounter new phishing attempts that aim to outsmart even the most tech-savvy among us. These scammers think they’re clever, but we know better!
Be as cautious as a ninja in the shadows when it comes to suspicious emails or messages. They may try to trick you into revealing your sensitive information. But fear not, dear reader—verify the legitimacy of any requests before giving away your secrets. And when in doubt, just ignore it like a spammy street performer.
6. Regularly Update and Secure Your Devices
Yes, we know it feels like there’s a new update every day, but many of these updates are sneaky behind-the-scenes security patches. So, gather your devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.) into a security huddle. Keep them up to date and ready for battle. And don’t forget to enlist a reliable antivirus and anti-malware solution. With your devices on high alert, potential threats won’t stand a chance. Take that, cyber villains!
Remember, protecting your Google account is no laughing matter. By implementing these essential measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorised access and keep your valuable data safe from prying eyes. So, tighten your digital cape and embrace a proactive approach to account security.
Your Google account will thank you, and you’ll have the last laugh in the ever-changing digital landscape.