Saturday, 22 October 2011

How does Gmail help protect my data?

  • Gmail helps protect against viruses, spyware, and other malware. In addition to scanning and filtering incoming messages for spam and other dangerous items, Gmail blocks the transmission of executable files as attachments because these may contain malware that other scanners could miss. It also prevents automatic loading of third-party images that could include hidden malware or trackers used by spammers and phishers. Learn more.
  • Gmail is the first major webmail provider to offer default HTTPS access. This means that messages are encrypted during their transmission from your web browser1 to Google’s servers, which helps protect your data from being snooped by third parties if you’re using an unsecured Internet connection. Learn more.
  • Gmail offers 2-step verification as an optional extra layer of security for your Google Account. Using 2-step verification involves entering a code obtained on your phone—as well as your username and password—when you sign in. Even if someone steals or guesses your password, that person still can't sign in to your account because they don't have access to your phone. Learn more.
  • Gmail alerts you to suspicious activity in your account. If Gmail detects something unusual is going on with your account, we’ll alert you by posting a warning along with the geographic region that we associate with the questionable access. Gmail also gives you control to sign out all sessions of your account from any location. Learn more.
  • The Gmail Security Checklist can help ensure your security settings are as strong as possible. This simple guide walks you through the process to check your computer, browser, Google Account, and Gmail Settings.