Yesterday, it was reported that 5 million Google account logins and passwords were compromised and leaked to an online forum.
Dashlane’s built a tool that allows you to easily check if your Google account was compromised. You’ll find it in the Dashlane Threat Center.
Here’s what to do once you’ve checked your account.
If your account was on the breached list:
- Change your Google password immediately
This will keep anyone from re-entering your account if they’ve already done so. Do that now, and then come back. There’s more…
- If you re-use your Google account password for other accounts, change it.
You can easily see where you’re passwords are weak, reused or compromised by visiting the Security Dashboard in Dashlane.
- Turn on 2-step verification your Google account
It takes less than 2 minutes to set up, and it tremendously increases your security by adding another entry barrier to your account. You can use 2-step authentication with an app like Google Authenticator, or you can use it with SMS/text messages. Here’s how.
- Go through Google’s Security Checklist
Compromised email accounts are a big deal for your security. You use email to verify yourself for a lot of what you do online (banking, shopping, etc.).
Google has a Security Checklist for what you should do if you suspect your account has been compromised, like checking the last activity on your account and viewing suspicious login locations.
You should go through the whole list and make sure you’re aware and meeting the requirements you need to.
If your account was not on the breached list:
That’s great news for you! My guess is that you might have a few ways that you can amp up your Google account’s security. So you should take a pass through Google’s Security Checklist and make sure you’re hitting the marks.