04 Dec Securing your Google Apps for Work account
Securing your Google Apps for Work account: Google have recently announced new tools to help Google Apps for Work users take more control of their security online. Here, we talk you through how to make sure you have the most current security features in place.
To get started, head to the top of one of your Google Apps windows and click on your profile picture. From here, you can select to visit your Account.
You will then be taken to a window with your Personal Info. Click on the Security tab.
You want to visit the bottom of the page to Secure your Account and click on the Get Started button. At this point you may be prompted to sign back in with your password.
You will then be redirected to a new window. First up, you will need to Add recovery information. Here you can add a phone number and additional email address, so in the case of unusual activity on your account you will be contacted, and can also recover information if you’re accidentally locked out.
Next up, you will have the opportunity to check your recent activity to check for any abnormal activity. You should check back to this page regularly, especially if you have any concerns over your account being compromised. If you’re not sure about some of the activities listed here, you can click on the Some of these look suspicious button, and you will be prompted to reset your password as a precaution.
Finally, you can check your account permissions, which allows you to view which Apps have access to your accounts, and you can remove any that you no longer want linked or don’t trust.
Following on from this, you want to head back to the Security page, and check out the Recent activity section. Here you should click View activity under the Devices & activity section.
You will then be able to see a list of all the devices which have access to your Google Apps account, and when each device was last used.
If you spot any suspicious devices, or any devices no longer in use such as the iPhone pictured here, you can select that device and opt to Remove it. You should do this for any devices that you don’t recognise.
Once you have completed this process, you can rest assured that you have taken the relevant steps to secure your account. Along with 2 Step verification, your Google Apps account is now secure. You can check back to the Security tab at any time to monitor activity on your account or to update any of your settings.