How to Run a Google Security Checkup

Give your Google security settings a onceover

What to Know

  • On Google Account Security page, select Review Security Tips for Google's suggestions.
  • Select Recent security activity for suspicious sign-ins; select No, secure account if one wasn't authorized.
  • Select Manage All Devices and Manage 3rd-party access to see devices, sites, and apps with access to your account.

This article explains how to use Google Security Checkup to ensure your private data is kept secure.

How to Run a Google Security Checkup

If you use your Google account to authenticate with services and devices, you should perform a Google security checkup frequently. You can do this by accessing the Google Account Security page, where you can see the current status for all of the following security issues on your account.

Review Google's Security Tips

Google will give you a personalized view of your account security with tips for enhancing security.

  1. Select Review Security Tips for an overview of Google's suggestions for ways you can enhance your account security.

    Review Security Tips highlighted in the Google account security page
  2. Google will ask for various confirmations or alert you to any problems. Select any category to see Google's suggestions and requests. If a category has green checkmarks, Google finds its settings satisfactory.

    Google's Security checkup overview page

Review Recent Security Events

To review any recent security events on your Google account, go to the Recent Security Activity section. Select Recent security activity to view recent events.

  1. Google constantly monitors where sign-in attempts occur. If an attempt is from a location you don't normally visit or a device you don't normally use, you'll see a "new sign in" alert in this section.

    Select the arrow next to the suspicious event to get more details.

    Google Recent Security Activity with arrow selected by security event
  2. If you recognize the sign-in attempt, select Yes, it was me. If you don't, select No, secure account.

    Google Security sign-in alert with Yes and No responses highlighted
  3. If you select No, secure account, Google will present a chance to change your password and secure your account. Select Change password and follow the prompts.

    Google Security with Change Password highlighted

Review Your Devices

The Your devices section allows you to monitor the devices that have signed into your account.

  1. Select Manage All Devices to review devices that have accessed your Google Account.

    Google Security checkup with Manage all devices highlighted
  2. You'll see all devices that have logged into your account in the past 28 days. Select the arrow next to a device to see more information about recent activity and the browsers, apps, and services that the device accessed.

    Google Security Checkup Your Devices section with arrow highlighted next to session
  3. If you find a device sign-in suspicious, select Don't Recognize Something? Google will prompt you to sign out of that device.

    Google device security screen with Don't Recognize Something? Highlighted

Confirm Sign-In Information

The Signing in to Google section is where you can adjust your password and sign-in permissions.

  1. Select Password to change your password.

    Google Security checkup with password highlighted
  2. Sign in to Google with your current password, and then enter your new password and confirm it. Select Change Password to complete the change.

    Google Security checkup with password entry fields and Change Password highlighted
  3. Select Use your phone to sign in to enable account sign-in from a Google prompt sent to your phone.

    Google Security Checkup with Use your phone to sign in highlighted
  4. You'll see a screen explaining the feature. Select Next to continue. You'll be prompted to sign in to your Google account.

    Google Security Checkup phone sign-in page with Next highlighted
  5. Select Set up your Android phone or Set up your iPhone (5S or later) and follow the prompts to download the Google app and sign in to your account on your phone.

    Google Security Checkup phone sign-in feature with Android and iPhone options highlighted
  6. When you're signed in to Google on your phone, select Click here to continue on the computer screen.

    Google Security Checkup phone sign-in with Click Here to Continue highlighted
  7. Google will verify that your phone is ready to go; select Next to proceed.

    Google Security Checkup phone sign-in with Next highlighted
  8. Select Next to test the feature.

    Google Security Checkup phone sign-in with Next highlighted
  9. Select Turn on to enable the phone sign-in feature.

    Google phone sign-in feature with Turn On highlighted
  10. Back on the Signing in to Google screen, select 2-step verification to enable the security feature.

    Google Security Checkup with 2-step verification highlighted
  11. Select Get Started.

    Google Security 2-step verification with Get Started highlighted
  12. Choose a device to receive two-step verification prompts and select Continue.

    Google Security 2-step verification process with phone and continue highlighted
  13. Add a backup option, choose to receive prompts via a text or call, and select Send. Google will send a code to your phone. Enter it on the screen to confirm.

    Google Security 2-step verification with prompt options and Send highlighted
  14. Select Turn on to turn on two-step verification.

    Google 2-step verification screen with Turn On highlighted

Confirm Verification Methods

In the Ways we can verify it's you section, you can confirm or change identification measures.

  1. Select Recovery phone to change or delete an associated phone number. You'll be asked to sign in to your Google account to proceed.

    Google Security Checkup with Recovery phone highlighted
  2. Select Edit (pencil icon) to edit the recovery phone number, or select Delete (trash icon) to delete it.

    Google Security recovery phone section with edit and delete highlighted
  3. Select Recovery email to verify or change your recovery email address.

    Google verification section with Recovery email highlighted
  4. If you select Security question, Google will notify you that it no longer supports security questions for authentication and encourage you to add a recovery phone and recovery email address.

    Google verification section with Security Question highlighted

Review Third-Party App Access

In the Third-party apps with account access section, view sites and apps that can access some of your Google account data.

  1. Select Manage third-party access to view the sites and apps that can access your account.

    Google Security Checkup with Manage third-party access highlighted
  2. You'll see third-party apps with account access, accounts you sign in to via your Google account, and trusted Google apps. Select any app to display what it has access to.

    Google third-party app access, Google apps, and Signing in with Google highlighted
  3. Select any app to review its permissions. Select Remove access to disable account access.

    Google account access page with Remove Access highlighted

Enhanced Safe Browsing

In the Enhanced Safe Browsing for Your Account section, you can turn on this internet security feature for additional protection against dangerous websites and downloads. Select Manage Enhanced Safe Browsing to turn this feature on or off.

Manage Enhanced Safe Browsing highlighted in Google Security checkup

Signing in to Other Sites

In the Signing in to Other Sites section, you can view the sites you sign into using your Google account. You can also view your Password Manager to manage passwords saved in your Google account, and select Linked Accounts to see if you've given Google access to data from your third-party sites.

Signing in to other sites section

The Password Manager offers a handy password checkup tool to enhance security. Here's how it works:

  1. Select Password Manager.

    Password manager highlighted in Google Account security
  2. Select Go to Password Checkup.

    Go to Password Checkup highlighted in Google Password manager
  3. Select Check Passwords.

    Check Passwords highlighted in Google Password Checkup
  4. Google will return its analysis of your passwords with recommendations on compromised, unique, and weak passwords. If everything's OK, you'll see green checks.

    Password Checkup in Google with green checks

Why Use Google Security Checkup?

It's important to understand that Google uses your sign-in and security permissions across every service and device that authenticates with your Google account. This includes all Android devices you use, services like Google Drive and Gmail, and third-party apps you've authorized to connect to your Google account. That's why it's important to use Google Security Checkup to keep your private data secure.

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