Protect your Gmail account: How to download data and regain access in case of hacking


 

Like all the other services of the company, Gmail works with a Google account. This is why should we lose access, we will face a situation where we run the risk of losing information and files stored in applications such as Drive and Photos. How to avoid it?


The email service has become an indispensable tool for both work, academic, or even personal purposes, and therefore an important bank of information. Therefore, guaranteeing security methods that protect or allow our data to be recovered is also essential.


Among the most recognized alternatives to sending and receive emails are Outlook (previously known as Hotmail), and Gmail, Google's proposal that is positioned as the most famous in the world and, according to projections, would exceed four billion users at the end of 2021.


Like all the other services of the company, Gmail works with a Google account. This is why should we lose access, we will face a situation where we run the risk of losing information and files stored in applications such as Drive and Photos.


For these cases, in which the user may have forgotten their password or have been the victim of a hack, there are certain tools that allow the information to be backed up or security strengthened.


Keep backups up-to-date


Like many other Internet services, Google offers an option to download backup copies in its configuration section.


The internet giant offers a tool known as Takeout, with which users can download their data, either from Gmail or from any other Google app.


In the case of email, the information will be downloaded in MBOX format, which can be restored to any other email service.


Steps to configure recovery data


Google also offers its customers several options with which to identify themselves to the system and thus demonstrate that they are indeed the owners of the blocked/lost/stolen Gmail account.

  • Go to the account configuration options and select the "Security" option

  • Click on "Methods to verify your identity"

  • Complete or update the different fields available with a phone number, an alternative email address, and a security question

Finally, it is also advisable to save each password in case they are changed, because it may be a piece of information that Google requests to restore the account, in addition to looking for some of the first emails that arrived when the account was opened in order to have to Clear the date of its opening and provide the data to Google in case it requests it.

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