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Share access to Google Docs instead of sending attachments or links

To ensure that you’re able to preserve access and editing permissions on Google Docs, share files with your collaborators directly. This is also a preferable option over emailing attachments, which is a technique that is commonly exploited by phishers. From an open Doc, click the Share button in the top right corner. Add email addresses, […]

Obscure your background on Google Meet

Google Meet is a convenient videoconferencing solution. Now, users can protect their privacy and limit the potential exposure of personal information that might be visible on camera by using a virtual background. Before you enter a meeting, you’ll be directed to a preview page. Click the figure in the bottom right corner of the video […]

Understand Google Docs sharing permissions

When you share a Google Doc, make sure you’ve set permissions that keep your document as secure as possible. You can opt to restrict access to a specific domain or to people who have the full link. Alternatively, you may make it public on the internet, but check whether you’ve enabled commenting or editing permissions […]

Delete or re-secure your neglected Gmail accounts

If you have multiple Gmail accounts, close out any you don’t frequently use, or revisit and re-secure them with an updated password and multi-factor authentication. This reduces cybersecurity risk in several ways. First, it helps stop others from reading your emails. Second, it can prevent someone accessing one of these accounts and using it to […]

Pay attention to Google cross-app account alerts

Beginning in 2020, Google began to provide alerts about potential Google Account security issues to users regardless of which Google app (Gmail, YouTube, Drive, etc.) they were using. Look for a small icon, with an exclamation mark next to your profile image, in the upper right corner of most apps. Tapping/clicking through will display the […]

Transfer the Google Authenticator app to a new Android device

Nobody holds onto the same smartphone forever. If you use Google Authenticator and you need to transfer permissions to a new device, open your app on the old phone. Select the vertical ellipsis menu in the upper right corner, and then click “Transfer accounts.” Tap “Export accounts.” The app will generate a QR Code that […]