Governments appear to be conducting attacks on Gmail users
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, 8/9/2012 in category "News "
Abstract: Governments appear to be conducting attacks on Gmail users
Recently, and since the beginning of the internet era in general, there has been much talk and debate regarding the security of online email accounts. For the same time period there has also lurked the possibility of your account being hacked, and email accounts from all the currently available email services have been attacked at some point or another and successfully hacked in to. However with all these security breaches occurring it was largely believed that the culprits for these actions are hackers who are sadist, or criminal minded individuals, possible thousands of miles away. They could be stealing your information from your mail account for their own pleasure, just for kicks, or they may be out there to steal your money or cause you any other form of damage, the last thing people would have expected is to find out that their own governments are plotting against them and compromising users’ security and privacy. According to Google, in an announcement it made to its users and customers, if Google suspects that your account is under threat of being attacked or possible you computer, then it will send you an email warning you about this in advance, so that you can take the appropriate actions in a timely manner and save yourself and your information.
However Google officials were also made it clear that in the case that you do receive such an email from Google mentioning that you are at risk, this does not directly impose the fact that your account has already been infiltrated or your information is now officially stolen but rather it serves as a warning and signifies that Google considers to be a potential victim to such sorts of an attack. An attack can originate due to pc monitoring software or cell phone monitoring software. There are various ways in which this could happen, you could be subject to phishing as you are diverted to website which is a phony and is there only to steal your information. Other than this you could also be infected with malware, key loggers and Trojan which would all, in essence, result in your information being with someone other than yourself. It was also made clear that if you do receive such an email this does not indicate that Google’s server or infrastructure itself has been attacked and that there is any security threat because the search giant has not been able to keep security up. Though after outlining the potential problems of the current situation Google also went on to mention a few things which users can do in the case that things go wrong to ensure that they are safe.
One of the most important things to do right away is to change your password, and to change it to something more secure, which would for example include, a good blend of alphabets, numbers and punctuation marks, feel free to choose between capital letters and lower case ones. A good modification to the regular sign in procedure would be to implement a two step sign in mechanism which would allow for greater security. Furthermore it is important to remember that you need to keep your system up to date, out of date plugins or browsers, software’s and even operating systems can all create vulnerabilities and increase your chances of being hacked. Also while online and visiting sites such as Google or the Gmail page where you are requested to sign in make sure that in the address bar it says HTTPS and not HTTP, the additional ‘S’ signifies a secure connection and is helpful in making sure that you are not visiting a fake phishing page.
Author Bio: Natalia David, an author significantly contributes towards Pc security, cell phone monitoring software (visit website) and cellspyexpert android spy software. If you want to know more about Natalia you can follow her on twitter @NataliaDavid4