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Billions of Google and Gmail users warned to check their accounts over hacking threat

GOOGLE is warning users to check their accounts or you risk being hacked.

If you’ve got a Google account – including Gmail or Google Drive – then you could be putting yourself in unnecessary danger.

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You’ve got loads of personal info on Google – so it’s important to keep it safeCredit: Google

Google has issued five tips to users to help them protect themselves.

“We take online security seriously,” Google warned.

“To protect your Google Account, we strongly recommend following the steps below regularly.”

The first tip from Google is to do a Security Checkup.

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Google offers a special website that will run through your account security to make sure everything is OK.

You can find it here.

It’ll give you specific personalised security recommendations to keep your account as safe as possible.

The second tip is to update your software.

Google and other tech giants regularly include security fixes in device or app updates, so installing them is very important.

“If your browser, operating system, or apps are out-of-date, the software might not be safe from hackers,” Google explained.

“Keep your software updated to help protect your account.”

The third tip is to use unique and strong passwords.

It’s a major risk if you’re using the same password on multiple websites.

This can lead to devastating hack attacks.

If you’ve got an iPhone, consider following our guide to the iCloud Keychain, which helps you manage multiple strong passwords.

The fourth tip is to get rid of any apps and browser extensions you don’t need.

“As more apps are installed on a device, it can become more vulnerable,” Google said.

“Install only essential apps and browser extensions on devices that have access to sensitive information.

“Avoid installing unknown apps or apps from unknown sources to protect your device and personal info.”

And the fifth tip is to be wary of suspicious messages and content.

Hackers are getting increasingly sophisticated when it comes to trying to trick you.

So sometimes you might even receive very official-looking messages. texts from friends or family, or highly convincing websites that are actually just scams.

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If something seems suspicious or too good to be true, be very careful.

And always be wary of any communication that asks you for your personal info – especially if it’s related to passwords or finance.

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