Is my Gmail password secure?

subbu December 10, 2011
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Some of my friends say that a Gmail password can be hacked using software. Is it possible? If so, how do I prevent it? What applications are these people using?

  1. maia
    July 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

    i need gmail passw to be cracked. Who can help me??

  2. HenryWinesburg2002
    December 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I use RoboForm to securely store all of my passwords and to even generate new passwords for me. I trust RoboForm and not many other password managers just because I heard about Lastpass getting hacked last year and I really don't want to put my information at risk with a company that already got hacked. I'd use a password manager because you never know these days what can happen.

  3. FIDELIS
    December 11, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Hello, with regards to security, all the suggestions above will work as long as no body but you has physical access to your computer.  As long as your computer is physically locked, and that means not letting anybody install software by CD/DVD, USB or download, your security should hold.  

    If you leave your computer unattended make sure to lock it.  If you have guest accounts enabled, make sure to enforce extra security on those accounts.  And the most extreme measure is to keep your computer where no body else can access it, like a locked room. 

    It is also important to make sure to set your browser to clean your history, cache, filled forms history, etc every time browser closes.  Also make sure not to let your browser save passwords.  It is better to use other software like lastpass, keepass, etc manage your passwords instead of your browser.  If cleaning cookies, cache and stuff like that makes it harder for you to access sites you like, just make sure to bookmark the sites.

    After making sure your security like antivirus/antimalware is up to date, and also your system is up to date, make sure to pay a visit to the following site to check for vulnerabilities in software installed in your computer.  You can either download the desktop client or you can run the online test.  Once scanned is finished, make sure to update software if vulnerabilities are found:

    http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/

       

  4. Anonymous
    December 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

    if its from gmail server side then you cant much about it, but from your side you can use Antiloggers such as Zemana
    http://www.zemana.com/

  5. Mjevolve
    December 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

    hello .

    follow the advice that other users have mentioned and i would like to add ,
    that its highly recommended you enable 2 step verification for logging in your Gmail account .
    read here - http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/static.py?hl=en&guide=1056283&page=guide.cs&from=1056283&rd=1

    and one more password manager worth mentioning is KeePass. http://keepass.info/
    its open source , free and uses industry standard encryption like any other .
    and it does not store any information in the cloud or any third party servers .
    everything remains on your computer perfectly encrypted .
    so this makes it one of the safest password managers . 
    use it along with the KeeFox firefox extension   http://keefox.org/ 
     , and you have the same functionality as provided by LastPass or other such online password managers like RoboForm . store credentials and auto fill .

  6. Jay
    December 11, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Well, I don't think there can be a tool/software that can hack email/gmail accounts.
    most password cracking tools use brute forcing, which is not possible in case of gmail/email.

    Don't get tempted to find this tool, you will end up downloading garbage or malware.

    your gmail password is secured as long as you keep it secured.

    If you have very sensitive data or access to data on your gmail account, use on-screen keyboard. and enable https .

    you can read some other details about safety of your account in the above comment by Jeff.

  7. Jeff Fabish
    December 11, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Subbu,

    Your password should be at least 8 characters. It should not be a complete word, nor should it contain identifiable information (pet names, birthdays, addresses, etc.). Don't use a common password such as "12345" or "password". It should have uppercase, lowercase and symbols. Do not write your password down, anywhere.

    Once you have a password in mind, put it to the test with one (or more) of these five password strength tools. Malware (such as keyloggers) can record your keystrokes, therefore logging your password. I use LastPass to store and fill out my passwords, you still must worry about keyloggers recording your LastPass master password.

    To decrease the chances of malware recording your password, have an up-to-date anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware, be sure to scan often and keep the signatures up-to-date. Additionally, you can encrypt your keystrokes using keyscrambler (highly recommended).

    Always check the domain your on before you sign in to mitigate phishing attacks. Never download attachments if you weren't expecting them, if you must be sure to scan them with your anti-virus, anti-malware and an online virus scanner. Never ever give someone your password, even if they claim to be an administrator from the site.

    Lastly, change your password often (once every 3 - 6 months). Don't use the same password for multiple sites. I know that can be difficult, so I suggest you use the tool I suggested earlier, that is LastPass. LastPass will store all of your passwords in an encrypted 'vault', then you only have to remember your lastpass master password (which had better be very secure). Keep your operating system and software up-to-date. Do not download software randomly, or from sites which you don't explicitly trust.

    - Jeff

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