A few years ago, Google announced they would cease reading users’ emails for ad targeting. This announcement led many to wonder, “Wait, when did they start reading my emails?”

Google’s decision was in response to backlash over their ad targeting practices. While stopping the practice was a positive step, it’s important to know that hundreds of third-party software developers still scan Gmail and other free email services. In some cases, actual people might even access your private correspondence.

So, what can you do to protect your privacy? Here are some crucial steps:

Avoid Using Free Email Services for Business. It’s essential to steer clear of using Gmail or other free email services for business purposes. Instead, opt for a secure email service to handle your company’s communications, ensuring that your business data and private messages remain protected from unauthorized access.

Secure Your Personal Gmail Account. If you still use a personal Gmail account, follow these steps to enhance its security:

  • Click on your profile picture in the upper right-hand corner of your Gmail screen and select “Manage your Google Account.”
  • Navigate to “Security.”
  • Scroll down to “Third-party apps with account access” and click “Manage third-party access.”
  • Remove any apps that you do not recognize or no longer want to have access to your email.

Regularly reviewing app access is a good practice to maintain your email security. However, remember that this advice only applies to your personal Gmail account. For business communications, using a free email service like Gmail is risky, as security vulnerabilities can go unnoticed for years.

For comprehensive guidance on staying safe online and ensuring secure company email usage, contact us at 888-RING-MY-TECH. Our experts can help you address all your network security concerns and update your business practices to stay safe in an ever-evolving online landscape.