Sometimes, you might be unable to log in to your Gmail, Google Docs, YouTube, or access other Google Services because you’ve either forgotten your username or password. However, you can still get into an email account without the password.
You would only need to provide some information related to the account for recovery. This article will provide tips to help you get into an email account without the password.
How to get into an email account without the password?
There are different methods you can try if you forget your password and would like to get into an Email account without the password, and here are just a few we think will be helpful:
Method 1: Recover your account without a username
If you don’t remember your email address, or you never wrote it down because you don’t use your email address, you can quickly recover your username.
- First, go to the Google sign-in page
- A Need Help or Forgotten password link is on the sign-in page beneath the email input field.
- Next, click on Find my account.
- A list of recovery options will be shown on the page that opens. You can use your recovery email address or your recovery phone number. Enter the account’s name, click on the re-CAPTCHA box, and then click Submit. Google would send an email or text message depending on your selected recovery method.
- On newer browser versions, you can click Forgot email, and a Find your email page would show up where you will be prompted to enter a recovery email or phone number. The names you used to register the email.
- Suppose an account is found, where you would be asked to enter the names you used to register the email. A verification code would be sent to the phone number or recovery email.
Method 2: Recover your account without a password
If you’ve forgotten your password. You would have to reset it to gain access to the account. No worries, you won’t lose any information. To recover your password:
- Following the same process as earlier, go to Google’s sign-in page and click Need help? Below is the email input field.
- On the Account Support page, input your email address and click Next.
- There are a set of recovery questions you’ll have to answer to confirm the account belongs to you. These are the questions you chose when you were creating the account. First, you’ll be required to enter the last password you remember using for the account, then click Next. If you can’t remember any, click Try a different question, and other recovery questions will show.
You’ll see other options, including entering the month and year you created the account or sending a verification code to your recovery email address if you have one.
- If you don’t have a recovery email address, you can input a phone number where you can get the code.
- Once you’ve received the code, enter it and click Next.
- On the page that appears, input your new password, retype it in the second field to confirm it, then click on Change password.
- You should be able to log in after this.
Here are tips to protect your email from unauthorized access
Email accounts are susceptible to online attacks as they usually contain personal information, which is essential when signing up for services. A secure account prevents these attacks, safeguarding your data. Here are some precautions you can take to protect your account better:
- Password-protecting your devices
If someone were to gain access to your account by using your device, password-protecting it would be the first barrier against stealing your information.
- Creating a strong password
A good password should be easy for you to remember, hard for others to guess, and difficult for software to crack. Therefore, you should make your password impregnable by making it between 8-12 characters long and mixing uppercase letters, lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers.
- Using one unique password for one account
Reusing passwords from other accounts for your Google account puts it at risk. If the other accounts get hacked, it’ll be easy to access your email account because the same password is literally what protects them all. Using a password manager will save you the trouble of memorizing all the different accounts’ passwords.
- Saving passwords on the web
Avoid saving passwords in your browser. Even though it makes it easier to log in, it’s also as easy for anyone using your device to access your email, especially when using a public computer.
- Enable two-step verification
Email services like Gmail or Yahoo allow their users have a two-step authentication, which is an additional layer of security for your account. First, if you’re logging in from an unknown source, a unique security code is sent to you via SMS or another form to confirm that it is you. This way, if someone were to have access to your account, they’d have to have your phone or another device to sign in.
- Updating your antivirus software
Ensuring your antivirus software is up to date is one way to secure your account. Out-of-date antivirus software might not have the required coding to deal with newer virus versions or attacks. Also, it would be best to be careful when installing free third-party software because it could come with malware. If you use Gmail, perform a regular Security Check and review apps you’ve given access to your account.
- Opening unrecognized attachments
Don’t open attachments unless you know who is sending them and what it is. Attachments can serve as Trojan horses carrying malware installed on your computer when you try to open them.
- Avoid clicking unknown links in your email
Hackers could send fake login links or buttons disguised as legitimate links. These links take you to a website that steals your password. If you get an email that redirects you to a website to log in, open another window and head to that website directly to see if there are any changes.
- Avoiding phishing scams
Phishing scams are guises played by hackers to request personal information such as your bank information. If you use Outlook or Gmail, you will see a red or yellow message at the top of the email, warning you that the email might be a phishing scam or spam.
To detect phishing emails: check the domain name of the email sender and the name behind the ‘@.’ For example, if the email claims to come from a company, the domain name will bear the company’s name. So, for example, a legit email from Netflix would read @netflix.com.
If you are still unsure, visit the company’s official website to verify their contacts.
If the email contains an offer about a contest you don’t remember participating in or some other news that is too good to be true, it’s likely a phishing email.
- Don’t make your security question answers easy to guess
Questions such as your mother’s maiden name could be answered with some other peculiar answer, like “shortbread.” This isn’t an obvious answer, and it’ll be difficult for someone trying to gain unauthorized access to your account to guess.
- Never share your password with anyone
This is the most obvious, but people still fall prey to this. Never share your account’s password with anyone, even if they claim to be the email service’s technical support team. Your password is meant to be private and meant for you alone.
5 Password Managers We Recommend If You Quickly Forget Your Passwords (And Why We Love Them)
A password manager helps you create a unique password and also helps you store them. They have more utility than the standard browser managers as those are more limited. Here are some password managers we recommend and their features.
1Password is a good password storing software that not only stores your passwords but alerts you when there has been a breach and if the password is too weak. It is also compatible with macOS, Andriod, iOS, and Linux. However, 1Password isn’t free and costs $36 per year for a single user and $60 for a family plan.
Bitwarden is a reliable, open-source, free password manager. It is user-friendly and is compatible with all operating systems, as well as web browser extensions. In addition, Bitwarden offers a paid upgraded account, Bitwardem Premium, at $10 per year. This version gives you 1GB of encrypted file storage, two-factor authentication, password hygiene, and a vault health report.
Dashlane, like 1Password, offers a Site Breach Alert option and actively monitors the web for leaked or stolen personal data. In addition, you can get a desktop version or a web extension. Dashlane also offers a premium version for $60 per year.
KeePassXC gives you more control over your data by encrypting your passwords and storing them in an encrypted data vault which you can assess with a master password, a key file, or both. In addition, KeePass, unlike 1Password, lets you sync the encrypted vault yourself to a syncing service like iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive.
Once your file has been synced, you can only access it via any device with a KeePassXC client. KeePassXC is also open-source software, meaning its code is available for anyone to inspect and debug. The more reviewing it gets, the more secure it gets.
NordPass is relatively new software on the password manager market, but it is built by the same company that built NordVPN, so it is reputable. NordPass is available on most operating systems but is limited to only one device, and there is no syncing option. It has two-factor authentication and an in-built password generator. The NordPass premium version is $36 per year and offers sync options. You can also pay in cryptocurrency.
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