So what do you do if you lose you access? In my case it was compromised, which makes the situation even worse. Everyone on my contact list received an email that I had taken an impromptu vacation to England and had been mugged. The email had a repeat paragraph and was so otherwise poorly written that I had little worry anyone would actually believe it.
Google provides a few ways to get back into your account if it has been taken from you or you simply forgot your password:
- You can have your password sent to another email address you specify inside of your Google account. If you have NOT done this yet you need to do so immediately. It is not done through gmail itself. There is also an option to set a security question and your cell phone number so that a code can be sent via SMS. To access your Google Account click here.
- If the above does not work, and likely if the account has been compromised it will not, there is the password recovery form option. This will ask you a series of questions about your account. To access the automated password recovery form, click here.
If you feel a little more secure about regaining your account if you lose it be sure to keep track of the following things:
- The email addresses of the top five people that you send email to.
- Five of the folder/labels that you have created inside of the web interface if any.
- The date that you signed up for gmail
- If you use other services such as blogger, docs or reader it can help to know when, at least approximately, that you signed up for those services.
Lastly, when you are logged into gmail at the bottom of the screen there is a line which shows the current accesses to your account. If you click on detail you can see all the recent connections.