And if you just answer the Security Question alone, it will allow you to reset your password. Of course, even this answer is more obvious than a seemingly random string. I believe that the security question is necessary. I just got into one of my old accounts and was horrified at how easy it was. In this way, security questions allow you to bypass your password. Thanks for contributing an answer to Ask Ubuntu! Choose something that would be difficult for other people to find out or guess, not something like where you went to school. Would you like to answer one of these instead? Google has completely removed support for security questions and one only had the ability to remove already existing ones.
Give me a list of 1st grade classes and teachers from 20 years ago, and i could start combing the list maybe get 5% of those accounts hacked. He has a diverse background with a strong presence in the digital marketing world. When I came to use Thunderbird it couldn't read the mails from my Googlemail account. If you use Gmail, ask friends and family when they first got an email from your account. It should be that 'after' you enter the correct password, you should then also have to answer the Security Question. Google should consider folks like us in very rural America where mobile phones simply do not work.
Tip 4: With work Google® accounts, G Suite® or Google Apps®, it may be easier to reinstate your account access, as you can always contact the administrator of your domain to reset your password and get your account back. Comparing question strength and memorability reveals that the questions that are potentially the most secure e. For example, Sarah Palin had her Yahoo email account compromised by someone who found the. Other services use security questions as part of an authentication process that will require other personal information. I assumed this would be the challenge question to send a password reminder or reset to the linked email, but no.
Enter an email connected to your account If you're asked to enter an email address you can check now, enter one that you've added to your account. Google found that security questions were not really secure at all as most of the answers can be found with a simple Google search. Recreate Your Account If you can't confirm your identity and you don't actually need the old emails or the old email address, consider setting up a new email account. This is really broken for a lot of people right now. Ideally, you will have a backup account in place and you'll remember the login info, or you still have the same phone number. Security Questions and Gmail Password Reset Recovering your personal or business Gmail account uses the same process. .
If the first time fails, make another attempt, with a different variation on the same answer. Backup Accounts Google will frequently ask if you want to connect a backup email account or a recovery phone number. Search your web browser history for Inbox or Gmail® to see if it reveals your address. It is a small link. Gmail displays your email address in the browser's title bar, so searching your browser's history for Inbox or Gmail might reveal your email address. You will then be asked a series of questions which you must answer to the best of your ability. The layers of security are designed to protect your information.
If your description matches the information we have, this similarity can help your case. We all know we should create secure passwords. That's what happened to me. The Google designated low risk apps see below I left with access were Gnome, Gnome Evolution and Thunderbird. Security questions are often easy to guess and can often bypass passwords. And if i wanted to hack into a friend's gmail account, I'd give myself a 20% chance of success.
If you haven't specified any recovery information, you may still be able to find your username if you have fairly recently accessed your email account through a browser. There is no way to add your security question back in. As the only software that needs access to my Google account the Gnome calendar and Thunderbird I would have thought that just allowing these access would be sufficient but it seems that Ubuntu also needs access. Look for any receipts or contracts that could be helpful. Security question answers are also just easier to guess.
Forgotten Gmail passwords prevent account access, but you can do a password recovery and reset, using several methods. Try using the same computer, smartphone and browser as you use with Gmail. He has published business content in Angling Trade Magazine and writes white papers and case studies for multiple corporate partners. From millions of account recovery attempts we observed a significant fraction of users e. Now everything works again but Google keep telling me my account is less secure. So I went back to the Google security page and switched the access to less secure apps back off.
I did it with the belief that I will add a better question I forgot the answer of the earlier question anyway. However, we live off-grid where there is no cellular phone signal. Google system is generally thorough and smart. On the usability side, we show that secret answers have surprisingly poor memorability despite the assumption that reliability motivates their continued deployment. But when I tried it then I found that there is no option to add a new security question.
Apart from that there is relatively little you can do to keep your Google account secure. The question was where she met her spouse, and the answer — Wasilla High — was accessible with a quick Google search. If you can't find out the date, take your best guess. By clicking that link I was directly forwarded to 'My last device activity', which is definitely not helpful in adding the question again. To learn more, see our. And I saw that I could remove my security question.