If you secure your YouTube account, you can protect it from being hacked or hijacked.
Note: If you believe your account has been hacked, follow these steps to keep it secure.
Create a strong password and protect it
Create a strong password
A strong password will keep your personal data safe and other people will not have access to your account.
Create a strong and complex password: use at least 8 characters. It can be any combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.
Make sure your password is unique: Don’t use your YouTube account password on other sites. If another website is hacked, the password could be used to access your YouTube account.
The password should not contain personal data or common phrases: do not use information such as your birthday, common words (such as „password”) or frequently used strings like „1234”.
Protect your password from hackers
Never share your login details
Check security regularly
Visit the Security Checkup page for personalized recommendations for your account, and follow them to protect your account.
Add or update account recovery options
- Prevent any other user from using your account without your consent.
- Warn you about suspicious activity on your account.
- Allow you to regain access to your account if you lose it.
Turn on two-step verification
- security keys (the most secure type of verification),
- confirmations from Google (safer than SMS codes),
- Google Authenticator application (used to obtain codes without using the Internet or mobile data transmission).
Remove suspicious people from your account
- Change or remove access to your YouTube account
- Change or remove access to your Brand Account
Delete websites and applications you don’t need
Update software and back up your account
Take care of protection against suspicious messages and content
Phishing is when a hacker claims to be a trustworthy person to gain access to personal information such as financial details, social security number or credit card number.
Hackers can pretend to be employees of institutions, family members or friends, and communicate via e-mail, SMS, websites or other means.
People on the YouTube team will never ask you for your password, email address, or other account-related information. Don’t be fooled when someone contacts you with reference to YouTube.
Avoid suspicious requests
- Do not reply to suspicious emails, text messages, instant messages, website notifications, or phone calls that ask for personal or financial information.
- Do not click on links in emails, messages, websites or pop-ups from untrusted sites or from untrusted senders.
- YouTube emails are sent from @ youtube.com or @ google.com only.
Avoid questionable websites
Report spam and phishing
Define and check channel permissions
If you’re a creator, you can invite other people to manage your YouTube channel, but you don’t need to share your Google Account with them. This person can access the channel as:
- Manager: Can add or remove users and edit channel information.
- Editor: Can edit all channel information.
- Viewer: Can view (but not edit) all channel information.
- Viewer (restricted): Can view (but not edit) all channel information except revenue data.