Now that you’re auditing your online account security, log into your Google account(s) and visit the Account Recovery Options page. Here you can update your secret question and answer, your secondary email address, and even associate your mobile phone number with your account so you can get a password recovery code via text message. (Just a tip: don’t set your Google Voice number as the phone number or automatically forward mail from your secondary email accounts to your Gmail account–if you do, in the event that you lose your password, the recovery process won’t work.)
Some great tips coming out on G Security – although someone commenting on another article pointed out if you were to associate your mobile number with your Google account and then your phone gets lost/stolen the theif could in theory discover your email address, get a password reset link sent to the phone via sms and gain control of your email that way…
Just updated my info – thanks for the tip, will pass this on to my mum and sister, as they use GMail too. 🙂
Is not the best security for your main email not to have a web method for resetting the password. If you are not sure you can remember it write it down on paper, which is much less like to get hacked!