Detecting suspicious account activity @ Google mail

My account had some activity as listed down with the below blog post @ google mail blog/ Blogger.  The reasons of the unknown activity by Google mail in the account was due to :-

  • SPAM mails
  • Unknown user’s email opened (just by a click of a mouse – so simple).
  • Unknown attachments blocked by Google -which were later opened.
  • Social networking sites emails.
  • Tweets, Buzz, WordPress, Blogger  – which have the email id – might be helpful to get the ID’s in lot size to spammers.

Request all the friends to go thru the below blog post and take actions necessary.

I had changed the password – after I posted about it simultaneously @ www.WP.com ; Now again I had some red Spots in the Google mail app notification asking me again to change my password after I had received an email from Canada.

Yesterday, Shrinidhi had live blogged from an event focussed on Internet & mobile communication and the challenges it created for the National sceurity. More detials here

Its better to be safe than sorry!

A few weeks ago, I got an email presumably from a friend stuck in London asking for some money to help him out. It turned out that the email was sent by a scammer who had hijacked my friends account. By reading his email, the scammer had figured out my friends whereabouts and was emailing all of his contacts.

Here at Google, we work hard to protect Gmail accounts against this kind of abuse. Today were introducing a new feature to notify you when we detect suspicious login activity on your account.You may remember that a while back we launched remote sign out and information about recent account activity to help you understand and manage your account usage. This information is still at the bottom of your inbox.

Now, if it looks like something unusual is going on with your account, we’ll also alert you by posting a warning message saying, “Warning: We believe your account was last accessed from…” along with the geographic region that we can best associate with the access. To determine when to display this message, our automated system matches the relevant IP address, logged per the Gmail privacy policy, to a broad geographical location. While we dont have the capability to determine the specific location from which an account is accessed…..

via Official Gmail Blog: Detecting suspicious account activity.

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One thought on “Detecting suspicious account activity @ Google mail

  1. Google already used to show IP address of last access, good that now they’re specifying the location

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