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New Gmail Security

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Security Help

New Gmail Security

Here are some new features for those of you using the Gmail e-mail program! It looks like Google has been working very hard lately and they have built in a couple of new features for Gmail that give you more control over your e-mail account. The new features allow you to see a log of when your e-mail was last accessed and there’s even one that allows you to log out of Gmail remotely. Here’s what you need to know about the features and how they can make your e-mail service more secure. Here we go!

If you log in to Gmail and look toward the bottom of the screen, you should see something that looks like this:

Do you see the part that says “Last Account Activity?” Click on the Details button within that to see your recent account activity. That little link will bring you to a screen that looks like this:

Now, all of this might seem like just a bunch of numbers, but I’ll explain what it all means! The box that says “Concurrent Session Information” is a listing of other computers that are currently logged in to your Gmail account. Usually, that will be empty, but if you check your e-mail on multiple computers, there might be more than one. If you go to this screen and expect to see none listed, but you see more than that, it means another computer somewhere is logged in to your Gmail account. If you don’t want that, just click on the button below that says “Sign out all other sessions.” That button will log out any other computers connected to your account at the time.

Note: If you see that happening often and you think someone else might be logging in to your account without your permission, you should change your password immediately.

The second part of the screen listed as “Recent Activity” will show you which computers have logged in to your account recently. The IP address box shows you the Internet address of the computer that’s logged in and it will also show the time the account was accessed.

Note: If you don’t recognize the log ins and you think someone else is logging in to your e-mail without your permission, again, reset your password immediately.

I’m sure most of you will go to the screen and see nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s nice to be able to check and ensure your e-mail is safe.

One last note: This feature is brand new, so if you don’t see it on your Gmail screen, don’t worry. It will show up within the next week or so. Until next time, stay safe out there, my friends!

~ Gary

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