Easiest way to know if you GMail account has been hacked – How to

GMail is a feature rich Email service from Google, on of the widely used one, in the recent times GMail has surpassed Yahoo! and even Hotmail. So what is it about GMail that people are switching so fast.

Firstly, it is free, has unlimited space* and have a lot of features that the counterparts dont, for eg. GMail allows you to use POP and IMAP so you can get mails directly on your email clients, like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird or even on your phone, be it an Android, iPhone or a Blackberry. Gmail is perceived to be the most secured email service it has great security features, excellent spam catching tools, lots of gadgets and addons. We could go Gaga about the featured but maybe in another post.

We are going to speak about how to know if someone has hacked your GMail account, this is the easiest it can get, here goes.

1. Login to your GMail Account and scroll to the bottom of the page and you might see something called the Last Login Activity, click on details (bottom right).

 

Gmail allows you to see the last 10 accesses made to your account. If you wish to see from where all the Access has happened you will be able to see once you click on the details link in the Last Login Activity.

 

Recent activity includes all details of when and how your email was accessed, using a regular web browser, through a POP/IMAP client, from a mobile device, or even Atom Feeds. It will list the IP address of the computer from where the access was made, along with the date and time.

Last Login Activity windows also tell you if there is someone who has logged into your account right now, and you could also go ahead and Sign all the account, if you find suspicion you could Sign out all sessions using the button and change your password.

 

The IP address column is also useful. If you always or most often sign in to Gmail using a single computer, your IP address should be the same, or start with the same two sets of numbers (for example, 203.112.43.55, et.al). If you’re seeing an IP address that differs greatly from your usual IP address, it could either mean that you’ve recently accessed your mail from a different location and/or someone has accessed your email. Your current IP address is displayed below the Recent activity table.

Keep a tab on the Recent Login Activity column, oh and By the way, If there is a suspicion, Google might notify you as well, say for eg. you are in NY and someone from London accesses your account, you will see a Alert bar, along with the geographic region of the suspicious IP address

 

Awesome isn’t it

 

We had also written a similar Article about How to know if your Facebook Account is Hacked.

 

Stay Safe!

 

The DNetWorks Team