May 10, 2011

Detecting Suspicious Activity on GMAIL

Gmail Session DetailsWell sometimes you think that your account has been operated from any else computer or mobile device and maybe there is a
suspicious game being played on your account so to have a brief look @ the account activity logs, Gmail provides you with a very special LOG tacking feature which captures every single iP account accessed with and the location of that iP so if you wanna check that LOG follow the below steps and check the suspicious activity.
Follow the below Steps .:
1. Open up your Gmail account and navigate to the bottom of the page .:
Gmail details
2. Click on details .:
Gmail Session Details
Now, you can see lists of  last 10 IP addresses from where you or hacker had logged into your Gmail account (Previously only last 5 IP addresses were shown).

IP address:
 An Internet Protocol address(IP address)  is a number assigned to devices(PC) in computer networks like telephone number is assigned to every telephone.

1st Column is Access type: if you are accessing your Gmail account from browser then you should see Browser in this column but if your Recent activity table is showing some POP access(Outlook, Thunderbird etc.), it may be a sign that your account has been compromised.

2nd Column is Location: this column shows your IP addresses from where you have accessed your account.  You can use this IP Locator website which will assist you in locating the geographical location of an IP Address. If one location is Pune and the other shows Chennai then someone else has accessed your account but if both shows same location then you need to know more information about this IP address.
Open this whois website and enter the IP address. You will see lots of information like ISP name, address, contact number, email address etc. which will help you to decide whether your account has been compromised or not.
Concurrent Sessions .: If your mail is currently being accessed from another location, you will see  list of other session(s) in the Concurrent session information table. You can sign out all sessions other than your current session by clicking Sign out all other sessions and change your password if you think your account has been compromised.

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