How to know if anybody has opened your Gmail

If you suspect someone reading your mails without your knowledge, there is a way out to find it. Gmail provides the excellent way for you to keep a close eye on your account to safeguard against hacking or silent spying.

Whether you are using your Gmail account for your official work or for personal communication, the privacy of your account is most important.

I advice you to keep checking on your account activity quite often to avoid any unpleasant happening in future. Here’s how you can check if anybody else has opened your account.

Login to your Gmail account and scroll all the way down where the following appears.

Gmail details

Click on the “Details” under “Last Account activity” as depicted above.

The following will open in a separate window. This shows your detailed account and login activities from different IPs and browsers or handheld devices.

Gmail account activity

The table shows the access types, Location as per IP address and date/time when the account is accessed. Look for the following indications to know any suspicious activity in your Gmail account.

1. Access type: Check for the access type you are not using. If Firefox browser is shown bout you use IE, then it’s the indication of compromised account. If it shows POP access bit you don’t use POP to access your mails, then it is the indication of someone accessing your account. In nutshell, check the access type other than you are using.

2. IP address: You will find many IP addresses given in this column. If any of the IP address not issued by your ISP then it raises suspicion. You need to be more attentive in labeling any IP as the intruder as the IP in case of your IMAP or POP access, or the IP in case you have given access to third parties like social networking clients will be different than the IP of your ISP. You may double check the IP location more accurately from third party website like http://ip-lookup.net/.

3. Date / Time: The unusual time of account access raises suspicion. If your mail is currently being accessed from another location, it will be shown as ‘Concurrent session’ table. Do note that this could mean that you simply have another browser window open with Gmail loaded, or that you’re sign in on another computer. If you’re concerned about anything, you can sign out all sessions other than your current session by clicking Sign out all other sessions.

Be vigilant, Be safe…

Article Courtesy: digismarter.com

Vibhor

Vibhor

I am Vibhor. I am lead marketer and managing partner with a leading consultant firm. If I am not in office, I am either reading or writing for VirginWords. I am passionate about work and management related issues. I am co-founder of VirginWords.

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  • Sankar

    Useful Information. Thanks

  • Sankar

    It gives me more confident in using Google Mail Account

    • viwo

      Thanks Sankar. Keep visiting for more exciting stuff.