Google Gmail Security

by David Whitehouse
See Dave Speak SMX London

It’s great to know that Google take Gmail’s security very seriously. Today I logged into Dave’s gmail (to spy on him) and was confronted by this:

“Warning: We believe that your account was recently accessed from: United States.”

This was a bit weird, since Dave had been in the UK and although he was in Munich this week, he certainly hadn’t been to the US! After a bit of investigation we found the IP address and tracked it down to a company – Wordstream.

Wordstream integrates with Google Analytics and Google AdWords – so I imagine this may have caused some kind of problem in Gmail.

If you want to find out who has accessed your gmail, and from where, you can do so by doing the following steps:

  1. Log in to Gmail (well duh!)
  2. On your inbox, scroll to the bottom where you should see the following
  3. Click on details and you’ll see the a history of what browser has accessed your Gmail and from what IP address:
  4. If you want any more information, just do a WHOIS on the IP address.

It’s just good to know that if someone does access your Gmail account from another country, Google does tell you about it – I guess I best stay in the UK when spying on Dave in future!

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