How to Check if Your Gmail Account Has Been Hacked


Nilesh Jain (Assistant Manager)     27 January 2011

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If you’re worried about email security, here is a step by step guide to help you check and determine if your Gmail account has been hacked or compromised in any way.

 

Step 1: Find the ‘Last Account Activity’ Section Your Inbox


At the bottom of your Gmail inbox there is a ‘Last Account Activity’ section. Click on ‘details’ to launch the full blown monitor.

 

 

Step 2: See who has accessed your Gmail account recently


Next, what you’ll see is a table of the most recent activity from your Gmail account. It shows you
  • How it was accessed (Browser/mobile etc)
  • Where exactly the IP address is (So you can do some further digging)
  • When it was accessed

 

 

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Nilesh Jain (Assistant Manager)     27 January 2011

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Step 3: Understand the IP addresses – Has your Gmail really been hacked?


If you see IP addresses from different countries, don’t be too quick to panic. If you use any 3rd party services which hook-up to your Gmail account, they will almost certainly show up in your activity log. To do you own investigation, you can use DomainTools to identify the IP address. This will help you differentiate normal activity and your Gmail account being hacked.

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Nilesh Jain (Assistant Manager)     27 January 2011

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Step 4: Understand the alerts – Google’s way of highlighting suspicious activity


Google will also do it’s fair share of monitoring, and will also alert you if it sees suspicious activity both in your inbox, as well as your recent activity log. When this happens, and the IP addresses look suspicious, it is advisable to play it safe, assume your Gmail account has been hacked, and change your passwords immediately.

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sree ( Article assistant )     27 January 2011

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thanks man nice info

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Om Prakash Regmi (Subject Matter Expert)     27 January 2011

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thanks!!!!!!!

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M .K. Jha (CA Final)     27 January 2011

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its good to share this...

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ka@meeni (a learner)     27 January 2011

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its happens with my gmail a/c

is other  solution  available xcept changing passward

than plz share.......

rahul (student)     27 January 2011

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GOOD INFO .. THNX 4 SHARING... KEEP IT UP .. TC


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thanks for sharing the nice information

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Ria Saraf (CA final student)     27 January 2011

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thanks for sharing

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