Yet another feature, which I liked about GMail
By on July 10th, 2008

Web based email clients like Gmail have a huge advantage that you can log in to your email account just about from anywhere. From your office, home, cyber cafe, your friend’s home, just about everywhere.

But that facility exposes you to a huge risk. Suppose you forgot to log out. Anybody can access your account and all your correspondences are exposed. Since emails are nowadays extensively used for password retrievals, you can only imagine how much damage this small mistake can cause you.

Gmail has a very useful feature to protect you against this mistake. If you carefully see at the bottom of your Gmail windows, you will find a link, which shows you the details of your last login and the IP address from where you have logged in. See screenshot below.

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If you click on the Details, then a window like the following will open, which will let you know about the activities which have recently happened to your Gmail account.

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And if, your Gmail account is open in any other system, then you are also given the following link.

This account is open in 1 other location at this IP (xxx.xxx.xx.xxx).   Last account activity: 0 minutes ago.  Details

Click on “Details” link to see which all systems you account is logged on.

This seems to be a useful feature.

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Author: Silki
I am Silki Garg, a telecom professional from the holy city of Varanasi in India. I have a natural crush for Technology and having bitten by Blogging Bug. I usually have a contrarian approach.

Silki has written and can be contacted at silki@techie-buzz.com.
  • http://www.blogsdna.com Sandip

    This is one of best feature i liked most about gmail,their is another feature which gmail has be release is related ebay and paypal phishing mails.
    Think of Safer Email inbox !!! Then its one only Gmail :)

  • http://www.netage.co.za Goran Web

    Google has so many features that it is hard to keep up. I really like this feature as a protection mechanism for us users. Its the small things that make the difference.

  • Sudeep

    Hello silki

    I am using outlook express to access my gmail account and to send and receive emails. The account is showing unusual activity as a lot of spam mails are being sent from my account and i don’t have any control over it. I only receive the mails delivery failure notification. Kindly help

  • http://kasha-against-spam.proboards.com/ Kasha

    Recently through this I was able to find out that there was a security problem with a program called Google Notifier which inadvertently gave a wannabe hacker access to an admin of a forum’s contact list and sent spam to all of them in a matter of hours. Woke up the next morning confused how this could happen as all IP’s looked okay and there were no red alerts. Access through an infected computer that has Google Notifier on it will give access to the gmail account.

    I thought this was important to let everyone know as this was just found out by me today when I came across this.

 
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