Gmail users get extra security featureGoogle notifies account holders of suspect logins

25 March 2010

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Google has introduced a new feature which notifies Gmail users of any suspicious login activity in their accounts.

The suspicious activity alert was added to Gmail accounts yesterday, and allows Google to automatically send an alert to any Gmail user whose account appears to have been compromised.

Google said it would post a warning message, providing the geographical region from which the breach derived.

'To determine when to display this message, our automated system matches the relevant IP address, logged per the Gmail privacy policy, to a broad geographical location,’ Pavni Diwanji, Google engineering director, explained on the official Gmail Blog.

Google alerts triggered by login location

‘While we don't have the capability to determine the specific location from which an account is accessed, a login appearing to come from one country and occurring a few hours after a login from another country may trigger an alert.’

‘By clicking on the "Details" link next to the message, you’ll see the last account activity window that you're used to, along with the most recent access points,’ Diwanji continued.

‘If you think your account has been compromised, you can change your password from the same window. Or, if they know that it was legitimate access, users can click "Dismiss" to remove the message,’ he ended.

Google said it would be rolling out this feature to Google Apps customers once it had 'gathered and incorporated their feedback'.

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