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More security for Gmail

Your email account contains a lot of personal information, from private, personal letters to business documents. Email that you (probably) don’t want other people to see.

If you are anything like me, you probably sign in to your Inboxes from multiple computers. I, for example, occasionally sign into my e-mail accounts from a friend’s computer, or when traveling, a public computer. As a security paranoid kind of guy, I am sure to sign out before I leave… but every once in a while I wonder if I really did.

Thanks to a new feature in Gmail, I no longer have to wonder about that particular account; with this, I can now track my recent sessions and sign myself out remotely if I somehow forgot to do so.

At the bottom of your inbox page, you’ll see information about the time of the last activity on your account and whether it’s still open in another location.
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By glancing at this from time to time, I can see if something “doesn’t jibe”; like, my account was accessed 15 minutes ago, and I haven’t logged on yet today (that would be a pretty good indication that someone has gotten hold of my logon, and is reading my mail!).

To really see what’s going on, I click on the “Details” link.
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And here I can see my activity history, the IP Addresses that accessed my account (a “*” indicates a match to my current IP), and what type of connection was made. This info can help determine if (and who) unauthorized access is occurring.

But what I like best is the “Sign out all other sessions” button. Clicking this will disconnect any other machines which are logged on by remote control… say, if I did walk away from a session without logging off.

This feature, and the “always use https” setting featured in yesterday’s article, may make security-conscience Hotmail and Yahoo Mail users consider the switch to Gmail. (It has more storage, too.)

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2 Comments »

  1. I have used gmail for many years and wasn’t aware of that link. It is good to know that I can sign myself out remotely.

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    Comment by jimwilbur | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. Well sir, it is a new feature, and it is hard to notice.. way down there at the bottom..

    The ability to report IP’s and shutdown all other sessions is a powerful tool. Should you note someone snooping, you can note the reported IP and (maybe) trace them down; possibly prosecute the offender.
    Also, you’ll kick them out of your Inbox, and you can (and should) immediately set a new password.
    Of course, you will have to figure out how they aquired your password. Maybe they guessed it (or “dictionary cracked” it) if your password was “weak”..? https://techpaul.wordpress.com/2008/02/26/strong-passwords-hidden-admin/

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    Comment by techpaul | August 5, 2008 | Reply


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