Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Is your GMail account compromised?

 

Have this happen to you? Input the correct login details but still can't get in. Recently i got locked out of my own GMail account. Of course i was worried as a lot of my online forum and services logins are registered using that account. I don't know which one exactly but i may have been hacked or keylogged or just plain phished.

Back to the problem, i quickly tried to retrieve my GMail account and after providing proof that i own that account (phone number / other email account / recent contact list) i was given access to the account in less than a day. Props to the staff!

So now i'm more cautious on my online activity. Well to be honest i did use a few public computer on campus to login so would highly recommend anyone to do any logging in from your own computer or laptops.

So here's how you check if your GMail account is compromised. Just go down your inbox and find this handy last account activity function they've made.



When i got back my account i my log shows 5 IP address from Algeria. I was baffled as i've never even been on an Algerian website. I was just happy i got back my account without any real problem, updated a few of my account's details and carried on surfing the web.



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6 comments:

  1. That's unnerving. I think I'm safe for now, though.

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  2. Yeah that crap happens. You gotta me alert.

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  3. I've had this problem before with facebook. i logged in on my mobile phone and it blocked me; apparently the opera mini has a canadian IP. i had to log in from my PC and tell Mark Zuckerberg that i wasn't in canada, i was on my bed.

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  4. I have never clicked that details button before.. now i want to... ;) Thanks

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  5. I change my password every few months, just in case.

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