Google Adds Suspicious Log-in Detection to Google Accounts

Chris CrumIT Management

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Google is extending the suspicious log-in detection feature it recently launched for Gmail to all Google account users, starting this week. If you use any Google product that requires you to log-in with a Google account, this applies to you.

"Using the IP address you provide to us, our automated system can determine your broad geographic location. If you log in using a remote IP address, our system will flag it for you," explains Google product manager Yariv Adan on the company's Public Policy blog. "So if you normally log into your account from your home in California and then a few hours later your account is logged in from France, you’ll get a notice like the one above at the top of your Dashboard page - alerting you to the change and providing links for more details."

Google Dashboard Gives Warning

"When you get this notice and if you think your account has been compromised, you can then change your password directly from the ‘more details’ pop-up window," adds Adan. Users can click "dismiss" if they know the log-in was legitimate.

Google has also added a link at the bottom of the Dashboard page that lets users easily report an issue.

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