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How To Check If Some Intruder Is Accessing Your Gmail Account

If you are suspecting that some hacker or an intruder is accessing your Gmail account without your knowledge then Gmail has a feature called Last Account Activity that will provide you with information about your recent account activity. The information includes the last time that the account was accessed, the IP address from which the access was made, as well as the date and time, it enables user to check and verify that the login is indeed valid and legitimate, and whether there is another person using the Gmail account without your consent and knowledge.

To access the Last Account Activity history, click on the Details link at the end of the Last account activity line at the bottom of any Gmail page as shown in the screenshot below. It will open a new window showing the recent sign-in records from last few hours onwards.

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Once you open the Details link, you will see Activity information window which offers immense information, including user’s current IP address, so that user can know easily which session is opened by him, and if there is another login session to Gmail that does not occur on his or her computer.

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The first line in the recent activity box, indicates all open sessions, along with IP address and Access type — which refers to how email was retrieved, for example, through iGoogle, POP3 or a mobile phone.

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All other enlisted rows, shows the login information which includes access type whether browser or iGoogle, the IP address and date/time. With this information you quickly verify that all the Gmail activity was indeed yours.

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If you suspect the intrusion or violation into your Gmail has occurred, then sign out and log out all Gmail access session that is not on your current computer by clicking on Sign out all other sessions button.

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You should then immediately change your Gmail account password by going to Google Account Settings, and then click on Change Password.

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The Last Account Activity feature can come handy anytime, and is now the most important feature of Gmail and also a reason why you should sign-up for a Gmail account. 😉

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  • thank you very much for this very informative article. Keep em comin’

  • daniela danescu

    an intruder with IP browser 192.87.113.4 is accesing my gmail account despite the fact I have been changed my password. I don’t know what more I can do by now. I feel insecure and unconfortable.

    • I searched for this IP address for you at this website http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm?GetLocation

      It says the IP is from Utrecht, Netherlands. All you can do is guess if anybody you know you might live in this city. Otherwise you can keep a more stronger password and also change the Forget Password Questions and Answers.

      • daniela danescu

        thank you so much Nakodari!

    • Vanessa

      The same happend to me last night!
      It says ppl from Canada and the United States accessed my account!!

      I changed my pasword but I don’t know what else to do and how they gained access to my account, help?

      • Angelix

        My Accounts shows logins from too many IP’s and I have only 3 devices from where I am accessing my G Mail account? What does this mean? Help me  out please!

        Looking Forward!

  • 3green drasgons

    my web history includes searches i never made and ii tried changing my password and sgning ouyt already

  • satz

    hi,
    on the other side, is there any way where if someone accesses your account and the activity info of that session is not displayed in the activity history?

    -Satz

  • Yanko G

    hey guys, does anybody how to get the same info about my skype account? Thanks

  • guest!!

    how to know who tried to login in my account…?? i got 'account recovery -google password assistance' to my alternate email account… saying that someone tried to login your account..