If you’re concerned that someone may be snooping on your Google or Gmail account, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
Google tracks devices and locations accessing your account, which can give clues as to whether or not your account has been hacked.
Why do hackers want your Google account?
Hackers target Google accounts because many people use Gmail as their primary email account. They know that a Google account often provides access to a victim’s bank account, e-wallets, and online shopping accounts. These are valuable to hackers because they can get your money or steal your stuff.
Google’s tracking can help protect you from hackers and snoops.
Google uses various web tracking technologies, such as IP address tracking and cookies, to collect data and learn more about you. Google keeps track of devices and locations accessing your account.
Although this can raise privacy concerns, all this tracking can actually help protect you from hackers and snoops.
Checking your Google account activity can give clues as to whether or not your account has been hacked.
If you see login activity from devices or locations you don’t recognize, someone may have gained access to your account. Or, maybe a family member or friend has been snooping around your Google or Gmail account.
Here’s how to find out…
1) Make sure you’ve signed into your Gmail or Google Account.
2) Then go to Google.com/devices
3) Check the list of computers, phones, and tablets signed into your account in the last 28 days.
You’ll see the same device multiple times because each session is recorded. That’s no cause for concern.
What if I see a computer or device I don’t recognize?
1) Click a device you don’t recognize.
2) Select “Don’t recognize something?” or “Sign out.” This will remotely sign the device out of your account.
3) Change your password so whoever logged in can’t log in again in the future. Make sure it’s a strong password, preferably one you haven’t used before.
What if I see my old devices listed?
Besides your current sessions, you may also see devices that have been inactive for a long time, like an old phone or computer you don’t use anymore. You can also sign these devices out remotely.
If you want to stop using Google on this device, click the one you want. Then sign out. This will remove your account from the device altogether.
Following these steps can help protect you from hackers and snoops. Remember, if you think your account has already been compromised, change your password.
Comment below if you’ve ever been hacked, and what did you do about it?
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