Did you know Google keeps a log of every Gmail session? If you suspect any suspicious activity, you can check IPs, browsers, dates and times of each session.
Do you think somebody is accessing your Gmail account without your permission? Whether you suspect someone is reading your mail or just want to double check to make sure there is no suspicious activity, there is an easy way to check. Gmail keeps a log of when and where you are logging in from. Here is how to check the recent activity of your Gmail account will help keep your account safe.
Monitor Gmail Logins
You can monitor recent activity on your account. Log into your Gmail account and scroll down to the bottom of your inbox. Then click the Details link at the bottom of the page.
That will bring up a log that displays the number of places you have logged in from — including your current session. The information includes the browser type, Location/Country, IP address, and date and time. If something looks off, it will be flagged like in the example below.
In addition to showing all the login sessions, it also give you the ability to sign out of all other sessions across devices. Just click the Sign out all other sessions button.
If you want to change the Alert Preferences, scroll down and click on the Change link under Alert preferences. By default, it is set to “Show An Alert On Unusual Activity” and that’s how you should keep it set.
This is a very helpful part of Gmail that most people forget or aren’t aware of. It is a good way to make sure your account is safe. Of course, to further improve the security of your Gmail account you definitely need to enable Two Factor Authentication (2FA) for your Google account. In fact, we can’t stress 2FA enough and you should enable it everywhere it’s offered. For more, read out Two Factor Authentication Guide to help keep your online life secure!