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gMail Feature: Account Activity Details

posted Aug 17, 2014, 3:40 PM by Matthew Bailey
Few people have every REALLY looked at their inbox. Have you ever noticed the activity monitor at the bottom right-hand side of your inbox? This section gives you more information about your account activity. In the first example, gMail is happy; the last time my account was used was 2 days ago and there are no "red flags". In the second example, gMail thinks there could be a problem and is concerned that I am logged-in to this account from two places at once and both sessions have activity within the last minute.
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Also, there is an available link to see "Details". Inside the details window, gMail provides its best estimation of your usage including a list of known IP addresses and their estimated location. When gMail is accessed through a local network, the geolocation is pretty accurate. However, when accessing your gMail through cellular data, it can be thousands of miles off.
Also, in the "Details" window, there is a very useful button that allows you to sign out of ALL sessions. This is particularly useful if you forget to log off of a library computer or student computer.
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