Check if Your Gmail Account Has Been Hacked
Gmail is one of the most popular email service providers.
Getting your Gmail hacked is frightening. If you are worried about your Gmail account, to check whether it is hacked or not, you can follow the steps given below:
Step 1: Go to Last Account Activity
Once you are in Gmail, go all the way bottom to the page. On the right side corner, you should see the Last Account Activity. To its right, you could see the last time you have logged into your account or the last time when you have done some activity.
Now, comes the cool part.
Step 2: Click on the ‘Details’ button.
You probably have seen the ‘Details’ link over there. When you click on the ‘Details’ button, you will see the table which shows: recent account access time, the way account was accessed (using mobile, browser etc.), the IP addresses along with the name of the place.
Usually, you should pay attention to the following:
1. The first column you can see is the Access type. This column shows the way you access your account. For example, if you access your account from a browser (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer etc) however, the column shows the POP access, and then it means your Gmail is hacked.
2. Is your Gmail hacked? Understand the IP addresses. The second column shows the IP addresses. If you generally sign to Gmail using a single computer then your IP address should always be the same. Or at least the first two sets of numbers should be identical.
3. You should be able to see the concurrent sessions if you are accessing your Gmail account from two locations. Two sessions will appear if your Gmail account is opened on some other computer (or browser).
4. Google also monitors the suspicious activities. It alerts you if it sees the suspicious activity in your Inbox and the Recent Activity Log. You need to understand the alerts it sends to you. Google highlights the suspicious activity if any and shows it above the table.
So, is your Gmail hacked? What to do if it is really hacked?
If at one point if you feel that something is not right or your account has been compromised then the very first thing you should do is to change your password and security question right away.
Try to make sure the new choices you make are secure.
Choose such questions of which you only know the answers. Make sure your answer is memorable and can’t be researched.
Always, sign out of the public computers. If you forgot to sign out of any other computer then you should immediately ‘Sign out all other sessions’ option. This can also be helpful if you happen to lose your smartphone and you want to make sure that no one accesses your Gmail account.
So that’s all about it. Hope you find this useful!