Gmail is one of the most popular and most widely used free available email service around the globe. But is also frequently targeted by hackers. Much of the time, users might not even realize that their Gmail account has been hacked.
There are some actions that hacker can take and will allow them to be able to read your email without logging into your Gmail account. These include using Gmail for mobile, the IMAP feature, email forwarding, and so on.
While Gmail’s has last account activity feature that can be very helpful. Also Gmail provide some methods that is very useful. In this article, You will find some easiest ways and using them you can increase your Google Account Security and protect yourself from being hacked.
But first thing first. I am sharing with you a couple of quick tips which you can use to monitor whether or not your Gmail account has being hacked. This will teach you how to protect your Gmail accounts in the future. Let’s have a look:
3 Ways to See If Gmail Account is Being Hacked:
Gmail last account activity feature:
Google introduced their last account activity feature a long time ago. Last account activity shows the location, IP, method, and time when your Gmail Account was accessed. It shows the last 10 logins along with the current login.
So the first thing you should do if you are interested in monitoring the activity of your Gmail account is click on last account activity at the bottom of your Gmail account page and check to see when and where your Gmail account was last accessed.
This will give you an idea of whether your Gmail account is being used by someone other than you. You can also log out any other users who may be logging in from another system using this “last account activity” page. If you find any suspicious login then terminate all active sessions.
Email forwarding is another useful feature offered by the Gmail which allows us to forward any email coming into our Gmail account to any other email account. Hackers usually forward all emails to their own accounts and since this feature is not widely known or used, people rarely realize that someone else is reading their email.Go to settings and click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP Tab and check if your email is being forwarded to any other email address.
POP and IMAP settings for Gmail:
IMAP and POP features will allow us to access our email account on any 3rd party email client using any of these two protocols.So hackers can configure their email client to receive your email if they get access to your password. If this feature is enabled that means hacker also will be receiving your emails. If you are not using the IMAP or POP feature, it’s better to keep them disabled.
If you ever have concerns that your Gmail account has been hacked, you should change your password immediately, along with your security question, password recovery email, and registered phone number.
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