A Devices & Activity dashboard introduced as an extra level of security for Google account & Android users
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A Devices & Activity dashboard introduced as an extra level of security for Google account & Android users

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Found 28th Nov 2014
If you follow the Get Deal (secure https link), you will find all your devices: computers, tablets, phones, etc that are directly or indirectly linked to your Google account(s) & their activity status & locations in the last 28 days.

You may be asked to re-login even if your accessing device is already logged in to your Google account.

Don't panic if you see anything unusual as it could be harmless - read Madferrit's post #11 below.

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Quoted from: mashable.com/201…nt/

Google has launched a new security feature for its users on Monday (24.11.14): A Devices and Activity dashboard, letting you know which devices are accessing your Google account.

The dashboard, available here, shows you a list of all devices active on your account in the last 28 days, as well as the location they're in.

If you see any suspicious activity, a link on top lets you quickly set up your security settings, including changing your password as well as recovery and 2-step verification settings.

That wizard, aimed primarily at administrators but accessible to all Google users, can be accessed directly at:

https://g.co/accountcheckup

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Security benefits better explained here: wired.com/201…rd/

"Email hacking is a problem that won't be going away anytime soon. But if you're diligent and take the proper precautions, you can significantly minimise the chances someone bad will be able to get into your account. Google wants to help too. The company has a new tool that lets you easily check when and where your account has been accessed over the last month to make sure nothing unusual is happening.

The Devices and Activity Dashboard lists what devices are connected to your Google Account, along with when and where they've been accessed. The list stays up to date for the past 28 days. If a new device recently began accessing your account, "New" is stationed in all caps next to the product listing. The device you're currently using with your Google account is listed at the top.

If you notice something suspicious, like a new Mac accessing your account when you only own PCs, you can click "Secure your account" to change your password, update your recovery information, check app passwords and account permissions, or check your two-step verification settings. (If you don't have two-step verification set up, now is a very good time to do so.)

In Gmail, you can also check recent account activity the old fashioned way. At the bottom right of your inbox or any open email, beneath "Last account activity" you can click "Details" to see when and where your account has been accessed. There, you can also sign out other active sessions besides the one you're currently using."

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To the Mods: I've put this in the Mobiles section, but please feel free to move elsewhere if you deem fit.

28 Comments

Interesting.. Have to check that for each of my google accounts

Interesting. Thank you.

Worth a look,cheers.

Nice find OP have some heat
never knew about that i have checked my multi accounts and removed phones and tablets i no longer have.

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sdduk2

Nice find OP have some heat never knew about that i have checked my … Nice find OP have some heat never knew about that i have checked my multi accounts and removed phones and tablets i no longer have.


No problem, it was only introduced a few days ago, so still relatively new.

Gutted, someone accessed my account using an iPad a week ago which definately wasn't me as I'm Android through and through

Huge thanks and heat to OP for the heads up.

tightasagnatschu

Gutted, someone accessed my account using an iPad a week ago which … Gutted, someone accessed my account using an iPad a week ago which definately wasn't me as I'm Android through and through


Me too, an iPad on the 21st. Changed password, thanks OP.

dereklogan7

Me too, an iPad on the 21st. Changed password, thanks OP.



Exactly the same. iPad on the 21st - how weird.

tightasagnatschu

Exactly the same. iPad on the 21st - how weird.


Looks like Google has been hacked and this is why they have brought this out.

A few pointers when viewing the data you see;

1) Location might not be exact. According to my info, my account was accessed yesterday from a windows machine in Ilford (East London). The only windows machine I use is at work, and Ilford is approx 10 miles away from my work place, so I'm guessing the ISP we use is routed to Ilford and not local.

2) Accessed by iPad ... I have one iPad in the family which I don't use to access my emails, but it is set up with YouTube which incidentally is linked to my Google account.. so don't panic if you see something like that, just think back and try and remember what you have given permission to. Its easy to forget.

cool thanks

This doesn't seem entirely accurate. I had an Android device access about an hour ago, which leaps out at me because I don't have any Android devices. But the browser used on this Android device was supposedly Internet Explorer...

I agree with Madferrit
I had it where it said i was in germany but i was sitting at my desk at the time
It just how they route their traffic it bounces of different towers before it gets to you.

Shouldn't this be in Misc? This is just a summary page for your Devices.

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nascent

Shouldn't this be in Misc? This is just a summary page for your Devices.


Yes, you're probably right, but it may get missed by most. I only ever look in the Misc section once or twice a year.

P.S. if you notice I put a note at the bottom: "To the Mods: I've put this in the Mobiles section, but please feel free to move elsewhere if you deem fit."
Edited by: "Crossbow" 29th Nov 2014

Crossbow

Yes, you're probably right, but it may get missed by most. I only ever … Yes, you're probably right, but it may get missed by most. I only ever look in the Misc section once or twice a year.P.S. if you notice I put a note at the bottom: "To the Mods: I've put this in the Mobiles section, but please feel free to move elsewhere if you deem fit."



I think it's in the right place. Thanks for posting. It's really helpful.

Who looks in Misc anyway?

why do I need to enter my username and password when clicking on the link if i'm already logged on to gmail? seems dodgy to me. where does this link come from?

dalmore12

why do I need to enter my username and password when clicking on the link … why do I need to enter my username and password when clicking on the link if i'm already logged on to gmail? seems dodgy to me. where does this link come from?



It's all in the description but if you're still sceptical then just look at the web address (it's a google link) or go to google.com/set…ity and then you can access the dashboard from there. So nothing dodgy. You must not be logged in or Google needs to verify you log in details again as you're trying to access security features.

Thanks..noticed my old phone was still attached to my Gmail account. Password changed and user access revoked! Cheers

Thanks OP

Very Handy

Fagol

I think it's in the right place. Thanks for posting. It's really helpful. … I think it's in the right place. Thanks for posting. It's really helpful. Who looks in Misc anyway?



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Thank you, heated added

Thanks for that.

I'd check those iOS devices are what they say they are, my panel is misidentifying my Nexus 5 as an iPhone when I'm on my work wireless network. I've check the activity, validated the IP and the device and I'm confident that this is misidentification and not anything else.

A Galaxy Note device in South America?

edit: says UK in Google security but South America in device locator. Don't have a note either... maybe that's wrong too.
Edited by: "quixoticduck" 3rd Dec 2014

interesting, great find!
thanks

THANKS
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