How to Check if Your Gmail Account Has Been Hacked

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In-light of the most recent Gmail attacks this very moment is a great time to check if your account is one of the that fell victim to the Gooligan malware.

Gmail is the most widely used free email available. Contrary to our guidance many small businesses still use the free Gmail emails to run their business, putting their business and customers at great risk.

In this blog post I’ll go over some security best practices to help protect and secure your Gmail accounts.

LAST ACTIVITY FEATURE:

Google Gmail introduced an Activity on this Account section. Also known as LAST ACCOUNT ACTIVITY. This is not a new feature but I am pretty sure many reading this post do not know about it. The last account activity” shows the geo location, IP address, method of connecting or accessing the account, and time when the Gmail account was last accessed. It shows the last 10 logins.

Google Last Activity

To see your last activity. First, log into your Google Gmail account. Once you log in, scroll down to the bottom of your inbox and you see the log in activity of your account. — The last log in and the number of places you are logged into are displayed. To check more details about the IP address, location and Access Type, click on Details

When reviewing this information, you can validate if the login information belongs to you. A suspicious login could be as obvious as your last access was in Paris, France yesterday at 10am, but you where stuck in the office in California. Others may not be as obvious.

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.

EMAIL FORWARDING:

Something as simple as email forwarding can be used as a weapon of mass destruction. Well not really. The proper use of a Gmail email forwarding is to forward incoming emails to your Gmail account to another email account like an Office 365 email account.

Hackers have other ideas for using the email forwarding feature. 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.

Google Gmail E-mail Forwarding

To check if your emails are being forwarded to another account is very easy. You can go to the forwarding page to check to see if your email is being forwarded to any other email address.

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.

It’s not a bad idea to be paranoid about your online security as you can never be too confident about your preventative measures. It’s better to keep a close eye on your accounts for any unusual activities.

The security experts at Checkuptech advise against using the free Gmail email service for business. Our recommendation is using the Google for business services or Office 365. As a Microsoft Partner Checkuptech can setup any business with a secure, safe email solution that can fit almost any budget. For more information and pricing regarding a Checkuptech email solution give us a call. Expert advise is free, for a limited time.

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Mark Sarria

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An energetic and experienced executive who has been in the center of numerous successful ventures. Entrepreneur and founder of CheckupTech a technology systems solutions company that focuses on HIPAA compliance, data security and designing hyper-converged infrastructure. Being creative, honest and relentless have punctuated his career in IT.