Mar 242010
 
 March 24, 2010  Breaches, Online

Riva Richmond reports:

Google has introduced a new security feature that alerts Gmail users whose e-mail accounts may have been broken into by a malicious intruder and helps them regain full control.

In a blog post Wednesday, Google said that if it sees unusual account activity, such as an uncharacteristic login from a computer with a suspicious I.P. address in Poland, it will show a warning in a red bar at the top of the page. Users will be able to click to get more information, or hit “Ignore” if they were, indeed, in Poland and nothing is wrong.

Users who click for more details will see a list of their recent account activity, including the numerical I.P. addresses of computers that have accessed the account and the number of devices logged in at the same time –- for instance, you at home in New York and a mysterious someone in Nigeria. A warning in a red bar asks users to change their password immediately if they see activity that was not theirs.

Read more in the New York Times Gadgetwise blog.

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