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Ken [PersonRank 0]

Monday, July 7, 2008
6 years ago9,463 views

Google is rolling out new security features out to the latest version of Gmail, which is available for Firefox and Internet Explorer 7.
Possible to see both current and previously sessions with details like IP-number, date/time and protocol.


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TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

I still do not get it :-/

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

Looks interesting, tho I don't have it yet either :)

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

This is a good way to fight against the worst flaw in IT security: HUMAN.

Jared Cherup [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

I remember when AIM came out with a similar feature years ago.

I liked it a lot, now I will feel better about seeing my gmail account history.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

I usually change my password afterward. :D (I don't sign into my Google Account on other computers that much.)

Great feature nonetheless.

Keith Chan [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

Woohoo .. another step to making Gmail the best email web client ...

I don't have it yet, too! ...

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

[moved from "Google rolls out new privacy features..."]

You now can see on which computers your Gmail is open.
You even can remotely sign off on those computers.

I can't find it on my Gmail yet, do you see it?

Read more on
techcrunch.com/2008/07/07/goog ...

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

I don't see this on my account either but I think its a good feature to have for security sake.

Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

Not here too

[put at-character here]Ionut you saw this on your account?
>> googlesystem.blogspot.com/2008 ...

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

At last! This is something I've been wanting for a long time:

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Peekay [PersonRank 1]

6 years ago #

[moved from "remote sign out and usage details"]

Anybody getting this new feature?
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Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

I'm seeing it in both my Gmail and Google Apps accounts now.

Keith Chan [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

I have it too! It's cool. It "seems" my account is safe (for the time being). :)

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

I do not understand why it doesn't work with Opera. Well, in fact it works when you copy & paste the URL of the window, it's just Gmail which doesn't show the line and the link to open the window.

Peekay [PersonRank 1]

6 years ago #

Got it now. Love it.

Above 16 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Justin [PersonRank 0]

6 years ago #

How come your storage is shown in a meter?

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

Wow 16 GB, did you purchase extra GB's?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

Art-One, yeah I did... (I remember it was briefly available for $1 too... blogoscoped.com/archive/2007-0 ...)

Peter Stuifzand [PersonRank 0]

6 years ago #

Google reads my email?

flickr.com/photos/pstuifzand/2 ...

Wilky [PersonRank 1]

6 years ago #

This is a great feature but if a gmail users account is compromised, the mallory will also be able terminate the real users session remotely. By logging into the account both the 'real' owner of the account and the mallory at the other end have access to this feature.

Andy Wong [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

Presenting the log to the end users might be appealing to geeks. I shall see how google will not introduce unnecessary complexity to the UI.

Mysterius [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

Neat! I have it now.

I'm pretty careful about logging on, but this is a nice safety check. Thanks, Google! :)

beussery [PersonRank 10]

6 years ago #

Great new feature!

Code [PersonRank 0]

6 years ago #

Very nice feature... but it doesn't work with IE6 (and maybe with other browsers).
You can use the direct url of the page!
Follow these steps:
1) change your browser's user agent string (eg use "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1)"), close the browser and reopen it in order the change to take effect. From now your browser will be identified as IE7
2) Log in to Gmail with your account, et voilĂ , "Last account activity" is available on the bottom of the page. You click it and the popup opens. Save the url of this page, which will work on all browsers, then undo the changes you made to the user agent string of IE6 and restart the browser.
When you are logged onto Gmail and you need the "Last account activity" page, simply use the url you previously saved.

Krista [PersonRank 0]

6 years ago #

Although this is a great feature for many, I have a shared account with family members and it is confusing them. Is there any way to disable it on a specific account?

Notyou [PersonRank 0]

6 years ago #

Krista – fortunately there is NOT a way to disable this. If somebody's account was compromised, the person who compromised it could simply disable the feature, and be less likely to be "caught".

If your family members are confused by it, tell them not to look at it. Better yet, have them get their own accounts...

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