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One Point Access

wonder [PersonRank 3]

Monday, November 17, 2008
15 years ago2,619 views

If someone hacks into your gmail account then they would have access to all your google services you subscribe to. But if they access your gmail account then you will know about it because gmail logs your session with the date and ip number of when you logged in. Other google services do not do that.

So, would it be better for google to give gmail users the option of having one point access? Meaning that if you wanted to, then you can only access your google docs, calendar, reader, and so on, by first logging into your gmail account? That way someone who hacked into your account cannot bypass the recorded log in session that gmail provides.

For example, no one can just go to the google docs log in page to access their google docs (the password will not work there), but will have to log into gmail first if they have one point access enabled.

What do you guys think?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

That would be a bit annoying if someone sent you a link to a document shared on Google Docs that you needed to sign in to edit. Usually you could just click the link, sign in and be taken straight to the document. With your suggested method you would need to click the link, be told you needed to sign in, try to sign in, fail to sign in, go to Gmail, sign in and click the link to the document again (unless you were already signed in).

I think a more simple solution would be for Google to have one page where you could see all account activity for any Google service.

wonder [PersonRank 3]

15 years ago #

Tony, you are right on both points. I did not think of that...

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